How to Start your own Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin Exchange Business ?
Here is the steps to start Cryptocurrency Exchange Platform in 10 Simple Steps:
- Get Legal counseling to ensure licensing requirements are met.
- Attain funding for your venture.
- Find a cryptocurrency exchange software solution provider.
- Connect your exchange with other exchange providers to add Liquidity.
- Partnering with a payment processor.
- Implementing best security practices.
- Go live via beta testing.
- Start marketing & PR campaign.
- Offer customer support.
- Maintain a legal team for ongoing compliance.
Now that you have seen the steps necessary to start your own crypto exchange, let’s examine them in more detail.
- Get Legal counseling to ensure licensing requirements are met:
If you are planning to launch Cryptocurrency exchange platform, First thing you should do is to get legal counselling to understand the regulatory demands of your new venture. Proper licensing will need to be obtained in all jurisdictions in which the company plans to operate. In many places, cryptocurrency exchanges operate without significant oversight, as government and regulation have not yet caught up with technology, while in other places including the US, Bitcoin operators must be licensed Money Transmitter businesses and must follow SEC and CFTC rules and regulations among others. Proper legal counsel is a must. It is typical that exchanges, because they fall into the currency exchange umbrella, must adhere to Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, which have become more and more prevalent to combat money laundering. In the United States, for example, these rules have been in place since 2002 as a result of the Patriot Act. Regulations vary by jurisdiction, so be sure to consult with an attorney familiar with the industry.
2. Attain funding for your venture:
Before starting on your project, you should know the approximate costs involved. In order to develop and launch a cryptocurrency exchange, a bare minimum of $50,000 will be needed. This includes the cost of technology, hosting, some initial legal counsel, government registration and initial advertising. While not all funds are required up front, it is important to ensure the venture has access to enough capital to allow a proper runway. One major mistake made by startups is that they fail to plan for the future, landing small initial raises which may cover the costs of the development but will leave the venture without the critical operational cash necessary until it becomes profitable. Startups also often make the mistake of licensing from unscrupulous crypto exchange providers that charge ongoing fees and fail to mention the legal obligations and costs required for setting up and maintaining an exchange.
Clarblock provides turnkey custom cryptocurrency exchanges, charging a one-time license fee without royalties or commission structures. This means there are absolutely no ongoing fees, clients can host the exchange themselves and clients receive full source code, which is important for auditing purposes, as some regulators request to inspect the source code. Always intent on providing clients with added value, Clarblock has more than 7 years of experience developing stock exchanges, including backend technology used by some of the largest stock exchanges in the world.
Why white label with source code? White label exchange software with full source code allows all the customization of a custom-build exchange while decreasing time to market and overall cost significantly.
4. Connect your exchange with other exchange providers to add Liquidity.
The cornerstone of any successful exchange is liquidity. Without an order book and trading activity, potential customers will view your new venture with skepticism. In order to bypass these issues, without facing the need to simulate activity via dummy accounts within the new exchange, we can connect your exchange into a network of existing exchanges, enhancing its liquidity. Remember, the larger the network of exchanges, the less liquidity will be an issue for your new exchange. Do not worry for it, Your Service Provider will do it for you.
5. Partnering with a payment processor:
Not all payment processors are equal. Fee structures, among other things, will vary widely between companies. You will need the lowest transaction rate in order to be competitive with other exchanges. Additionally, some processors build hidden fees into their contracts, so be sure you understand the contract you’re signing. Other differences between processors include settlement time and compliance with PCI DSS, a set of best practices to ensure cyber security. Note that, in the United States, federal law does not require compliance, though many state laws do. Be sure your payment processor is PCI-compliant to safeguard your new enterprise against cyber threats. This is another example of the importance of understanding the intricacies of industry regulation.
6. Implement best security practices:
Exchanges built with technology used in Clarblock are among the most secure in the world, utilizing offline cold storage wallets, two factor authentication and encrypted databases. Also Clarblock does not store passwords (only hashes). We have written extensively about the data breeches which have become infamous within the industry, including Mt. Gox and Bithumb. The bottom line? Cryptocurrencies have become a ripe target for cybercrime and hacking, leaving exchanges scrambling to differentiate based on security.
7. Go live via beta testing.
You’ve built your exchange. You’ve set up a contract with a payment processing firm. And, you’ve taken great pains to ensure your exchange is following all rules and regulations. You have ensured that your venture is protected from cybercrime. Now, it’s time it to launch your exchange and test its full range of capabilities in beta.
8. Start marketing and PR campaign.
Once your exchange has launched, it is time to connect with crypto news outlets such as Coindesk for example. It is important to adequately plan your marketing activities, along with their costs, to ensure your initial raise doesn’t leave you scrambling to cobble together additional funding. Often, exchanges do not include a marketing budget, instead focusing on free social media marketing until a critical mass of traders is reached.
9. Offering customer support.
While customer support is the last step in the making of a successful cryptocurrency exchange, your ability to shine in this area will determine your long-term success. Those dealing with consumers must be attentive and satisfactorily resolve customer complaints and technical issues. Customers should be responded to in a timely manner, so plan on implementing a ticketing system such as ZenDesk and staff it with knowledgeable and helpful representatives who are available 24/7, since cryptocurrencies never stop trading.
10. Maintain a legal team for ongoing compliance.
We cannot stress enough that it is extremely important to maintain legal compliance and follow all current and proposed laws and regulations, not only in the jurisdiction in which your exchange is domiciled, but also in all foreign jurisdictions in which your exchange members or traders will reside or conduct trading from. Cryptocurrency laws are rapidly evolving globally, so it is very important to either hire a full-time, in-house legal compliance team, or outsource to reputable law firms in order to keep your exchange legal in all geographies where you will conduct business.
Of course, no step-by-step guide, no matter how extensive, can answer all your questions. Hopefully, though, this has helped you construct a preliminary action plan with which you can move forward. As always, Clarblock is here to help you along in your journey, so if you are faced with additional questions, please feel free to reach out by contacting us.