Sole traders take note – Holvi is the new player in town. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Holvi offers a new alternative to traditional ways of handling your business finances.
This is a practical article, one designed to give you insight into what Holvi is – our business account’s features and how Holvi improves on traditional banking. In short, what Holvi means when we say we go ‘beyond business banking’.
To do this, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions about Holvi.
Let’s jump right in.
1. Who can open a business account with Holvi?
Do you tick these boxes?
- A resident of Finland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy or the Netherlands ☐
- Sole trader ☐
If so, Holvi is right for you!
In 2019 there were over 32.6 million sole traders in the EU. And the numbers are growing fast – each day, more and more talented professionals are opting to ride the self-employment wave. At Holvi, we know that working as a sole trader can often be a scary and isolating experience. That’s actually the reason we exist. We’re here to offer support through innovative financial management tools, making sure no sole trader ever feels alone.
2. What do I need to open a Holvi business account?
To open a Holvi account, you’ll need to verify your identity. We’ll ask you for the following:
- Email address
- Mobile number
- Proof of identity (passport or EU ID card)
- VAT number (if applicable)
Take note that Holvi does not accept driver’s licenses as a form of personal identification.
The next step is to verify your company. After all, this is a business account. Here’s more information on how company verification works.
3. How long does it take to open a Holvi business account?
Short answer: 2 to 3 working days. At Holvi, we take personal identification and security extremely seriously. To carry out the verifications steps mentioned under ‘2’ as thoroughly as possible, we need sufficient processing time.
But this is a team effort – the faster you send us your documents, the faster we can open and activate your Holvi account.
4. Do I get a Holvi credit card?
You’ll get the Holvi Business Mastercard®. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a credit card, though you can use it to pay and withdraw cash conveniently and securely anywhere Mastercard is accepted. At the moment, it’s not possible to deposit cash with Holvi. You can, however, transfer money into your Holvi account via bank transfer.
It’s called ‘Prepaid Mastercard’, but the Holvi card works just like a debit card. It’s directly linked to your Holvi account, so any transactions impact your balance. You won’t need to ‘load’ your card – at Holvi, your business’ financial success counts as ‘loading up’.
It’s also possible to receive multiple Holvi cards. In our effort to help all small businesses find success, you can hand out extra Holvi cards as you see fit.
5. When do I get my Holvi Business Mastercard?
After successful verification, your new Holvi card will arrive in your mailbox within a few working days.
6. Can I create invoices with Holvi?
Of course! This is one of Holvi’s most useful features. With Holvi you can create, send and track invoices in just a few clicks. And you’ll be notified the moment an invoice is paid. It’s fast and lets you keep an eye on everything. You can find everything you’ve ever wanted to know about invoicing with Holvi here.
7. Does Holvi do my accounting?
Short answer? Yes, soon. We're launching our Bookkeeper plan in Germany and Finland, teaming up with regional accounting professional to do exactly this – while still offering Holvi's value of streamline day-to-day business finances! Still, you can simplify work life even without Bookkeeper.
With our practical money management tools, you’ll avoid paperwork and save yourself lots of time and frustration. When you make a payment with your Holvi Business Mastercard, you’ll be prompted to snap a photo of the receipt and tag it to your transaction. This way you’ll have all the documentation you need when tax season rolls around.
Sound interesting? Find out more on expenses here.
8. Do I need the Holvi Mobile app?
Yes. To protect your account, we use two-factor authentication. You’ll use this to safely confirm each sign-in and outbound payment. This is how it looks in depth.
Your business stays with you wherever you go, and now your banking does too. With the Holvi app, you can keep a clear overview of cash flow (ins and outs), manage tax prep with our snap, sort and save feature for expenses, and send invoices – all on the go.
You can find some more information on the Holvi Mobile App here.
9. And what does it cost?
Holvi pricing is based on which plan you choose. Our Starter account comes with no monthly subscription fees and offers powerful tools to help you run your business.
To sum up
Holvi goes beyond business banking. We want to free you to spend energy on what’s most important to you – not finances, but your actual work. We’ve built a powerful business account with features to streamline your sole trading career.
Still not sure if Holvi is right for you? Read our '7 reasons for sole traders to open a separate business account' to discover how Holvi has your best interests at heart.