My fellow microbudget filmmaker, if you do any kind of video production in between projects, and if you find yourself scrambling to get paid, here's a tool I like and highly recommend. You can even get paid right away, as in today. It's quick for your client, and it's easy for you.
So easy in fact, I had to write a quick take on it to disarm any mental barriers to trying yet another new gizmo on the web.
Don't already have a Paypal account? Get one.
Well, I'll tell you little Timmy!
- They offer the same industry merchant processing fees as of 2017 (2.9% + $0.30 per transaction).
- They do allow you to refund your client/buyer with ease.
- They do allow for disputes.
- The do have financing options! (SEE RED BLURB a few lines down).
- Your Paypal money is accepted at more and more retailers!
Client doesn't have an account? They can easily create one, en route to paying you. Create your link to get paid and share that turkey.
At the end of the post, I'll walk you through how to get paid with Paypal, even if your client is BROKE, has no budget for your services, and/or doesn't have a Paypal account (and/or refuses to get one).
Step 1: Get a Paypal.me link.
Once you've headed over to the Paypal.me site, look for the big blue button.
Then figure out what you want to call yourself. I used "churchfilms" when I set it up because that was my business name, but you could just as easily use your name.
Looks like the Autobots' leader is hosed in this instance.
If you already have a Paypal account, then follow the prompts. If you don't, signing up will take a little bit longer.
Once your account is verified, then you can send people to your link. It's as simple as sharing:
Step 2: Send your clients to your link.
NOTE: always look for https when dealing with sensitive information.
If money is to be involved and there's no https in your URL, FLEE.
If your client is a business owner or someone with a pretty hefty title (like CMO), they're already used to this, but if you're working with a startup or anyone else working in the organization you're shooting for, it's okay to reassure them that they should be looking for your mugshot and a secure link, like:
Step 3: Ask them to type in the amount.
Let's look at sending a few bucks. $10 is a paltry sum to pay someone through Paypal, but maybe you have an e-book you're selling?
Hey, byproducts can happen with anyone in any industry.
NOTE: If you know an exact amount you're charging for your work, just send them that amount in the URL you share with them. If it's 20 bucks, just add a slash and 20 to the end of your URL. When they click the link, they'll see in their search bar:
And below the URL, they'll see your mugshot with the amount already filled in for them.
Whether they fill it in, or you pre-fill it, have them hit the blue "Next" button.
Step 4. Log in
The next screen they'll see is to log in to Paypal (and then they're in good hands) - or create a new account if they don't already have one.
If they HAVE NEVER USED Paypal before, feel free to send them here if they're unsure of the process.
The next screen they'll see when they create a new account is the email/pw screen. There might even be one of those rascally captcha thingy-ma-bobs.
Then your client will be asked to enter in the standard address info.
Pretty straightforward stuff here. Borrowing from John Oliver (fair warning: he uses salty language), for all I know, you could be agreeing to the contents of Mein Kampf when you hit that check box.
I doubt it though.
If they agree to the terms, then they'll be prompted to enter their cc info:
and Bob's your Uncle.
BONUS: Okay, if your client says they're broke, it's too expensive, it's out of their budget, you need to first AGREE.
"Yep, it is expensive."
"I understand, let me take care of that."
Because you've got Paypal credit, and if they're already set up on Paypal, they're good to go! If not, lead them to the water for 6 months of NO PAYMENTS and NO INTEREST. Here's how:
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Original: June 24, 2016; edited Sept 3, 2017