Simple Solutions: Here’s Where to Find Funding Before Interest Rate Hikes Hit

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June 1, 2022

 The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates to fight inflation. But rate hikes can also hurt business owners and lower consumer spending. Let’s dive in.

Interest rates are increasing as the Fed tries to combat rising inflation.

Interest rate hikes will impact your business

How? Great question. Well, rate hikes are going to continue until inflation calms down, which could lead to triple the interest rate we’ve seen. That means credit is tightening and it may be harder for your business to get funding. Why is the Fed hiking interest rates? Their end goal is to reduce inflation and stabilize pricing.

The Fed’s rate hikes are a big deal and will impact your business. We suggest you check in with your bank and lenders to see what the interest rate spike means for your business.

Loan interest rates are rising. Here’s how that could affect you.

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Is inflation affecting your business? You’re not alone.

The interest rate hikes are meant to lower inflation, which has been impacting business owners since the COVID-19 pandemic began. According to our research, 71% of small-business owners reported at least a 20% increase in costs for supplies and services. Business owners are increasing their prices and reducing inventory to save money and break even.

With the Fed hiking interest rates, things may come back to normal soon. But until then, short-term business loans can help your business survive the madness.

We recommend Lendio and BlueVine for funding your business.

We’ve previously covered cryptocurrency, climate change, and post-COVID-19 economic recovery… Check out all previous editions of Simple Solutions on our website!

Thank you for reading. We’ll see you next week.

     - Alex and the team

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Alex Kerai
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Alex Kerai
Alex reports on emerging consumer trends. Previously he was a staff writer for, with a focus on inventory management and ecommerce. He also started and wrote the Simple Solutions newsletter that was delivered to email subscribers each week, featuring news and interviews with business leaders and academics across the world. His writing on consumer trends can also be seen on,,,, and Utilizing his experience in multimedia content creation for businesses, non-profits, and educational institutions, Alex writes for businesses today.
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