As I get further into my freelancing career I have started to weigh out some options to allow my clients pay me via some web service. Currently I am mailed checks for after each gig, but that gets to be a pain and doesn’t leave a clean record exactly what you are paid for each project. I am sure allowing my clients to enter a credit card is much more convient
Here are a some services I am considering:
Paypal: These guys have been around for a long and are becoming a standard in many places on the web. Their pricing is one of the down sides to their business. They charge 2.9% +0.30 for money transfers under $3k.
For Paypal Pro users there is Cashie: If you want to make a simple ecommerce solution on your website (or a credit card form for services billing) you can try Cashie. It is free to sign up and the company takes a 1% charge on all transactions…but this is on top of your paypal processing charges as well.
PaySimple: Is another service that has some really neat features that some of the competition doesn’t offer. With their fees you get recurring billing, electronic email invoicing, and a hosted secure payment page. This seems really great for the active consultant, probably not as strong of a choice for occasional contractor. Their fees are $34.95/month and 2.29% + $0.29. I signed up and their support called me within 20 minutes to see if I needed any help or had any questions, it was a nice personal touch.