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FreshBooks now supports Google Checkout

by Mike McDerment | January 28/2009 |

Today we are pleased to announce that FreshBooks now supports Google Checkout. Google Checkout integration is something people have been asking for for a long time, and it gives us great pleasure to roll it out today.

Google Checkout is a payment gateway like PayPal or Authorize.Net, and you can use it to collect online payments from your clients when you send them a FreshBooks invoice. The cost to use Google Checkout is 2% + $0.20 per transaction for businesses who do not use Google Adwords. For those business that have Google Adwords accounts, Google Checkout is free on sales of up to 10 times your monthly AdWords spend.

To enable Google Checkout in your FreshBooks account:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click “Settings” in the top right hand corner.
  3. Click “Enable Online Payment” from the 3rd Party Services Section
  4. Scroll down to Google Checkout, enter your merchant ID and key, check off enabled and save the page.
It’s very important that you read the set up instructions carefully - you must enter the postback url in your seller account or nothing will work. Also you should know, Google gives purchasers a 15 minute window to cancel their purchases, and therefore payments will take at least 15 minutes to clear. We handle this in your account with invoice statuses - the “pending” status indicates we’re waiting for a response from Google. Once you have done all that your invoices will provide the option to receive payment by via Google Checkout. If you want to accept payment via Google Checkout for invoices you have created previously, you’ll have to edit each one and check the “Google Checkout” box. Please note Google Checkout is only available in the US and the UK (Canada, you’ve been shafted again) and you will not even see Google Checkout as a payment gateway option unless your FreshBooks account currency is USD or GBP. Please also note, you cannot do recurring billing (where your client’s credit cards are automatically charged at intervals of your choosing) with Google Checkout. You can do recurring billing with these gateways: Authorize.Net, Landmark, iTransact, Linkpoint and PsiGate. FreshBooks also supports the following non-recurring billing capable gateways: PayPal Payflow Pro, PayPal Website Payments Pro, PayPal and 2Checkout. **Update:** We’ve updated the Google Checkout integration to mark all payments coming from FreshBooks as digital content. As a result there is no longer shipping information during the checkout. This allows transactions to clear much faster (i.e. less than a minute in most cases).

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