Thursday, July 9, 2015

Making International Payments Easier and Cheaper

If you’re an online seller making profits on overseas sales, and you need to repatriate your earnings, you know what you want - a quick and easy process and, of course, to save a bit of money along the way. Well, we all do, don’t we? So with that in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the business of eCommerce, and particularly, how to get your money home the best way.

Send your money anywhere
When you set up with the likes of Amazon, eBay and Shopify, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll be getting the best price when transferring your currency back home. And though you’re unlikely to have any problems transferring your profits from major currencies back into a US bank account, you may find that you’re unable to transfer funds into bank accounts in some other countries. The only way to be sure that your funds will be sent wherever you want them is to use a currency exchange company.
Get the best exchange rates
So the money’s going to the right place, and the bank accounts are taken care of. A good start. But the true purpose of this article is to talk about saving money on your wire transfers, and I’m sure you’re keen to hear more about that.  Well, it’s all about the exchange rates, and how some are more competitive than others. The more competitive the rate, the more of your hard-earned money you keep.
When you use some of the bigger marketplaces, they tend to take a bigger spread, and therefore a bigger cut of your cash when you’re sending it home. All of which means you end up with less.
Here’s an example. A client based in the US sells goods on a major marketplace in the UK; let’s say they’ve sold £20,000 worth.  They can upload their home bank account. Then it’s time to make a choice.
Option 1 - They can upload their US account and have the marketplace send them USD. However, they may later find out from the amount of USD/GBP that they’re getting stung for 3.5% on the conversion.  Not good.
Option 2 - They get a currency exchange company to open them a UK-based GBP account.  The marketplace sends GBP straight to the account with no conversion.  The funds are then converted back to their home account in the US at a better rate than they would’ve received with the major marketplace, saving them money. I don’t know about you, but that sounds much better.
Anything else to consider?
Well, you’ve taken care of the currency transfers. Now you just have to worry about the other things. Responding to customer feedback - which allows you to interact with your clients, collect feedback, and builds a good reputation among online consumers. That’s where ReplyManager comes in, to make sure that all of your customer input is responded to. No clients slip between the cracks, and you have full control over how you’re conversing with them.
It’s important to ensure your wire transfers are working for you. These are often left as an afterthought, but getting this part of the jigsaw right can be worth thousands of dollars, so make sure you get it right, and get the experts on the case.
WorldFirst is a currency exchange company dedicated to helping online sellers repatriating income from international online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Rakuten.  They make opening receiving accounts around the world quick and easy, and they offer great exchange rates. Their accounts are flexible so you can choose when to bring your money back home.  Your money, when you want it.  Learn more at  

Lauren Mongelluzzo