How I Charge My Clients

 

The art of charging our clients isn’t a walk in the park.

Knowing what to charge is the most difficult part, especially in the beginning and I’ve done a separate article on how I reason and figure it out:



Luckily there are some tools and services for helping us make it easy how to charge our clients. And that’s what this article is about.

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HOW I CHARGE MY CLIENTS

For my Swedish clients there are a couple of traditional and standard ways via bank transfer. 

But when I started to get international clients I wasn’t sure about how to do this. Of course I felt that I could trust my clients or else I wouldn’t take them on, but despite that you should never be naive. What if they wouldn’t pay me after I delivered? So I decided that all my international clients have to pay the commission or fee up front. This doesn’t apply for licensing, naturally, but that is an experience yet to come.

But to be able to do this I needed a payment service that felt trustworthy and easy to use for both me and my clients. And I happened to have the perfect tool at my hands already. 

PayPal.

I started to use PayPal in 2016 when I published my first course on Skillshare. Because that’s how I got paid. Then I discovered that it was a really smooth way to do other transactions.

I’ve used PayPal for a lot of different things:

  1. My course royalties from Skillshare.

  2. Charging customers in my web shop.

  3. Buying creative resources like textures and images from creative markets.

  4. Getting paid from print on demand services like Spoonflower and Society6.

  5. Getting paid for affiliate marketing activities.

  6. Charging my international clients using PayPal.Me.


When I’m working with an international client, this is how I do:

  1. I let the client do a final sign-off of the design, that way they will know that the design is there, ready to send.

  1. Then I send them my PayPal.Me link that they click and make the transaction directly in their PayPal account.

  2. The money is immediately transferred to my PayPal account. I get an instant notification and when I’ve confirmed the money is there I send the design files to the client.

I’ve also started to generate invoices using PayPal - also very easy to use.


The currency bonus

Another upside of using PayPal has been avoiding extra costs: For example, if I want to purchase something from a US based shop or website using my Swedish credit card, there will be a currency exchange fee from SEK to USD, plus there will be a significant currency loss as the dollar (and Euro also) are very strong compared to the Swedish krona. At the moment around 1 to 11. So when I buy something in SEK I will get a lot less for my money - or - pay more.

But from international clients and Skillshare, I get paid in USD or Euro and this is money I can purchase stuff with, and therefor skip the exchange fees and currency loss.

The PayPal collaboration

Here you can read about a collaboration I did with PayPal, where they featured me and my business story in one of their campaigns about entrepreneurs and how we use PayPal.

PayPal presents Bear Bell Productions >>