What Is GoCardless?
GoCardless is an online Direct Debit specialist that manages the entire collection process on your behalf. It's perfect for invoice payments of variable amounts, subscriptions and fees.
Direct Debit allows you to collect funds automatically on payment dates.
Once a Direct Debit is in place, you can use it to collect one-off or recurring payments of any amount.
You choose the dates you collect funds, meaning you’ll be able to predict future revenue for your business.
Merchants can either collect and manage their payments using a simple online tool or can integrate with our REST API.
How It Works
In GoProposal we recommend taking payments via GoCardless. This enables you to collect payment from your clients automatically on a monthly recurring basis.
You can link your GoCardless account to GoProposal. Once you have done this, prospects will be prompted to instantly set up their payments with you at the point of accepting their Engagement Letter/proposal so you don't need to chase for bank details.
You control in which part of the process payments are taken, before or after the letter of engagement/proposal is accepted.
Here's how to set it up..
STEP 1: Connecting GoCardless to GoProposal
Make sure you have an active GoCardless account before you do this. To connect the apps, within GoProposal go to Settings > Integrations and select GoCardless from the left hand tab.
Slide the toggle on to set up the GoCardless connection.
You will be prompted to login to GoCardless so enter your details and once you're in, you will be redirected back to the integrations page in GoProposal.
STEP 2: Establishing your Settings
Define key settings for this integration on this page. Here's what everything means..
Decide which proposal templates you want to apply this to
You can specify which proposal templates you would like this integration to apply to, so that only relevant clients are redirected to payment once they sign their engagement letters.
For example, you might want to set all new clients up on GoCardless but already have payment plans in place for existing proposals.
Decide at which point you would like payment plans to be set up
You can decide whether you would like your clients to set up their payments with you before or after accepting the Engagement Letter/Proposal.
During Acceptance: GoCardless is part of your acceptance process and the proposal will not show as 'won' until the client has accepted and filled in their payment details.
After Acceptance: GoCardless is not part of the acceptance process, meaning the client can accept the proposal and not fill out their payment details and the proposal will show as 'won'. The request for the client to fill out their payment details will show after the Proposal has been signed.
If you go with after, there will be a thank you page after your clients have accepted the documents and before they set their payments up.
You can configure what this page says from on the integration settings page.
FYI: If you are connecting GoCardless to Xero, ensure this is connected to 'GoCardless for Xero' and not 'GoCardless in Xero'.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us! 😃