One of the benefits of using PayPal to accept payments for your packages is that so many of your prospective clients use it and are familiar with it. You also don’t have the complications associated with some of the other merchant accounts available to small business owners, and the high fees those companies tend to charge. Your clients don’t need a PayPal account to pay you, and they are free to choose many different ways to pay you. That’s why it’s a popular choice among JigsawBox users, especially when you’re just getting started. Here’s a quick look at how you can use PayPal with your JigsawBox:
It’s easy to integrate your JigsawBox account with PayPal to get paid for all of those great packages you’re going to create and make available to clients. You cannot use a personal account. You need a business account, but the good news is that it’s free. Here’s how it works:
1. Log in to PayPal and click Profile
2. Click API Access from the Profile menu
3. Click Request API Credentials
4. Check Request API signature and click Agree and Submit
5. To complete the process, click Done
6. Make a note of the API username, API password, and signature
7. Enter the information in the relevant fields in My Account in your JigsawBox
You never have to enter your PayPal password in JigsawBox, only the special password that you get called the API password.
One of the best ways to accept payments from your clients is to use a PayPal “Buy Now” button. The button makes it clear where you want clients to make a purchase. Your buttons can say “Buy Now” or “Subscribe” You don’t need to know anything about HTML coding to get this done. You can create the buttons right in PayPal and have it link directly to your JigsawBox packages using these steps:
1. Create a PayPal button in Paypal using the wizard they provide. You can find it by going to My Profile, then to My Selling Tools and finally to Create PayPal payment buttons.
2. Save the PayPal button you create.
3. Click the Client Link for the package in your JigsawBox.
4. Highlight and copy the URL link and paste it in Word or leave the window up until you need it for the next step
5. Log in to your PayPal account.
6. Click My Account, and then click Profile at the top of the page.
7. Click My saved buttons in the Selling Preferences column.
8. Select the button you want to edit, and then click Edit from the Action menu.
9. Change the PayPal button by inserting the Client Link, and then click Recreate.
10. Click Select Code to select the button code.
11. Copy and paste the button code in to your own web page code.
12. Click the Buy now button to test the link
The button should take you to your registration page where clients can sign up for your package and enter their payment details.
If you’ve been using PayPal with your JigsawBox, I’d love to hear how it’s working (or not working) for you. What are some of the tips and tricks that you’ve uncovered using PayPal this way?