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Become a Backer

Your guide to backing and supporting businesses you love

How Backing Works

Backers fund a portion of an Able loan while helping the business access the lowest-cost capital possible while earning a return on their contribution.

The Basics of Backing

Backing is not Gifting

When you become a Backer in an Able loan, you become a co-lender to the business alongside Able. We put your capital and ours to work to support the business while you earn a return on the funds contributed.

Backing opens the door for Able

By contributing your funds to an Able loan, you are helping the business unlock a significantly lower interest rate and a higher total loan amount than they would typically qualify for with a traditional lender.

Backing is different than investing

For the entrepreneurs we fund, it is often important that the equity in their businesses stays whole and isn’t diluted. For the purpose of our loan, interest is offered in place of basis points.

Backing is more than a transaction

The people that Back Able loans are typically the friends, family and fans that support an entrepreneur the most. Our hope is that in addition to funding, Backers will champion the business and provide support along the way.

Backing is easy

With Able, you never feel like a bill collector. We return your money each month via ACH bank transfer until you are paid back in full with interest. You can always check your repayment status in a straightforward dashboard.

Backers join our Network

When you Back an Able business, you become part of our community of Business Owners and Backers who support each other. Backers have the opportunity to attend exclusive events and Back other businesses.

Who are Backers?

Able provides the lowest cost of capital of any online lender by involving a business owner's friends, family and fans as co-lenders.




How Backers are Paid

  • $100,000 Loan Principal
  • 15% Able Rate
  • 10% Backer Rate
  • 36 Month Term
Able’s Principal + Interest
$3,381 Per Month
Backer Interest Only Payment
$208 Per Month
Backer Principal + Interest
$3,589 Per Month
Able Payback Date

Able’s matching loan is paid back first, while Backers receive interest-only payments. Once Able’s Senior Lender is paid back in full, Backers are then paid back in full on an accelerated p+i schedule

Common Questions

Who can be a backer in an Able loan?

A backer can be a friend, family member, advisor, or customer who believes in an entrepreneur and their business. We require that business owners recruit at least two outside backers for their Able Growth and Refi loan. Spouses and children can participate as backers, but can’t contribute to the required minimum backer amount.

Who can't be a backer in an Able loan?

A backer can’t be people without a valid U.S. bank account; people not legally domiciled in the U.S.; the business entity; anyone with whom we are legally prevented from doing business with; and anyone who we suspect presents a risk of money laundering or other illegal activities.

How many backers can fund in one business through an Able loan?

Start loans are funded 100% from backers. Growth loans require at least two outside backers. Refi loans require only one backer, which can be the business owner. Each Able loan can have a maximum of nine backers.

What percent do borrowers have to raise from backers towards their loan?

Most borrowers need to raise at least 10% of their total loan amount, and then we fund the remaining percent of capital. Borrowers may choose to raise more than 10% from backers, which lowers their overall interest rate. Able may also require some riskier borrowers to raise more than 10% from backers.

How large or small of an amount can I fund per business?

The minimum backer funded amount per business is $1,000 and there is a 50% threshold—no single backer can fund more than 50% of total capital.

What interest rate do I charge the business?

Backers can charge the same interest rate as Able, or choose to go as low as 2%.

Can I back more than one business at a time?

Absolutely, you can fund as many as five businesses per year through Able.

What type of vetting does Able do on the business?

Every business that is approved for an Able Growth and Refi loan has gone through our underwriting process, which involves a credit check on the owner(s), and a thorough review of the business’s financials. Able does not vet Start loan candidates.

How does the funding work?

Able collects all the backer money then disburses it together with the Able money. (We do it this way to deter fraud).

How do payments work?

Able collects one payment on behalf of Able and all backers, then makes payment to the backers.

How long does the process take?

Once the borrower has raised all their backers, it typically takes a little less than a week to fund.

When will I be paid back?

You will receive interest-only payments until Able is paid back in full, which typically occurs when the loan reaches 75-90% of its term. At this time, you will then begin receiving principal and interest payments. Backers are paid back in full with interest when the loan reaches maturity.

Why does Able do it this way?

By insisting that Able gets paid first, we can significantly decrease our risk. This gets passed onto the borrower in the form of lower interest rates.

What happens if the borrower defaults on their loan payments?

Backers are subordinated to Able, who is senior in the Able loan structure. This means backers take first loss before Able if a borrower defaults. If default occurs before the loan term ends, backers get to keep the interest accrued to-date but lose your principal amount. Your personal credit is never impacted throughout the process.

Can I contact Able with questions?

Yes, we welcome questions and feedback. Chat, email, or call us at 512.222.5425.