When the world slows down, Wise doesn't.

When the world slows down, Wise doesn't, and you don't have to, either.

While we like to keep things fun and light-hearted, we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that these times are challenging. Life feels rather bizarre in today's world.

We are all witnessing and experiencing a global crisis. It is confusing and unusual to us all, unseen in our lifetimes before now. With the rapid evolution, we've seen the world quickly transition from business-as-usual to an unprecedented, limited way of life for now as well as for the foreseeable future.

The world hasn't actually stopped, but it has certainly slowed down — the impact is palpable. The effects are exponential and can be felt in every facet of our lives, from personal to professional.

With the reasonable concern and the mandated lockdowns occurring all over the globe, we are necessarily adapting to staying home and practicing social distancing. It's difficult to avoid going outside, and it's weird to not see family and friends in-person. We're all having to get creative, figuring out how to take care of basic errands and not lose touch with those we are accustomed to interacting with regularly (Fun tip: Did you know you can play games with multiple people over video calls via Houseparty? Try it!).

Then there's work. Our professional lives have changed, and it's unclear for how long. Some of us find ourselves temporarily without work, and some of us have "set up camp" by working from home indefinitely. Thank goodness for Slack and Zoom, right? While the capabilities exist for many to work from home, businesses are still suffering and battling the crisis.

Businesses are taking massive hits to revenue. Supply and demand have changed drastically. Business leaders and owners are grappling with the best course of action, trying to react in real-time. Many businesses have had to lay off employees for the time being. Certain industries have come to an abrupt halt. Restaurants, bars, and retail stores have all shut down, and now, so are bank branches (ex: Chase just announced it will close 20% of its locations).

If you're a customer of a traditional bank, you may find a "temporarily closed" sign on the door of your local branch. With current conditions, it's possible that you won't be able to take care of your banking needs without delays and difficulty.

That's not the case with Wise, and here's why.

While all businesses are impacted in some way by the crisis, not all need to stop operations. Online businesses and those shifting to online are becoming increasingly relied upon during this time. In a world where physical contact must be limited and leaving your home almost feels forbidden, businesses can turn to digital solutions for their banking and payment needs. With the right tools, such as the ability to manage and move money with ease, many businesses can maintain forward momentum. That's where Wise comes in.

Wise won't be closing any locations, and that's because we don't have any. While bank branches are closing down amidst the crisis, we remain there for our customers by eliminating the need to ever step foot in a bank again. Wise is entirely digital, offering banking and payment solutions to our customers in the palms of their hands — all from one app.

If you're working and running your business from home, you can bank from home, too. The solution is Wise. Need to send invoices to your clients or pay your employees? We have that covered, too.

In a stressful time for all, we're here to make banking and payments as fast, stress-free, and easy as possible so that you can keep moving. We'll be here through the crisis and after the storm passes because when the world slows down, Wise doesn't — and you don't have to, either.

October 27, 2020
Arjun Thyagarajan