What You Need to Know to Start Up a Collection Agency

Debt collection agencies are companies that will specialize in collecting a debt when the original creditor has not paid their arrears. In practice, there are two ways that debt is recovered. Either the original creditor will sell or assign the debt over to the collection agency or the agency will collect the debt on behalf of the creditor. The first instance is usually used where the amount that the creditor would pay the debt collection agency would not be enough.

So briefly, this is what will be involved after you have started a debt collection business. Now let us consider how you go about getting started so that you can run your collection agency. You will need, for instance, to consider bonds and licenses, insurance, and that you have gained some knowledge in this area of work through research, education, experience, and preferably all three. We shall begin with bonds, then talk about collection agency insurance, and end with what you should know to run your agency.

Bonds and licenses

In about half of American states, you are required to have a bond to set up a collection agency. Specialist firms can write and issue these for you. They allow you to practice and are how your business starts. For example, construction companies need a ca surety bond, or a surety bond wherever they are planning on working. Working for someone else, you do not have to worry about such things, but when you plan to work for yourself, you are the one who must organize this.

A collection agency bond, also called a debt collector bond, is a kind of surety bond that promises you will follow the rules and regulations when it comes to your professional license and how you run your business. The bond will also promise that you will indemnify the surety company should they pay out on a bond claim.


You must have insurance as a collection agency. The different types available that will protect you and your company include cyber liability, directors and officers, employee dishonesty, errors & omissions, employment practice liability, general liability, lawyer professional liability, and workers compensation.

To find out more about these, you can click on the link above in this article. A business needs to have insurance against being sued over something that they are involved in. It is protection for a collection agency’s owners or partners, their employees, and others involved in their activities. There is the legal requirement of insurance to adhere to and the peace of mind element in knowing that if something goes wrong you are financially protected from it.

Technical Knowledge

Working with a debt collection agency previously, before setting up your own, will allow you to gain both knowledge and experience of the industry and how the legal system works. It will allow you to know about insider tips when it comes to how to track an individual down and how to access records that are not open to the public but more restricted. Technical know-how, such as knowing about computers, mobile devices, and social media, will be invaluable in helping to trace someone with us all living in such a technology-reliant world.

You will need to know about court systems and whose side the law is on when it comes to recovering debts in the most efficient and timely manner.

So, these are the first steppingstones to becoming a debt collector in your own right. You need to sort out the bonds and licenses, insurances, and know about the legalities of debt collecting. We recommend that you have worked for someone else in the industry first to have gained the required knowledge and to know all that is involved. It takes a special kind of person to be a debt collector because it involves a range of skills and only some of these can be taught. A lot of instinct is involved when it comes to knowing how to trace a person that is not wanting to be found because they owe money. It is varied work, though, and will take you to all parts of the country, and sometimes the world, in pursuit of justice in respect of a debt that is owed.