Soldo is a spend management account with prepaid debit cards that help small, medium and large businesses manage their finances.
How does it work?
How much does it cost?
How is it managed?
In this review, we look at the features of the account, fees, plans, advantages and disadvantages.
What is Soldo? How does it work?
Soldo is a non-bank digital account that works in extension of your primary business account. Through a user-friendly admin account and intuitive app, staff and business managers can record and control expenses easily.
The system simplifies the allocation of financial resources where multiple people – like business partners, employees, contractors or temporary collaborators – need to access a budget for business expenses.
Starting with the Pro plan, you can add photos of receipts.
3 subscription plans are offered, while the most complex companies can request a personalised (Enterprise) plan:
Depending on the chosen plan, it is possible to request a certain number of nominative Mastercard Prepaid cards, assigning them to members, employees or projects (the latter is not nominative). In the next section, we explore the costs and conditions.
For each of the Soldo cards, a budget, rules and spending limits are assigned which can be modified at any time.
The expenses made with company prepaid cards are recorded in real time on the web platform and in the Soldo app that’s available on Android and iOS devices. Cardholders can store the card in their Google Pay or Apple Pay wallets to use for contactless payments, if they don’t have it physically.
|Visit Soldo site|
|Cost per user (each gets 1 free card)|
|£6 + VAT / month
|£10 + VAT / month
|Cost per additional card issued|
£10 + VAT
£2 + VAT
£6 + VAT
£1 + VAT
|Account top-ups from business account
Faster Payments withdrawal
SEPA bank transfer withdrawal
Incoming USD bank transfer
Withdrawal via international bank transfer
|Withdrawals in GBP / EUR / USD
1% of withdrawal amount (min. £2/€2/$2)
*In addition to Mastercard exchange rate.
The Start plan has the fewest features and is therefore more like a taster plan for entrepreneurs, small companies with limited budgeting needs, freelancers and self-employed people with collaborators.
Although Soldo advertises a minimum of 3 users for the Pro and Premium plans, you can upgrade to those for more in-depth features even if you only have one or two users.
Upgrading to Pro gives you the following features:
- Team cards (in addition to cards for individuals)
- On-the-spot receipt capture
- Integration with QuickBooks, Xero and Sage
- Allocation of dedicated funds to users
- Single-use virtual cards
- Virtual cards for recurring payments/subscriptions
- Advanced card rules for controlling spend
- Standard approval workflows for one-off transactions
- Review and approval processes for one-off transactions
In addition to the above, a Premium subscription includes:
- Multi-currency accounts in GBP, EUR and USD
- Custom permissions and roles
- Advanced reporting
- Auto-classification of transactions
- Organise teams, projects and departments into groups
- Custom approval workflows for one-off transactions
On the Enterprise plan, you get a dedicated account manager and customer success manager, training and custom onboarding. The price of Enterprise depends on the complexity of your company, so it requires a quotation.
Expense management and reporting
The owner of the company, as an account administrator, has access to a control panel in a web browser. This is where they modify limits and check all card activities in real time.
After topping up the Soldo account by bank transfer from the company’s main business account (the only method currently available), the admin can distribute funds between the prepaid card accounts assigned to employees, collaborators, projects or teams, or to a Wallet.
Soldo Pro and Premium allow you to attach photos of each payment receipt.
The Wallets are useful if it’s not possible to estimate or predict the spending needs of a single employee. It works like this: a budget is transferred to an expenditure area (corresponding, for example, to a project or company department) and employees are then assigned so they can access it.
If you have repeated business expenses, you can set up automatic transfers where specific amounts are periodically allocated to certain employees or areas of expenditure, thereby avoiding having to manually distribute the budget.
Rules and spend limits are set for each company prepaid card.
Also from the control centre, the business owner can suspend and reactivate one or more cards at any time, limit their expenses or set rules. For example, you can deactivate cash withdrawals, category-based payments and more. These card controls are more advanced than the those included with an average online business account.
On the paid plans, employees can upload an image of an invoice or receipt immediately after a purchase. The Soldo business admin can then verify the document immediately.
Activities and transactions are registered in real time, so expenses can be monitored remotely.
Reports, statistics and analyses are always available and updated in real time in the mobile app and web dashboard accessible from a computer browser. The data can be viewed as a whole or filtered according to a period, single user, category of expenditure (e.g. transport, meals, fuel), and so on.
All information can then be exported in periodic reports in the most common file formats: XLS, PDF, CSV and QIF.
Reporting facilitates company accounting and tax compliance. In addition to exporting the files, Soldo can be connected to well-known accounting programmes (Xero, QuickBooks, Sage, NetSuite and others).
Soldo offers a company prepaid debit card exclusively for refuelling at petrol stations in the UK and across Europe. It works at self-service pumps only, anywhere that accepts Mastercard. No other types of purchases are enabled.
The fuel card simplifies the management of expenses related to the refuelling of company vehicles, particularly to comply with the latest HMRC regulations.
Apart from cards allocated to custom teams and purposes, you can create a dedicated fuel card.
In the control panel, you can download tax-compliant reports for the fuel cards, valid for obtaining expense or VAT deductions.
The fuel card can be linked to a person or vehicle (where the number plate is associated). It costs the same to add as any other expense card on your chosen subscription.
The company owner can also disable some features (e.g. withdrawals) on all or certain cards. Alternatively, it can set custom usage limits.
Opening an account and applying for cards
To get started with Soldo, simply fill out the registration form on the official website. Personal and business information will be requested.
The account can also be opened by self-employed freelancers and sole traders.
Registration takes only a few minutes.
After completing the online registration form, you have to wait a few working days for the account verification, after which you can access the web portal, top up the Soldo account with funds, request prepaid cards and allocate the company budget.
The cards will be shipped a few working days after the request.
Security, reliability and service
Soldo Financial Services Ltd is based in London and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) who monitors companies in the UK financial sector. As such, it is considered a safe and reliable service.
As a licenced e-money institution, Soldo is not a bank, but instead keeps your money in a ringfenced bank account at select banks, separate from its own finances. Soldo does not publicly state which banks it uses in the UK, which is not great in terms of transparency.
A Customer Care team deals with queries in a live chat on working days between 9am-7pm and Saturdays between 9am-6pm. Email enquiries will be answered after 6-12 business hours.
Users generally have positive opinions on the service, although some report delays or non-delivery of company cards. Mobile Transaction contacted the company for clarification.
The delays would affect only a small percentage of requests. The cards are delivered in 5-7 working days from the order – in some cases, it may take a few more days.
Failure to deliver would instead be due to:
- wrong delivery address (e.g. wrong house number);
- absence of name on intercom and/or mail box at the address indicated
To avoid inefficiencies and delays, it is therefore advisable to pay attention to this information. In case of non-delivery, following the user’s report, Soldo will send a replacement card at no additional cost.
Our verdict: useful, specialised service
Although technically an e-money account, Soldo is really an add-on service to your main business account so you don’t have to change bank to get better expense management tools.
Soldo enables business owners to provide employees with prepaid cards linked to an expense system that only the company admin controls. You can assign funds to staff members or spending categories, set usage limits and monitor the movements of each cardholder in real time.
The Soldo expense cards are an easy way to control, manage and distribute company finances among users, employees, collaborators and projects.
|Costs and fees||3.8||Good|
|Transparency and sign-up||3.9||Good|
|Service and reviews||4||Good|
For each expense made, employees can instantly upload receipts and invoices, and the business admin can simply send them – together with detailed reporting – to their accountant as an Excel or PDF file.
The costs are reasonable for small businesses and professionals, though since you’re paying a subscription fee per user, the monthly fee can rack up quickly with a large team. The free Start plan gives access to basic, but sufficient, functions for a small business with a limited number of employees.