Set Up Payment System for Mom Blog Products and Services - dummies

Set Up Payment System for Mom Blog Products and Services

By Wendy Piersall, Heather B. Armstrong

Mom bloggers selling products and services need a way to collect payment, such as PayPal. The great part about working with an established online marketplace is that these sites have a built-in customer base — and they take care of all the sales transactions for you. If you only have a few products to sell, you can also use a service like PayPal to handle your online transactions.

For those of you who sell intangible products such as downloads, event tickets, or printables, E-junkie is a great additional service that can manage that process for you.

PayPal has grown to become the largest online payment provider with many different sophisticated products for all kinds of businesses. For bloggers selling a few items, such as e-books or patterns, here’s what PayPal can do for you:

  • One-time payments: You need only have a PayPal account for a customer to send you money. This is free to set up, and then PayPal charges a $0.30-transaction fee, plus 2.2 to 2.9 percent of the sale, depending on the amount. These payments are handled on the PayPal website. Customers can pay by credit card, bank transfer, or their own PayPal account balance.

  • Online invoicing: For the same fees, you can send out invoices to customers and accept credit-card and bank-transfer payments, even when your customers are not PayPal members.

  • Accept recurring payments: You can create subscription-based products and have your customers automatically pay via a PayPal recurring payment. To use this feature, your customers have to be PayPal members, though a professional upgrade is available that eliminates this requirement.

  • Add Buy Now buttons: Give your site a more professional look by adding Buy Now and Add to Cart buttons that allow site visitors to buy immediately from your blog.