How to Start A Bank in the US: Requirements, How Much Money and What Does It Take

November 26, 2010 One Comment

Not too many people know that starting a bank can be easy. Well, it is easy in theory but difficult in reality. There are problems that could occur in real life that are so different from the theory. Still, the following are steps on how to start your own bank.

How to Start a Bank

When planning to start a bank, make sure that all the details are researched well.

  • Evaluate the feasibility of starting a bank. Is it practical to start your own bank? Remember, the owner and manager of the bank should know how to run a business, have good management skills, have fund raising skills, and all sorts of marketing and business skills.
  • Make a business plan based on the feasibility of starting the bank. Make sure that the business plan is good, that the bank will truly be profitable with it. Also, make it realistic – don’t make projections that the bank couldn’t really do.
  • Identify the market. Are the prospective customers willing to put their money in a new bank? More importantly, are there enough of these customers to make the bank prosper?
  • Is there plenty of competition in the area? If yes, consider building a bank in another area where a bank will truly be needed.
  • Hire professionals with a long track record of honesty, integrity, and business skills.

How to Start a Bank in the US

  • Research on the requirements and licenses in a particular state/city. In general, this can be found in the Department of Financial Institutions office in the locality.
  • Download or ask for the necessary forms and paperwork. Most of the time, a proposal for the bank is required. There should also be a business plan. Pass these documents and wait for approval.
  • If approved, hire the staff and implement the business plan.

How Much Money to Start a Bank

  • That depends on how big the bank will be.
    However, even a small bank will need a lot of capital.
  • Start the fund raising, look for loans and grants, and acquire bonds and insurance.

Requirements to Start a Bank

  • Requirements for starting a bank vary from one state to another. Check with the local Department of Financial Institutions for more information.

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