If you’re an online freelance writer like me, it’s pretty much a given that you need a PayPal account. Many magazines/publishers/clients pay only via PayPal, and that applies especially if you are in a different country from them.
The usual method is that you provide your PayPal-registered email address and the client then arranges payment using this. But PayPal recently introduced a new method call PayPal.Me, which allows you to send anyone wanting to pay you to a dedicated link instead. To quote from their FAQs Page:
PayPal.Me is a faster, easier way to get paid through PayPal. Just share your very own PayPal.Me link (paypal.me/YourName) with your friends and family, and they can send you money for lunch, chip in for a group gift or any other reason they need to pay you back.
Got your own business? Set up a PayPal.Me/YourBusiness link and get paid quickly for the goods or services you sell. Your customers will love the ease and enjoy PayPal Buyer Protection on eligible items.
Your friends and customers don’t have to know your email address or mobile phone number, or even have the PayPal app. They just tap on your link, go to your PayPal.Me page, type in the amount and send the money.
PayPal.Me is open to anyone with a PayPal account of any type (personal, premier or business). There is no charge for setting up a PayPal.Me link.
One big advantage of this method is that it allows you to keep your email address private. It’s always a bad idea to publish your email address online in case it is picked up by spammers (and sooner or later it will be). But there is nothing to stop you publishing your PayPal.me link anywhere. Want to make a small donation to show your appreciation for this blog, for example? Just go to http://paypal.me/nickdaws and donate away 😀
You can also, of course, include your PayPal.Me link in an email or social media message. The recipient can then just click to go to your “payment page”, which is quick and professional-looking.
One other thing you can do is append a figure to your link to request a specific amount. Click on http://paypal.me/nickdaws/5 and the payment page will open with an amount of £5 already filled in. Try it and see!
Incidentally, as far as I can tell, the currency shown in such cases is your default or primary currency, and there doesn’t appear to be any way of changing this. As my primary currency is UK pounds, I can’t therefore create a link requesting a payment of $5 US. It would, though, be easy enough for a visitor to my payment link to change the currency to dollars, euro, or something else if they wish.
Anyway, if you have a PayPal account, I highly recommend clicking through to PayPal.Me as soon as possible and claiming the PayPal.Me link you want. Once you have this, it will be yours for life, but right now, it’s first come, first served. I was pleased and relieved to get the suffix nickdaws before anyone else claimed it!
If you have any comments or questions, as ever, please do leave them below.