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How to Accept Payment on PayPal: 5 Ways

Paypal is a very powerful payment spider with many strings to its web. Let’s unravel it all!

PayPal is the leading online payment processor in the world for a reason. It is fast, international and flexible. To show just how flexible it is, we have rounded up the many ways you can accept payment through PayPal. 

However you make sales, wherever you make sales, you can receive money on PayPal. 

Note: These payment methods apply to merchant accounts/business accounts. That said, some of these also work for personal accounts.

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

1. Invoicing Through Paypal

2. PayPal.me Link

3. Setting Up a Paypal Payment Gateway on Your Site

4. Linking Your PayPal Account to Your Accounting Software

5. Mobile Payments via PayPal

Key Takeaways

1. Invoicing Through Paypal

The most basic way of accepting payments on Paypal is to use your PayPal portal. You can send a direct money request to anyone, regardless of whether they have a PayPal account of their own. All you need is an email address. 

As a business owner, you can use their invoicing tools in your merchant account. The invoice will be sent directly to your customer and they can pay using the PayPal portal.

This is the most popular way of using PayPal for business because the customer can easily select a payment option. They can use their credit cards or debit cards if they don't have an account. They can use their PayPal balance or bank account if they do have an account.

Be wary that you pay more in fees for credit card payments.

Alternatively, you can send a simple “money request” that bypasses the invoice stage. You simply tap in your payment amount and send it via email to your recipient.

This form of payment is best for international transactions. Domestic transactions work too of course. They are also cheaper in terms of fees. But if you do have clients abroad, this is an ideal way to bill them. 

2. PayPal.me Link

A PayPal.me link is a short URL that is unique to you. Both personal and merchant accounts are entitled to a paypal.me payment link. You can customize your link to include your business name if you want to. As long as it doesn’t already exist, you can claim it.

Once your paypal.me link is set up, you can send it to anyone at any time.

The difference with this form of accepting payment is that the payee sets the payment amount. You can’t set the payment amount before sending the link. 

3. Setting Up a Paypal Payment Gateway on Your Site

Your website is another place you can accept payments through PayPal. You need to set up a PayPal payment gateway on your website. The way to do this depends on your web host. WordPress has PayPal plugins. These can create handy PayPal branded payment buttons. Wix and Squarespace have their own apparatus for connecting online sales to your PayPal account.

This is ideal if you sell digital products, courses, physical products or consultancy services online.

4. Linking Your PayPal Account to Your Accounting Software

So say you have a FreshBooks account (which you definitely should). You use it as your primary way of invoicing clients and managing payments. You can connect your accounting software to your PayPal account if they have a partnership. We do have an alliance with PayPal. So if you send an invoice through our software, your clients can instantly pay the balance using the PayPal gateway attached to the invoice. 

5. Mobile Payments via PayPal

Mobile payments are relatively new for PayPal. They are relatively new for the US in general! 

The advent of contactless payments has taken the country by storm in the last year. Touch-free payments are so much more important now.

PayPal has a contactless payment feature that works for any company with a PayPal account and any payee with an account too. 

All your customer needs to do is scan your unique PayPal QR code with one of their mobile devices. 

This payment method works well for shops, cafes and bar owners. 

Key Takeaways

Lucky us! PayPal gives users a plethora of ways to accept payments. However you do business, you can receive money quickly and easily. We hope you found this article helpful!

For more PayPal guides, check out our resource hub!


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