As a Web Designer & Webflow Specialist I work with both Australian, as well as international clients. Based in Australia, getting paid by Australian clients is pretty straight forward: a simple bank transfer gets the funds to me pretty quickly without any additional fees for my client or myself. However, it gets more difficult when I work on websites for clients from overseas who pay in a variety of different currencies. Some of my current and previous clients are based in the US, Europe and New Zealand and it is essential to give them a way to pay me easily, while keeping transaction fees low, as these can easily eat into the funds you receive from your client.
Previously I worked a lot with PayPal, a service almost everybody who buys goods or services online is familiar with. I only need to give the client the email address that is connected to my PayPal account and my client can transfer funds easily. But there’s a catch! PayPal keeps a hefty fee from the money I earn, so I was looking for an alternative way to let clients pay me. And so I discovered TransferWise.
TransferWise is a relatively new service that lets you (or your client) make a bank transfer through a so called 'borderless account'! Once TransferWise receives the funds, they do the currency exchange and make a local transfer to the person you want to transfer the money to. There are no hidden fees and TransferWise takes just a small percentage of your transaction (way less than PayPal does) and you don’t have to pay any credit card or bank transfer fees. You can learn more about this directly on TransferWise’s website and of course sign up for free (this is an affiliate link).
In my accounting software (I use Hello Bonsai and have written a short review about it the other day, too) I don’t have a direct way to enter the account details for my various borderless accounts. I also don’t want to amend or re-write the account details every time I send out an invoice. So, what I have done is create a PDF/JPG file for each of my borderless accounts, outlining the account details for each currency. So, whenever I send an invoice to a client I simply attached the PDF file for the appropriate currency. This is also a file that the client can save to their records, and refer back to whenever needed. Sweet!
Want to give TransferWise a go? You definitely should. You can learn more about TransferWise here (yep, this is an affiliate link).