A Beginner's Guide To Freelancing: PayPal

So, now you want to set up a PayPal account? No worries, it's easy to get started and start getting paid for your hard work! There are two different options to pick right from the start: Personal PayPal and PayPal Business. You're allowed one of each, so long as you have a different email address and bank account to differentiate them both. The main difference is that business accounts can accept credit/debit card payments, while personal accounts are just for PayPal-to-PayPal transactions. Also, my beloved Invoice tool! You can view a full list of the differences here

I personally recommend a business account, because the extra features are extremely useful to me, but it's ultimately your choice. 

You can learn more about the process on PayPal's YouTube channel and also on their website.

Be aware that they do charge fees for business-based transactions. I recommend that you familiarise yourself with the fees and factor them into the rate you charge your client. So long as you're up front about it, your clients usually won't mind - most consider the fees to be their responsibility, anyway.

Okay, let's jump into some videos! These are picked from PayPal's YouTube channel as the most relevant to you, but you can always go over and have a look for yourself. Knowledge is power! 

Most of these videos are for users in the United States or Australia, so you will notice some differences depending on where you are located. The NZ experience is quite similar to Australia, though we don't have all the same products available as them just yet. 

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