Intro to Client Billing

Learn about Client Billing which allows you to pass hosting costs to your clients and make some profit yourself.

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Client Billing allows you to bill your clients for hosting right from Webflow, so you never have to pay for hosting on a site that you built for someone else. Even better, you can charge an additional margin to make a profit on each charge, which you can use to cover your site maintenance fees or any other costs you might have.

Since our Free Starter plan allows you to have unlimited Webflow-hosted sites without paying a subscription to use Webflow, Client Billing enables freelancers and agencies that build sites for others to use Webflow at no cost.
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About Client Billing

Client Billing gives you the ability to pass on all hosting costs to clients including Editor branding. It also allows you to add on maintenance fees or any recurring costs you’ve set up with clients. This is all automated. Your client is billed monthly or annually, and they automatically receive a receipt of the amount they were charged.

We also send dunning emails so your clients can keep their credit card up to date.

Learn how to set up Client Billing.

Countries supported by Client Billing

We currently support a limited number of countries because we set up a connection with your bank so we can deposit your earnings. Only banks in a limited number of countries let us do that:

  • 🇦🇺 Australia
  • 🇦🇹 Austria
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium
  • 🇨🇦 Canada
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇫🇮 Finland
  • 🇫🇷 France
  • 🇩🇪 Germany
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇮🇹 Italy
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands
  • 🇳🇿 New Zealand
  • 🇳🇴 Norway
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇪🇸 Spain
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden
  • 🇨🇭Switzerland
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
  • 🇺🇸 United States

Why isn't my country supported by Client Billing?

If your country doesn't appear on this list, we would recommend checking out Stripe Atlas, which enables anyone to create an internet business anywhere by allowing you to incorporate a U.S. company and set up a U.S. bank account easily.

Credit card processing fees

The earnings you receive may not match your profit setting because a small fee is deducted from this amount to cover the credit card processing fees.

This fee varies depending on the country you're in, ranging from 3 to 3.5% of the total charge. So, for a $25.50 total charge ($10 profit), you'll actually see $8.96 profit deposited into your bank account. (Assuming a 2.9% + $0.30 transaction fee).

Who pays the processing fees?

Credit card processors require that the merchant (in this case, you, the designer) pay the credit card processing fee. 

Platform fee

The platform fee is a 5% fee we add to your client's hosting charge to support the improvement and maintenance of Webflow Client Billing. This includes the development and sending of dunning emails (to recover late or failed charges), custom invoices, whitelabeled emails, whitelabeled payment pages over SSL, and the preparation of tax documents.

Platform fees are only charged on sites that have Client Billing set up with monthly or annual profits. So, if you aren't earning any profit on your clients' sites, there's no platform fee.

Who pays the platform fee?

The client pays the platform fee. We pass it along in their final charge amount.

Receiving your earnings

Earnings from your hosting subscriptions will be deposited on a daily – 7 day rolling basis transfer schedule after your account has been verified and your bank information is set up.

How does it work?

So, let's say you're on Basic Hosting ($15/month), and that you charge an extra $10 a month for your site. The platform fee will be $0.50, and we'll add that to your client's total monthly charge (for a total of $25.50).

After we collect the charge from your client, we'll deposit $10 directly into your account (minus a credit card processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30).

  • Basic Hosting = $15
  • Profit you specify = $10
  • Platform fee = $10*5% = $0.50
  • Client pays = $15 +$10 +0.5 +$0.50 = $25.50
  • Profit you receive= $10 - (credit card processing fee)
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