In May we ran our $100 invoice contest, check out our winners below!
Our first winner of the May contest was Derek Stevenson, who runs Envision Marketing in Houston, Texas.
“We’re focused on graphic design, printing, and website design services, as well as branding and marketing services,” he says. “We’re as close as you can get to an advertising agency without doing media buys.”
How easy was winning Wave’s $100 invoice contest? So easy, says Derek, that,
“I kept waiting for something else to happen. I turned on Payments by Wave and I was expecting a complicated form to come up. I’ve used other services in the past they’re never this simple.”
And now that he’s accepting credit card payments, he says,
“My customers like having that payment option right on the side of their invoice, so I’m expecting that to turn into a huge plus for my business.”
Over the last 8 years, Derek has become part of the fabric of his customers’ businesses, with so much repeat business he doesn’t even need to use his own marketing expertise to fill his plate.
“I have a lot of clients that have been with me since the very beginning. Every year they come to me to create marketing materials for the same event.”
When we asked him whether Wave was becoming part of the fabric of his business, he told us,
“You know what, Wave has made my life so easy. I had a meeting this morning at 9:00 in a Starbucks. I pulled out my computer and went into waveapps.com, created an invoice, accepted his payment as cash, and sent him his receipt. That’s how I’m doing business now and I absolutely love it. It’s really, really easy.”
Gosh, we love hearing that.
The second winner of our May contest is Christine Smith of LA-based Got Game. Since 2004, the company has helped thousands of kids develop basketball skills and a love of the game through camps, clinics and club teams.
Christine is a classic Wave customer, who came to us looking to solve a universal pain point: How to get paid.
“I was looking for an easier way to do our invoicing. I had a template that I had gotten off the internet but then I had to manually send out the invoices every month, and then you have to go back in and write when someone’s paid and there’s no automatic way to so it. I found Wave and said, ‘I’ll try it this month,’ and it was just really easy.”
That was more than a year ago.
Christine, her sister Sherisse (who founded Got Game), and the four coaches who work with them know their basketball cold. It’s the invoicing, Christine admits, that has always been the hardest part of the business. Now that she can accept credit cards on her invoices using Payments by Wave, things are much easier. Being able to pay by credit card is just that much more convenient for the parents of her young hoopsters.
“Half the time, people just forget to pay. So when they can just easily do it on their phone when they get the invoice by email, it helps a lot. And I just found out about the reminder feature in Wave, where they can be reminded 3 days after or a week after to pay the invoice. That really helps, too.”
“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Wave. It’s been wonderful.”
The third winner of the contest is Jason from Allegan, Michigan. We look forward to telling you about his business soon!
* This contest is open to residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Finland
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