TransferWise: The Best Solution We’ve Found for International Payments


This year, we’ve been working regularly with Alex Denning, a young gentleman in the UK who founded WPShout way back in 2009 and who is now a really, really outstanding marketing consultant.

One thing our work together exposed is the difficulty of making international financial transfers. All the standard solutions feel old and bad. MoneyGram? Bank transfer? Cashier’s check? Are those what you do? I have no idea how those actually work, and honestly they make it tempting to just send gold across on a galleon.

TransferWise feels like the PayPal for this problem: it took something almost implausibly bad and hard, and made it easy and stress-free.

The signup process is fairly onerous—I remember uploading a copy of my driver’s license, which isn’t my favorite thing to deposit onto the internet—but once you’re there it really does feel like a PayPal-type experience. TransferWise also names these large dollar savings amounts relative to doing these transfers through your bank, and I believe them: I just sent them my driver’s license, now’s not the time for doubt.

If you’re doing business internationally, definitely have a look!

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