Borrowing from Friends and Family Seattle WA

Entrepreneurs often turn to family and friends for funding when starting a business, but it can be a perilous choice which puts important relationships at risk. One must weigh the benefits and the potential losses carefully before creating such an agreement.

Union Bank of California - Seattle Main Branch
(888) 818-6060
901 5th Ave Ste 1200
Seattle, WA
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Washington Federal - International Branch
(206) 624-7930
601 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA
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U.S. Bank - Rainier Tower Branch
(800) 872-2657
1301 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $10.95. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
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Bank of America - Main Office
(800) 432-1000
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - Dexter Horton Branch
(800) 432-1000
701 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Wells Fargo - Seventh & Olive Branch
(866) 245-3452
720 Olive Way, Suite 107
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $30.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.50 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Bank of America - Metropolitan Branch
(800) 432-1000
1309 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - International Branch
(800) 432-1000
525 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - First Hill Branch
(800) 432-1000
1201 Madison Street
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - Bank Of America Fifth Ave Plaza
(800) 432-1000
800 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA
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monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
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Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Borrowing from Friends and Family

When starting up a new business or making an investment, entrepreneurs may well find themselves turning to family members or friends for some much-needed funds. This is anything but uncommon; some of the most well-known companies in the country were founded using the capital of friends and family. Richard Branson received a loan from a generous aunt to start Virgin Records, Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart with funds lent by his father-in-law and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun borrowed money from his family’s dentist. Friend and family loans can be an integral part of the entrepreneurship process. In fact, such loans are the second most popular source of start-up capital after self-funding, according to Entrepreneur.com.

But be warned: There can be a great many dangers along the way. Entrepreneurs who borrow money that they never repay could wind up forever destroying once-great friendships or creating devastating family feuds.

“There is the risk to the relationship,�? Helen Payne Watt, director of content for Virgin Money , a company that manages loans between friends and family, said. “It’s a perception that a lot of people have. Their first gut reaction is, ‘Oh no, you shouldn’t do that!’�?

Friends and family can often offer lower interest rates than traditional lenders
Friends and family often offer lower interest than banks Even so, loans from friends and family offer some substantial benefits. Rates are typically lower, terms tend to be more flexible and the approval process is significantly simpler than with traditional loans.

“When there are loans between individuals who know each other there’s no application process, there’s no filling out of forms, there’s no credit check. All that is done based on the relationship,�? Watt said.

So how can eager entrepreneurs keep their personal relationships from going belly-up when borrowing start-up capital? Here are a few tips to consider:

Choose lenders carefully.

Some friends and family members may not be capable of offering “no strings attached�? loans, and may consider someone's indebtedness to them as a free license to meddle with their business and their life. Any friends or family members who may have ulterior motives for helping an investor out should be left off the list, according to Entrepreneur.com. Additionally, it can be worthwhile to “think outside the box�? when considering potential sources of capital, according to Expert Business Source, an online publication dedicated to small business issues. Parents, aunts and childhood friends are only a small portion of the potential lender pool. Consider extended relations and family acquaintances as well.

Present a solid, professional business plan.

“Much like explaining the business to an investor, a borrower should put together a short presentation for family and friends,�? according to Expert Business Source. Although friends and family may n...

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