Is PayPal still necessary in the freelance field? If you are a member of the homebased group I manage, you know that I always encourage beginners to start their profile on Upwork.
If you want to know the reason why, you can read this post: UpWork: Why I Still Encourage Beginners To Start Here And A Step By Step Guide On How To Create Your Profile
If you are not a member of the group yet, please feel free to join here: HOMEBASED ONLINE JOB HIRINGS FOR FILIPINOS (NO NETWORKING ALLOWED? )
So, back to what I was saying, I encourage beginners to start on Upwork, but I also encourage them to have a PayPal account ready even before they explore Upwork. Some are wondering why I still want them to have PayPal accounts when Upwork gives them the option to have their funds withdrawn directly to their bank accounts. I have one simple answer to that, they need to be ready when and if a direct client outside Upwork comes. Upwork is just a stepping stone, but it doesn’t mean you won’t go outside it.
When I started to venture in freelancing, I didn’t have a clue about anything, I didn’t even know that there were Facebook groups dedicated to it and that there are a lot of Filipino freelancers. I started everything from scratch and made Google my bestfriend. Google told me back then that the best way to get paid in the Philippines is through PayPal, Skrill and through banks. So, I made sure I had those before I even started applying for jobs.
I just didn’t want to “cross the bridge when I get there”. I wanted to be ready and not in a hurry when I already need it. Imagine this, what if you got lucky and landed a direct client but you didn’t have a PayPal ready? It would be rude to tell the client that you didn’t have PayPal and to let him go through the hassle of sending you money through Western Union or Wire Transfer. If I were the client, I would rather look for another freelancer who is ready.
Now you see the importance? I can give you a couple more benefits of having your PayPal.
- If you connect your credit card to your PayPal account, you will be able to buy online from any merchant using your PayPal, you will not need to input your credit card number everytime you make a purchase. Plus, your merchant will not have your credit card details, PayPal have got you covered on that.
- If you don’t have a credit card, you can also use your debit card as long as it is connected to PayPal to purchase online.
- You can receive payments from any client anywhere in the world.
- PayPal has a mass payment option.
- You can send an invoice to your client directly from PayPal, he can pay you with just a few clicks.
Are you convinced now? Well, here is the step by step guide, create your account now. 🙂
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When you click signup, you will be given two choices. Simply put, the one on the left is the personal account and the one on the right is the business account. For now, you are ok with a personal account.
With a personal account, you will be able to receive payments through PayPal as long as the person paying also has a PayPal account. In a business account, people can pay your PayPal directly from their credit cards. It is safe to assume that clients who are hiring freelancers have their own PayPal accounts.
When the time comes that you have to accept a payment from someone who has no PayPal account, you can easily upgrade to a business account. But, for now, a personal one will do.
Enter your email address. Remember that the email address that you use here will be the only detail you will send to a client to get paid. Do not send anything else. Just your email.
Provide Further Details
Don’t forget to check the check box before proceeding.
Add Credit Card
You will be asked to add your credit card details here, but you can click I’ll do it later.
You will be asked if you are sure, just click that you still want to do it later.
Now you have your PayPal account, just click on the link to go to your account.
Once you go to your account, you will already be able to use PayPal but with limits.
To lift the limit, you have to verify your account. Click here for the step by step guide:
Once you verify your account, the limits will be lifted. You can use the money that you will get to pay online. But, if you want to withdraw your money to a bank account, you have to add a bank account. Here’s how:
I hope this post was able to help you create your account. Please stay tuned as I come up with other tutorials featuring other platforms that you can use to earn from home.
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