Small businesses especially those performing contracting services will be asked to bond their work in advance. In some states certain types of contractors are required to be bonded. A bond is sometimes referred to as a surety bond is a third party obligation promising to pay if a vendor does not fulfill its valid obligations under a contract. There are various types of bonds; (LICENSE, PERFORMANCE, BID, INDEMNITY & PAYMENT). A bond is a financial guarantee that you will honor a business contract.