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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can use Willa?

Willa is for U.S. based creative professional freelancers, influencers, and social media content creators that get paid by brands to do freelance work and paid collaborations.


Willa is currently invite-only to make sure that we can provide the best possible service and product for our existing users.

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How do I get started?

Download the iOS app for iPhone. Note: You currently need an invite code to use Willa. Willa is currently only available on iOS.

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How do I get an invite?

Head over to 'request invite' and answer the short questionnaire. We're doing this to control demand and make sure we can take good care of our existing users.

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Do I need to have a company to use Willa?

You can, but you don't have to. Independent contractors can also use Willa. It works the same way.

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Where is Willa available?

Willa is currently available in the United States. To use Willa, you need to have a permanent address in the United States, a U.S. based bank account, and a U.S. based phone number.

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Who started Willa?

Willa is funded by a team of entrepreneurs with a background in finance, influencer marketing, and building popular consumer apps like Candy Crush and Spotify. We are funded by EQT Ventures and several other investors. Prior to founding Willa, the Willa founding team started and built influencer marketing agency Relatable.

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How can Willa guarantee that I get paid?

We're backed by one of the world's leading venture capital firms EQT Ventures. This means that our financing is secured by both access to external capital and with the receivables we buy from our customers.

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Is it safe and secure to use Willa?

Data security is of the utmost importance to us and we take critical steps to safeguard your information. We meet the highest industry security standards and guidelines, ensuring that all of your data is managed safely and securely.

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How much does it cost to use Willa?

We charge a small one-time fee for each invoice. The fee is 6.99%. There are no other costs. The fee is tax deductible.

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Am I still paying external fees on top of your fees?

No.

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Does Willa do a credit check?

No.

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Is the money I receive a loan?

No. It's your money.

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Do I pay any interest rate?

No. You only pay a one-time fee.

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What happens if my client doesn’t pay at all?

You'll still get your money right away.

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Where can I transfer my money?

Your funds are immediately available in your Willa account and can be transferred to your bank account or PayPal. A debit card is coming soon.

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How fast is “instant?”

Immediately. Your money is available in your account in less than a minute.

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Can I invoice 50% upfront and 50% on delivery with Willa?

Yes, you'd simply send two separate requests. Either way, the money is available right away.

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Can I invoice monthly with Willa?

Yes, you'd simply send an invoice every month. There's currently no support to schedule recurring payment requests.

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How do you prevent fraud and is Willa safe to use?

Yes, Willa is 100% safe for both freelancers and brands. Data security is of the utmost importance to us and we take critical steps to safeguard your information. We meet the highest industry security standards and guidelines, ensuring that all of your data is managed safely and securely.

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I’m using PayPal today. How is this different?

Sending an invoice with PayPal is both easy and secure. It's very convenient for your client. You're charged a small fee to receive your money.


The downside is that you're left chasing down your client and assure that they pay you in time. This can cause stress, worry, and time spent that doesn't create any real value.


Willa is even easier to use and as secure as PayPal. It's even more convenient for your client.


Like PayPal, you're charged a small fee to receive your money– but the biggest difference is that your money is always available immediately. The outcome is that you never have to send another payment reminder, spend time or mental bandwidth stressing out about unpaid invoices.

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What happens after I request a payment in the app?​

We deduct our fee, and the money is available in your Willa account.

​Example: Your client owes you $2,650.​

You send a request for the full amount.​

We charge a small 6.99% one-time transactional fee to settle your payment.

​$2,465 is immediately available in your Willa account.


Your client receives an email and is asked to verify that you have done work from them and that the amount is correct. They can then pay the invoice on their terms.

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I'm an agent/manager. Can I use Willa?

Yes.

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What is a gem? 💎

A gem 💎 is an invoice credit that can be applied to your next payment request to waive our small fee.

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What about taxes?

One of the many advantages of using Willa is that your clients don't need to file U.S. tax forms (W-2, 1099-MISC, etc.) for you.

🎗 If required, you can direct your clients to the client FAQ for information written for them on this topic.

1099 Form

You should always determine proper classification of yourself based on IRS guidelines and other federal, state, and local regulations. If you are classified as an independent contractor, your client doesn't need to file a Form 1099-MISC for their payments to you through Willa.

Willa doesn’t send you a Form 1099-MISC, either. We do file a Form 1099-K when applicable (to freelancers who are U.S. Persons and receive over $20,000 with more than 200 transactions through Willa).

W9 Form

For their records, clients can request W9 forms by emailing us. We then handle setting one up for you as well if required.

N.B. These forms are only for informational purposes and for your client's records. No action is required on their part regarding filing tax forms.

Why don’t my clients have to send a 1099-MISC?

Under the Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W, your client doesn’t need to file Form 1099-MISC for freelancers paid through Willa because they're not paying you directly.

When they pay you through Willa, they actually pay Willa Inc. Willa Inc. acts as a “third party settlement organization” under Section 6050W. This means we (not they) are required to report the payments we remit to you to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Form 1099-K, in accordance with IRS regulations.

Even if you don't receive enough payments for Willa to file a Form 1099-K for you, they still shouldn't file a 1099-MISC because they're actually paying a “third party settlement organization” rather than you.

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Does this cost anything for my client?

No.

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How does my client pay?

Your client can pay their invoice any way they'd like. We currently offer wire transfer, PayPal, check, or card payment.

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I’m based in the U.S. but my client is overseas. Can they still use Willa?

Yes.

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Will my client need to install the app?

No. Your client can use their own payment process.

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If my customer has their own system, how will it work with Willa?

Your client has the option to pay with a bank wire transfer, check, PayPal or debit/credit card. Your contact person can pay directly or forward the payment request to their finance team.

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Do I need to convince my clients to use Willa?

No. They'll get a professional invoice sent from Willa on your behalf.

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What happens if my client pays late?

You'll still get your money right away.

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Do you send payment reminders?

Yes, but you're paid instantly you never have to wait to receive your money.

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Do I need to follow up with my client regarding the payment?

No. Our team will verify that their details are correct and take care of all administrative work.