Can you use a home equity loan for something other than a home?

I need a loan & some people had suggested I look into this because of the lower interest rates, instead of using high interest (not to mention EVIL) credit cards. But it's not for a home & I don't have enough collateral for the amount I'd like to borrow. I have a great credit score over 700, but also... show more I need a loan & some people had suggested I look into this because of the lower interest rates, instead of using high interest (not to mention EVIL) credit cards. But it's not for a home & I don't have enough collateral for the amount I'd like to borrow. I have a great credit score over 700, but also have student loans & other credit card debt, which I am very good at paying at, & make enough to make the payments comfortably. If I can't get a home equity loan, what kind of loan can I get, & at what amount & rate should I expect? I've looked around online, but all the bank terminology does nothing but confuse me, so anyone who could explain this a little more "user friendly" would be helpful!
Update: It's not for home improvement. Actually, it's basically a business expense, but I'm not sure if a bank would consider this a business type of loan.
Update 2: Oh, & one *minor* detail... I don't own a home :(
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