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  • Sales Phase 6 - Key Step #3


    Recap:

    On our Sales Process map, if each Stage is a mile marker on the highway to Funding, the roadways in between the markers are the Phases.



    Here are all the Phases:
    • Phase 1 – The Prospecting Phase

    • Phase 2 – The Consulting Phase

    • Phase 3 – The Application Sending Phase

    • Phase 4 – The Application Reeling-in Phase

    • Phase 5 – The Submitting Phase

    • Phase 6 – The Closing Phase

    • Phase 7 – The Contracting Phase

    • Phase 8 – The Contract Reeling-in Phase

    • Phase 9 – The Closing Stip Reeling-in Phase

    • Phase 10 – The Funding Phase



    Each one of these Phases has specific steps to complete to get to the next Stage, and there are Key Steps to take in each Stage to accelerate your sales cycles and closings.

    This is what it looks like when we put it all together:
    • Stage 0 – Start:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • We have prepared and are ready to engage our Lead, pick up the phone and make contact.

    Next: Phase 1 – The Prospecting Phase
    • Stage 1 – The Prospected Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Lead has been pre-qualified and confirmed to be a Prospect worth pursuing.

    Next: Phase 2 – The Consulting Phase
    • Stage 2 – The Consulted Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Prospect has been consulted about their goals/needs/obstacles, how our solutions can help them achieve their outcome, and has confirmed they want a quote.

    Next: Phase 3 – The Application Sending Phase
    • Stage 3 – The Application Out Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Application has been sent to the Prospect, and it has been confirmed it was received.

    Next: Phase 4 – The Application Reeling-in Phase
    • Stage 4 – The Application In Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Application is in with all supporting paperwork.

    Next: Phase 5 – The Submitting Phase
    • Stage 5 – The Submission Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Funding Package/Application has been submitted to Underwriting.

    Next: Phase 6 – The Closing Phase
    • Stage 6 – The Pitched Approval Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Approval(s) have been pitched and sold to the Prospect.

    Next: Phase 7 – The Contracting Phase
    • Stage 7 – The Contract Out Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The Prospect has demonstrated intent to fund, requested contracts and we have sent them out.

    Next: Phase 8 – The Contract Reeling-in Phase
    • Stage 8 – The Contract In Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The signed Contract is in.

    Next: Phase 9 – The Closing Stip Reeling-in Phase
    • Stage 9 – The Closing Stips In Stage:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • All closing stips UW need to fund are in.

    Next: Phase 10 – The Funding Phase
    • Stage 10 – The Funded Stage – End:

    How do I know for sure I am at this Stage?
    • The deal has funded, great work!



    *Phase 6 – The Closing Phase*



    This Phase is the set of steps between Stage 5 and Stage 6.



    *Key Step #3: Close*



    Why is this important?


    You've touched base with the merchant before the pitch to gauge and see how consistent their expectations have remained since qualification.


    You've reinforced their intent to fund by eliciting their Key Business Objective again - what they want to achieve with the funding.


    And, you've implicitly checked in to see if there's been any shopping or competition nipping at your heels.


    You've pitched - presented options in the best light possible by explaining how they work, why the merchant qualified for them, and how they help the merchant achieve their objective.



    You've explained what underwriting factors led to the options they qualified for, so they have a better understanding of how small business funding and risk profiling works - it is much different than consumer lending or anything else the merchant my be more accustomed to.


    Now its time to let the merchant know that with a contract request, the closing process can be initiated and you can get them funded within whatever timeframe you've been greenlit for (today, 24 hours, etc.) AND make the ask! Go in for the close.


    -FundingStrategist

    https://fundingstrat.com

    https://fundingstrat.com/sales-phase-6-key-step-3/

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