eBay and Square Capital Team Up to Offer Sellers Business Financing


Through a new partnership, eBay sellers may be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in funding in as little as one business day.

While many small businesses still struggle to obtain the financing they need, Square Capital will provide eligible eBay sellers with a simple, seamless, and transparent funding experience.

“eBay is deeply committed to partnering with our sellers to help them grow their business, and our agreement with Square Capital is a great example of how we are helping our sellers succeed by offering them a fast and easy way to access funding. eBay sellers in the US will be able to apply for as little as $500 or as much as $100,000 to help with whatever their business needs might be – from payroll and inventory to equipment and marketing. We will continue to invest in our financial service offerings for our sellers.”

Scott Cutler, Senior Vice President, Americas at eBay

Since 2014, Square Capital has facilitated $2.8 billion to more than 180,000 businesses and in 2016 began providing loan offers to businesses outside of the Square ecosystem through its partnerships program.

Square Capital facilitates loans ranging from $500 to $100,000 to all types of small businesses, providing critical financing to sellers that may be either unable to access loans from traditional lenders, or whose needs are not served by existing offerings.

The company is able to meet the needs of sellers as they grow their business – enabling them to use funding for activities ranging from purchasing inventory and equipment, to marketing, to expanding sellers’ omnichannel presence and managing everyday cash flow needs.

“Expanding access to capital, including to those who have been underserved when seeking funding, is core to Square’s purpose of economic empowerment. Square Capital understands the needs of small businesses and facilitates a simple, seamless funding experience. We’re proud to partner with eBay and enable more sellers across the US to invest in growing their business.”

Jacqueline Reses, Head of Square Capital

Providing Access to Capital to Small Businesses

According to a study by the Federal Reserve Banks, access to capital is one of the biggest hurdles in making business growth a reality, with 70% of small businesses not receiving the funding they want.

Square Capital aims to address this challenge head-on. Loans through Square Capital have a simple loan application that takes only a few steps, removing the need to fill out long, often complicated forms.

Additionally, funding is in the hands of approved customers quickly, in as little as one business day after submitting an application.

This speed of funding supports the cash flow needs of small business owners and allows them to immediately put the funds to use and grow their business.

Finally, the experience is transparent, as loan offers through Square Capital clearly detail the total borrowing cost, which, with timely payment, never changes for the life of the loan.

Launching Shortly to Select eBay Sellers

Select eBay customers will begin receiving email invitations to apply for a loan through Square Capital in the third quarter of 2018.

eBay and Square Capital will work together to market Square Capital directly to eBay sellers. Square Capital will assess eligibility and risk, and determine appropriate sized loan offers by taking a holistic view of an applicant’s financial profile.

All loans are issued by Celtic Bank, a Utah-chartered Industrial bank, Member FDIC, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Another Split from PayPal?

As PayPal’s sphere of influence diminishes over the next few years on eBay, this seems to be a hedge for the popular PayPal Working Capital loans program.

READ MORE: eBay Invites Sellers to eBay Payments “Beta” with Fee Discount Enticement

Those who are familiar with PayPal Working Capital, this will sound similar and likely uses sales data from eBay for the credit decision.

In the PayPal Working Capital program, PayPal makes loan decisions based on the account transaction volume. Sellers pay off their loan with automatic deductions from the daily PayPal transactions.

The Square Up program, which seems to be the basis for this eBay program, uses a similar repayment method.

There was no word from eBay if this will be part of the new eBay Payments program, which could allow a similar repayment scheme.

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