The cloud-based invoice and billing service is partnering with Coinbase to allow its clients – freelancers and small businesses – to send invoices in bitcoins.

“Bitcoin is going places. Many of you have asked for bitcoin support in your invoices, and today we’re launching the Coinbase module for Hiveage. You can now accept bitcoin payments for your invoices directly into your Coinbase wallet!”

reads the Hiveage blog post.

Hiveage, operating since January 2014, was created by Sri Lankan developers as a service for freelancers and small businesses. It allows them to create and send an unlimited number of invoices for free and provides a number of additional functions as part of it paid plan, such as accepting payments online, time tracking and expense reporting, or managing a team. The invoices can be sent in multiple languages. According to the company’s website, it has more than 45,000 clients in 140 countries.

Hiveage has been receiving requests for bitcoin support since June 2014. Many of Hiveage’s customers already accepted payment in bitcoins. They can now receive payments directly in their Coinbase accounts. Connecting Coinbase to Hiveage and adding bitcoin as a payment option costs users $1.95 per month. Of course, the service can only be used by people living in the 24 countries where Coinbase is available.

Coinbase was chosen because the geography of the two companies has much in common. Both have the majority of their customers in the US, both are looking to expand in Europe.
Paying freelancers in bitcoin is sometimes seen as a solution for countries with unstable currencies. For instance, CoinFox has previously written that more bitcoin use was suggested to Venezuelans as a solution to the financial crisis there and payments for freelance activities were seen as a means of getting more bitcoins to Venezuela.