Assets can be roughly divided into two categories, hard assets and soft assets, do you know the difference between each?
Asset finance helps businesses of all shapes and sizes to acquire the assets they require to grow and be prosperous.
The types of assets that your business requires to move forward will depend on a variety of factors including your industry, your business plan, and how established the business is.
Generally, assets are said to either be hard assets or soft assets.
Asset finance is most commonly used to acquire hard assets. Hard assets are usually physical, high value items that are essential to a business’ operation. This could include the following:
- Commercial vehicles
- Manufacturing equipment
- Printing presses
- Construction vehicles
- Plant equipment
- Engineering equipment
- Agricultural machinery
Financing hard assets provides finance companies with good security as the assets tend to retain value for many years, even at the end of their lease.
Soft assets may be more difficult to obtain with asset finance as they pose a bigger risk to the finance company. Soft assets are lower value items and have little or no value by the end of their lease. Examples of soft assets include:
- Computer hardware and software
- Office furniture
- Security systems
- Air conditioning systems
- Electronic Point of Sale systems
If you require soft assets, then you may still be able to acquire them using asset finance by providing some additional security. This could include a deposit towards the asset, a director’s guarantee, or securing the asset with another existing asset to offset the risk. However not all asset finance companies will provide funding for soft assets.
Find out more about our asset finance solutionshere at Richmond Asset Finance by giving our team a call on 0113 288 3277 to discuss your requirements in more detail.