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How to Get Funding for Small Businesses in Thailand

April 04, 2015 | Sharon Cheong

If you've been thinking about starting your own small business in Thailand, one of the first questions that must be answered is about financing for your business. This is one of the first and probably the hardest hurdles to get over in the beginning. If you have sufficient backing through investors or property that you can use as collateral, then the job becomes much easier. 

Do You Have Collateral? 

Before speaking to a bank or lender about a loan for your new small business, be sure to have all your paperwork in order including your business plan. Being prepared is one of the keys to success. If you are planning to leverage one of your investments or collateral, then make sure you have a clear deed to this or other proof of ownership. 

Seek Financing in Your Country of Origin 

In Thailand mortgage lending for foreigners has traditionally been very difficult. In spite of the shift in policies in recent years, financing for a small business can be difficult for foreigners. Due to this fact, many professionals recommend that foreigners acquire their financing in their home country before coming to Thailand to set up their business. 

Get Help from Local Consultants 

The Thai government is working now to make it easier for foreigners coming to Thailand in order to encourage economic growth. Due to the restrictions concerning foreigners owning property, many financial professionals suggest getting help from a local consulting company in Thailand. Local financial consultants offer clear direction and innovative ideas when it comes to being able to get funding for your small business. They can help you put together all of the viable documents and information you will need. 

Working with Thailand's Major Banks 

In the last 10 years, Bangkok Bank began offering offshore financing to foreigners who wished to purchase real estate in Thailand. Borrowers can get up to 70% of the property's value. A few of the requirements for these loans include documents that prove your annual income, such as a letter of employment and a business plan. 

United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Singapore now offers similar programs to foreigners seeking to purchase real estate in Thailand. In every situation an application fee is required along with other miscellaneous fees and charges. Be sure to ask about these before signing any final paperwork. You must also meet in person with a bank officer to discuss your loan. That means that you must be in Thailand at the time of initiating your loan application. 

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