Linkswitch! PayPal Alternatives & Extra Goodies
Cara Williams’ post on the dangers of accepting credit card payments with PayPal struck a note with a lot of people. I thought it would be worth introducing some PayPal alternatives/back-up options, in addition to one tip that will do a lot to keep you safe: think of PayPal as a transit account, not a savings account.
Amounts over $150 can be transferred to your bank account free of charge, so wait until your account hits the tipping point, then empty it. Keep money in there a little longer if you know you’re going to buy something soon, but once the money is safely in the bank, PayPal no longer exercises any control over it.
And now, for your back-up plan:
Google Checkout — a popular PayPal alternative but only available to U.S. based freelancers at the moment.
Neteller — an oft-mentioned PayPal alternative.
Moneybookers — a money-transfer service targeting Europe.
iKobo — interesting and popular alternative where payment is delivered through a Visa pre-paid card.
If you’ve found a great PayPal alternative, let us know about it!
Shane Pearlman is offering FSw readers exclusive invites to the beta version of Sproutwire, a content aggregating service for small business. Here’s your top secret invite. For those who want a little more information, Shane says: “We put together Sproutwire because we want good small business content vetted by people we trust (not the 10,000 angry teens on digg). We collect and post digestible reviews of small business content from the best blogs, newspapers, ebooks, presentation slides, journals, audio & video, newsletters, and anything else that we think will help you be better at what you do and live a happier life. Our goal is to keep it fresh, smart and personal.”
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