JigsawBox Tip: How to Use PayPal with Your JigsawBox

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:

PayPal Integration

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.


PayPal Buttons

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 can create the buttons right in PayPal and have it link directly to your JigsawBox packages using these steps.

To use Integrated PayPal:

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 Save Changes and Select Code to select the button code.

4. Paste the code into your HTML area of your sales page/website.  Remove the start of the code ‘<form action=”https://www.paypal.com…method=”post” target=”_top”>

5. Switch away from HTML mode, highlight the button, then hyperlink your Client Registration to the button (example: https://www.jigsawbox.com/signup/test-package/1234/56789)

6. Save!

To use PayPal as an EXTERNAL shopping cart:

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. In step 3, enter your Client Registration link (example: https://www.jigsawbox.com/signup/test-package/1234/56789) into the Redirect URL ‘Take customers to this URL when they cancel their checkout’

5. Click Save Changes and Select Code to select the button code.

6. Copy and paste the button code in to your own web page code.

7. 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?

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  • Caroline Cooper - March 4, 2011

    I find as a payment method PayPal makes things so easy. I am often put off making a purchase if I see no PayPal option, as I know I’m going to have the hassle of getting out my credit card. It’s one less barrier for our clients.

    However, I’ve had a couple of instances recently where prospective clients have said that PayPal does not list their country so they can’t make a payment. To see which countries might not accept PayPal go to the PayPal home page, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you’ll see a list of countries. Click on more, then enter the country you want to check, and it will give you all the options for that country. If the country is not listed there PayPal cannot be used as a payment method (more’s the pity as I lost a potential client recently as a result, although he has now signed up with a guy in Australia for whom I am an affiliate, so didn’t lose out altogether). These restrictions are normally down to the government of the country, not PayPal.

  • Nicola - March 4, 2011

    Caroline, don’t forget you can set up a new package for a customer who can’t use PayPal, price it as zero and take the payment offline by sending an invoice too!

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