This may sound a little obvi, but just to make sure we’re clear: you want to spend as little money as possible to receive each payment. Shocking, I know. Make sure to look not only at the cost of receiving the payment, but also any currency conversion charges applied when receiving the funds in your local currency. Major eWallets will often make it easy to receive funds, however withdrawing your money is like is like buying snacks at the movie theatre – way more expensive than necessary with often less-than-stellar customer service.
Who has time to sit around for days on end waiting for a payment to be sent and received by different banks in different countries? We get anxious when it takes Google more than 3 seconds to load a page…but we wait days to get paid? No.
Oh, and don’t forget delays. Holidays? No money for you! Saturday? Nope! You want to know when your money will arrive and be confident that it will get there on time, because you have things to do and a business to build.
Safety and Security
Globally, 37 percent of businesses report being the victims of some type of economic crime, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers International
(PwC). Make sure any financial company you work with is a regulated and licensed business. There is no worse feeling than someone playing around in your money drawer and stealing all your cash. Except if they take your chocolate too. That’s just unforgivable.
Today, it’s just you working from home in your pjs. Tomorrow, it might be you and your partner still working at home in your pjs. But next year, you may very well have a team of 50 around the world, all looking at you to ensure they get paid on time and for minimal cost.
When looking at payment solutions don’t just consider a solution that works right now, but one that can adapt to your changing needs.
If you are like me, you have a hard time remembering the names of entire countries let alone the currency they work in. But forget currency--exchange rates vary from one country and currency to another. God forbid you work with various countries and currencies, you’ve got a part-time job on your hand (that doesn’t pay).
Simplify, simplify, simplify! You may be an international payment expert but your clients aren’t. In fact, many times clients want to make payments to a local bank account in local currency. If you want to hang with the big guys, you’ll either need to open international banks in each country you want to work with (um, no) or find a payment solution that solves this problem for you.
If you are sending or receiving money across international borders, you should never underestimate the importance of having someone readily available to talk to or email should you have a minor freak out at 3am.
When looking for a payment solution, you should consider your comfort level in different languages. Does this service offer English only? Is you English good enough? Do you prefer talking in your native tongue? Various payment options different levels of support and you should think hard about your expectations when things don’t go as planned.
Finding an Effortless Solution
Wouldn’t it be nice if everybody knew what an amazing designer you are? The reality is that building your business takes work. Getting your name out there, making sure prospective clients find you, and letting them know you’re worth every penny they’ll pay you is its own battle.
Getting paid shouldn’t be.
Until relatively recently, wire transfers were the go-to option for making and receiving payments overseas. It got the job done, but it was expensive, it was slow, and it was best suited for large transfers between even larger companies (not your blossoming design business).
Today there are a variety of innovative solutions that can seriously cut down on the time and money you spend on international payments.