Make Money in the Bail Bonds Industry

Sep 11, 2015

In the broadest sense, a bail bonds business is quite simple. Somebody gets arrested for a crime (any). The person is taken to court within a few days and the judge sets a bail – the amount you have paid if you want to wait for your next court date from home.

Let’s say the judge sets your bond at ten thousand dollars. The court will demand that you pay the amount in full before you can be released. The good news is that you can always recover the money as long as you show up at the court when you’re supposed to. If you don’t, you forfeit the money.

What if you don’t have the ten thousand dollars at the moment? This is where the bondsman comes in. A bondsman will pay the whole amount with an agreement that he/she will get a percentage of the amount as commission. Bondsmen charge their commissions as guided by local and state laws. For instance, some states have structured the payments to allow defendants to pay in stages. For instance, you may be asked to pay a 10% commission on the first $3,000, 8% on the next $5,000, and 5% on anything above that. So, for a $10,000 bail, you may end up paying about $900 as commission.

The biggest problem in the bail-bonds business is the huge risk involved. For instance, what if you pay the court the entire $10,000 and the defendant takes off to a far away country? You could lose your money. For this reason, most bondsmen demand collateral before they can pay a significant amount. Collateral can come in the form of cash held in an escrow account or agreement to hand over car keys or property deed to the bondsman. It is also customary for the lender to demand that at least two people, currently employed, sign the agreement and agree to cover any losses.

Since the business is so risky, merchants may not be able to open traditional accounts with conventional account providers. So, accepting payments and acquiring funds may become a huge problem. The increasingly popular idea is to open a bail bonds merchant account. These accounts are easy to open as long as you can find a reliable merchant. Providers, such as EMB, are very experienced in risk management. Moreover, you will be able to accept card payments easily.

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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