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Poll: How many payment methods do you provide for clients?
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Apr 26, 2017

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Teresa Borges
Local time: 06:23
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Just one Apr 26, 2017

Bank transfer!


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:23
Spanish to English
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Other Apr 26, 2017

Nowadays, everything is usually by direct bank transfer from my clients, as my online banking allows me to receive money in my account (gasps of amazement) without charging me a huge whack for the privilege. Other than that, I'm open to suggestions... including bartericon_smile.gif

What I still can't get my head round here in Spain is that some banks flat out refuse to accept cash payments for outstanding bills except at certain (usually terribly inconvenient from my point of view) times of the week, for example Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 AM to 10 AM. A bank that won't accept cash money...

[Edited at 2017-04-26 08:18 GMT]


Susana E. Cano Méndez  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:23
French to Spanish
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3 Apr 26, 2017

Cash, wire transfer and PayPal. But most of my clients prefer wire transfer.


Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:23
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Gold bullion and diamonds Apr 26, 2017

In a heavily guarded vault in a Swiss bank.

This is how the likes of Putin, Trump, Kim Jong-un and other unprincipled leaders around the world like to stash their ill-gotten gains. icon_biggrin.gif


Ricki Farn
Local time: 07:23
Member (2005)
English to German
Gold bullion and diamonds ... Apr 26, 2017

... in a Swiss bank? Now I am disappointed. I think Gringott's is the place to go!

(Me - wire transfer only. I could theoretically accept PayPal, but I prefer not to.)


Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:23
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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I get seasick at Gringotts... Too stuffy in the vaults Apr 26, 2017

Boring old bank transfer, preferably to an account in the same country as the client, as the charges for transfers from Norway and other countries outside the EU eat up a large proportion of the fee for the typical small jobs I do.

I can use PayPal, but that usually means dollars. If they are not very large sums, I tend to donate them to Wikipedia or some other good cause, so at least someone gets value for them. Otherwise, by the time I have paid charges for access to the money myself, there is very little left...


Ilan Rubin (X)  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 09:23
Russian to English
Here in Russia... Apr 26, 2017

..."cash" has a certain ring to it


Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 07:23
English to Russian
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Apr 26, 2017

>99% bank transfer and <1% Paypal (small amounts only, whatever I can spend directly from Paypal without withdrawing it).

[Edited at 2017-04-26 09:26 GMT]


Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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One Apr 26, 2017

On time


Local time: 11:53
English to Tamil
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Payment Methods. Apr 26, 2017

Online Bank transfer and visa card.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:23
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Four Apr 26, 2017

Wire transfer, check in US$, PayPal, and cash.

There's still a charge for some wire transfers here in the U.S. and it can be hefty (I have paid as much as US$ 35.00). When there's no charge, I like wire transfer best, followed by checks. PayPal fees can be quite high for a large job, but I have several clients in Japan who pay well, and that is their preference.

I don't think I've ever been paid in cash, but I'd prefer a check as I hardly ever spend cash anymore. Even parking lots now only take credit or debit cards. It still means a trip to the bank to deposit it, but at least there's the assurance that the money is real, and that feels nice.

I also used to have a Moneybookers account, which turned into Skrill, but none of my clients insist on it anymore.


Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:23
Portuguese to English
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Three Apr 26, 2017

Three: PayPal, wire transfer (or bank deposit via ATM), cash. My Brazilian clients prefer bank deposit, and my foreign clients prefer PayPal. The only method I would not accept is foreign cheque. This is because the bureaux de change here do not change cheques into Brazilian Reais.


Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:23
Spanish to English
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Check, PayPal, bank transfer, and something called Transferwise Apr 26, 2017

At the request of a client, I recently signed up for something called Transferwise. Unlike PayPal, there was almost no red tape involving proof of identity and so on. I simply sent them my bank details, and the transaction went through in a flash.
As I work with several U.S. and Canadian companies, checks (or 'cheques' in Canada) are still my major means of receiving payment. [You can imagine my surprise when I was teaching an ESL class perhaps 10 years ago, that none of my Japanese students had any idea whatsoever of what a check is. When I pulled out my checkbook to show them, they all looked completely blank.]

[Edited at 2017-04-26 14:52 GMT]

[Edited at 2017-04-26 14:53 GMT]


Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 00:23
Spanish to English
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4 Apr 26, 2017

Bank transfer, cash, checks and PayPal

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