If you are a freelancer, small, medium or even large enterprise, chances are one of your headaches would be how to better invoice customers and receive payments from customers. This is not because there aren’t any solutions available right now, but mostly because the solutions available either do not play nice with our banks here, or are too clunky, which is why Payant, which I have personally been tinkering with since it entered beta feels like a silver bullet for both problems.
Payant is a web-based invoicing software that helps freelancers, small, medium and large businesses to create beautiful invoices, automatically send payment reminders and lets them accept instant payments faster online.
Beyond invoicing, it is also a payment gateway for websites and mobile application developers to accept instant online payments from their users directly from their applications.
Payant boasts of a long list of features which you will find on its blog, but instant payments (i.e being credited the same instance a payment is made), and the ability to receive payments from anywhere in the world to your Naira account are my personal favorites, with the latter being particularly important, especially because of the current state of the economy and the need to find new income streams. With Payant, nothing stops you from freelancing on sites like Fiverr for instance and getting paid. The ability to make frictionless one-off payments to pretty much anyone as well is another cool feature.
Payant, which is powered by Flutterwave’s Moneywave API was built by Kaduna based developer, Aminu Bakori who has built his own OS – Cloudiora, Buzz (an offline, video and chat messenger and document sharing app, Friendstie Enterprise Management System. In a chat with him at CoLab where he works from, he stated that Payant came as a result of user behaviour data, feedback and suggestions from his EMS clients, who use the invoicing module a lot.
If you are in the market for a frictionless way to create invoices and accept payments instantly, you should definitely sign up for an account on their site – it takes less than a minute to get from setup to receiving payments. If you want to use it as a gateway, the APIs are well documented, but if you do not tinker with code, there’s a WordPress plugin here, which integrates with Woocommerce, and I hear there are currently plans to have easy to integrate plugins for PHP, Python and a few other languages.