Your all-in-one freelancer account
More than just a freelancer bank account. Business banking, invoicing, expense management, bookkeeping and credit card (coming soon). All in one place.
- Holvi mobile banking app
- Freelancer debit card
- Manage receipts
- Open account online
The ultimate freelancer account
Stay in control, get down to business
Separate your freelance business from private life with Holvi and keep track of all your payments.
- Open a business account with German IBAN
- Unlimited free transfers in euros
- Business Debit Mastercard®, accepted worldwide
- Manage expenses and save receipts – stay tax ready
- Access via browser or app, with real-time notifications
Fingerprint or Face ID login keeps access to your Holvi account safe.
Your funds are protected in European partner banks with deposit protection.
Real-time notifications for all account activity – keep track of ins and outs.
Smarter business banking for freelancers
See how much money is yours in real time
Self-employment sometimes means unpredictable income and expenses. With Holvi, you can manage cash flow in real time and see how finances are doing, at a glance.
- VAT calculator: Shows how much you have to save for tax time
- Real-time profit: Shows how much revenue is left after expenses
- Balance forecast: Shows your upcoming balance based on scheduled transactions in and out – so you always stay ahead of the curve
Freelance expense management
Where’s that receipt again?
Said no Holvi user, ever. Store expense receipts and invoices right in your business account. Calm the chaos of managing expenses.
- Scan receipts on the go using the Holvi app, or upload receipts later at your convenience
- Holvi automatically connects receipts to payments and stores them for tax time and beyond
- Filter transactions to spot transactions any missing receipts
- Download bookkeeping details and attachments anytime, or invite your accountant directly to your Holvi account
Invoice your clients
With Holvi, you can bill clients right in your business account. Send invoices and e-invoices with just a few clicks.
Order team cards
Let your employees pay for expenses and save yourself the hassle of expense reports.
Freelancer tax prep & bookkeeping
Stress-free German tax returns, almost
No more time-consuming receipt sorting at the end of each month. With Holvi, you can prep bookkeeping effortlessly:
- 1. Scan & save receipts
- 2. Add VAT rate
- 3. Categorise transactions
Via the Holvi mobile app or on the computer, bookkeeping with Holvi is so easy you won’t even know you’re doing it.
Upcoming tax return?
Here’s how to handle it with Holvi.
Simply, on Elster
With Holvi’s downloadable reports, filing your tax return on Elster is easy. You have all the data for your VAT advance notification and income surplus invoice (EÜR) at hand.
With a tax advisor
No more paperwork. Send your accounting data to your tax advisor in DATEV format. Or invite your tax advisor to Holvi with limited access – so they see only what’s needed.
Seamlessly, with lexoffice
Using lexoffice? You can connect your accounting software to Holvi with just a few clicks. All transactions sync automatically.
Accounts & cards for freelancers
Get a better view on your business finances. Manage payments and stay on top of the numbers.
- Business banking
- Business Debit Mastercard®
- Scan & store receipts
- See your profit*
- VAT balance in real time*
Lighten the load of running a business – with expense management, invoicing and accounting all in one place.
Everything Holvi Lite offers plus:
- Invoicing & e-invoicing
- Payment matching – get notified of paid invoices
- Prepare & export transactions for tax filing
FAQs about Holvi’s freelancer business account
No, as a freelancer you’re not required to open a separate business account in Germany. But… we recommend it anyway!
Holvi’s VAT calculator, real-time profit and loss statements and balance forecast give you an accurate and up-to-date overview of your small business finances – so there’s no chance of accidentally spending money that doesn’t belong to you.
Read more about how opening a business account can save you time and money in our Expats in Germany blog article: An expat’s guide to opening a business account.
We can’t say for sure, but most likely it’s possible. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
For example, take a look at a recent bank statement. As a rule, private accounts are used for lots of personal transactions. If you add business payments on top of that, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. This can complicate your bookkeeping to an unreasonable degree. You’ll have to dig through countless transactions! Sounds painful.
It’s also worth checking your bank’s T&Cs for specifics on whether they permit business activity in a personal account. Some German banks can be strict about this, as they try to push customers to open a separate business accounts with them.
Once you’ve opened your Holvi freelancer business account, you’ll usually receive your IBAN within one day.* At that point, you can already start using your account. Your Holvi Business Mastercard® should arrive within 10 working days.
*In exceptional cases, it may take a little longer to activate your account.
All you need is a valid ID or passport, and your tax number or VAT ID.