For a while now, my clients have been able to view and pay their invoices online. I have used the fantastic invoicing service Curdbee for that.
I create the invoice and an email with a link to the invoice gets emailed to the client. The client reviews the invoice and can choose to pay right from the invoice.
They have the option to pay using their PayPal or Google Wallet accounts. Since not everyone has a PayPal or Google Wallet account, they can also pay by credit card via the PayPal and Google Wallet websites.
It’s a system that works and I’ve heard no complaints.
However, I decided that the current invoices needed to be easier to use. What prompted the change?
A Good, Not Great Solution
I never really considered the way my invoices worked as a great solution for 3 main reasons.
- Clients had to leave the invoice and go to another website to complete payment
- Whatever their reasons, some clients don’t trust either service (PayPal, Google Wallet)
- It’s a little confusing for those who want to pay by credit card because the mention of PayPal and Google Wallet may not seem like the option they want to use
- The payment instructions included with each invoice were overly wordy and probably ignored by most of my clients
A Better, Easier Solution
The solution I decided to go with was to add Stripe.
Stripe works similarly to PayPal and Google Wallet (except less in your face) and addresses all the issues I had with the previous invoice payment flow.
Some added benefits of using Stripe as a payment option:
- Less confusing. A simple ‘Pay Invoice Online‘ link (accompanied by credit card logos) is less confusing than ‘Buy with Google‘ or ‘Checkout with PayPal‘.
- Easier. Clients no longer need to leave the invoice to complete payment. The Stripe form is right on the ‘Make a Payment’ page of the invoice, and it’s the 1st option.
- Seamless to the client. The Stripe payment details form blends in with the look of the rest of the invoice. Again, they never have to leave the invoice.
- Future options. If I ever decide that either PayPal or Google Wallet is not a good fit for me and my clients, I have Stripe as an option that’s already in place.
All in all, this makes the addition of Stripe a great solution to my clients’ invoices.
The Stripe add-on from CurdBee does cost extra ($2/mon or $20/yr), but the pay-off is that it’s much easier for my clients to take care of their pending invoices. I consider it worth it.
There’s zero coding (just had to copy my Stripe API keys and pasting them into CurdBee), so adding it was a piece of cake and I was up and running within 5 minutes.
Disclaimer: I am a paying customer of both CurdBee and Stripe. This post is not a promotional post—I’m just sharing what worked for me. Though the article does contain some affiliate links for CurdBee, I recommend both services regardless.