You give my website money, my website gives you the file you need
November 20, 2013 4:39 PM Subscribe
My dad is a consulting structural engineer. His current approach to billing clients is to finish a job (or portion of a job) and email files along with an invoice generated in (I think) quickbooks. This works fine for his regular architecture firm clients- he knows that they will pay, even if they take 90 days or whatever. The problem is little jobs for people that will probably never hire him again- say, someone who has a sagging beam in their house, and hires him to take a look at it and make a plan for a fix. Once they have the files they need, there isn't much leverage for him to get them to pay, and the amount isn't really enough to take them to court over. What he would like to do is be able to email them an invoice with a link. That link would take the client to a secure website where they can enter a credit card payment, and, after it goes through, give them access to the files that they paid for. Does such a tool exist, preferably as a plug-in or part of something like Freshbooks or the ecommerce portion of Square?
posted by rockindata to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This would actually be part of a general expansion into the web with an actual website for his business. I already have a start on a nice little splash page site on Square, and he has been paying 5 bucks a month to some hosting company to maintain a parked domain name for years, so we can transfer that over easily.
If this is something that would require some coding, that's fine- I do work on websites for my day job- but I would prefer to have a hosted solution that I wouldn't have to do much maintenance on. We would also both prefer to not deal with accounts or storing credit card info in a way that could get stolen later, especially since most of the people using this wouldn't be using it again. Another reason to do this is that it would allow him to take credit card payments in an easy and simple way, especially if he can just use a stripe or square (I know, different square) account. Currently he is cash or check only, another reason that people may not pay.