For me, PayPal is one of the top channels for getting paid despite its higher fees and lower forex rates. As a freelancer, blogger or a webmaster, it’s not a matter of choice but it is a must to have a PayPal account.
Like it or not but PayPal is the preferred method of payment for the US clients and to some extent for the UK clients as well. It is the most widely accepted payment method among international clients and you have to be using PayPal if you want to be a freelancer in India.
As a freelancer, blogger or a webmaster, it’s not a matter of choice but it is a must to have a PayPal account.
I have been using PayPal since 2002 when we Indians had no choice to withdraw money from the bank account and can only receive money and use it online with merchants who accepted PayPal. These days it is bread and butter for hundreds of small companies hiring hundreds of individuals.
For me, PayPal is one of the top channels for getting paid despite its higher fees and lower forex rates as very few clients prefer an alternative to PayPal.
PayPal isn’t a bank but only a payment processor. So there are additional restrictions by RBI. Indian PayPal accounts have more limitations than ever before and here are the 3 major limitations that I find quite troublesome when using Indian PayPal account.
Can’t Accept Personal Payments
PayPal worldwide has a couple of payment options – business payment and personal payments. The good part is, personal payments don’t have PayPal transaction fees.
Non-Indian PayPal account can send and receive personal payments but Indians aren’t allowed to receive personal payment through PayPal.
Personal payments were very popular in India to accept payments from clients as personal payments and skip the transaction fees.
Now as one can’t have a PayPal personal payment, so one has to pay the PayPal transaction fees which are close to 5% to receive payment from clients.
Can’t use PayPal Balance
Personal payments aren’t an ethically right thing to be doing but the second limitation of an Indian PayPal account is – we can’t use the PayPal balance for payment.
The payment received in the PayPal account can’t be used for the purchase of any goods and services and one has to be withdrawn to the bank account only. To make a payment for any goods or services one has to pay via the debit card or credit card only.
This adds lot of extra forex expense (almost 9% on top of 5% as transaction fees) to accept payment and make a payment.
Can’t Send Payment to Other Indian PayPal Account
Indian PayPal account can pay to non-Indian PayPal account using a credit or a debit card. Similarly, a non-Indian PayPal account can make a payment to Indian PayPal account.
The real problem is an Indian merchant with an Indian PayPal account can’t accept payments from other Indian PayPal account because payment from an Indian PayPal account to other Indian PayPal account isn’t possible.
I am not sure why this is an issue but it is how it is. So if an Indian wants to be paying a fellow Indian using PayPal, it is not allowed.
Some of my friends who want to launch an International e-commerce site accepts PayPal for international orders but for Indian customers, they have to offer alternate payment methods.
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