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Can a file be edited by an account from another team without charging the owner team?

I’m in an agency and I work with a lot of clients.

Each time I’ve tried to onboard a client in the figma process, the edit account of my client is added to my bill… I want them to manage their own accounts while keeping the file property till the end of the job.
Do I miss the right way to share ???

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Editors are billed on the file/account level. So if you invite someone to a file you own as an editor they will be billed on your account. If they own a different file and add you as an editor, then they will be billed for that editor seat.

Hopefully that makes sense.
This article might be helpful as well:

I understand the answer, but that’s not how the agencies world works.
Would you like me to ask a client to pay me an account for the work I’m going to produce for them???
I don’t pay for the tools my carpenter will use, it’s his investment.

Also, many clients are won by call of tenders, so my production started before we even talked about money?

I know that I can transfer the ownership but it isn’t acceptable to ask a client to pay for my account. As it is not acceptable to pay for the employees of my clients…

To my mind, a figma’s pro account must be allowed to edit a file belonging to another figma’s pro account. Both are paying figma, it’s just a matter of sharing permissions.


Does the client need to have edit access? If not then you could be the owner of the file, adding them as viewers, and then transferring ownership once the project is done.

It’s also possible to create a new free starter team which is limited to 2 editors. This would allow you to work with the client in a separate space with them as an editor for free. (as long as you don’t need more than two editors)

this model makes things so difficult!
sure, there might be hacks around it, but it just makes no sense.
each user can get billed multiple times because they collaborate with different teams?
it makes no sense for agencies or freelancers.
if i am a freelancer and i want to work with different colleagues on different projects, i have to pay a seat for each of them?!
on top of the seat that they already pay?!

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