Several years ago when I started my handmade business, I needed to find a way to send invoices, receive money and send money securely. At the time, the only only company I knew of doing such a thing was PayPal. I had heard of lots of other people using PayPal and the company advertised that they were safe, secure, reliable and with low transaction fees. Now after using PayPal for almost 4 years, I finally decided to research what else is out there. Is there another more secure and maybe even cheaper company providing the same services? A company with amazing customer service (seems hard to find these days) who will work with me, listen to me, and make me feel safe while holding my funds?
After some research, I have found 10 alternatives to using PayPal. Most of these companies provide the same services as PayPal, if not more. Click each company to find out more about their terms, security, and fees. Don’t be afraid to check out reviews for the companies either! It’s important to check out others’ experiences, in my opinion.
I think I am going to be trying Google Wallet first. I really like all of the special features it offers that are different than PayPal features.
Recently I’ve had some major issues with the customer service at PayPal and issues with my account being frozen without explanation. As you can imagine, this is a HUGE inconvenience as a handmade shop owner. This situation is what provoked me to do some research, which in all honestly I should have done from the get-go. While researching alternatives to PayPal, I came across many MANY people and businesses who have encountered the same problems with PayPal and their customer service…many even more severe than my situation. So do yourself a favor and do the research. Find a company that will fit your needs and that you feel will keep your finances safe. After all, it is your business we’re talking about here. And if PayPal is the company that works best for you, by all means continue using their services. I felt it necessary to share my experience with my fellow handmade/small business owner friends.
Are you a handmade shop/small business owner? What company do you prefer while doing your online transactions/business? I’d love to hear your opinions! And if you have experience with any of the companies listed above, let us know your thoughts and opinions!
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