Originally Posted by tanyapetrena
Just need to know how to do it safely if possible.
You have to use the email associated with the account and your password to log into the account. Just keep the password safe and you will have no problem. Even change it every once in a while to be extra cautious.
Depending on what type of account you have, there is a function to issue an invoice (either plain Jane or detailed). You need the person who you wish to invoice's email address. So if this is available to you:
- Log into your account.
- In the top bar there is a tab called Create an invoice, click it.
- Once you are in the invoicing screen you have the choice of Request Money or at the top under the main tabbed menu there is Create a detailed invoice.
- Fill out the request/invoice and the person's email address.
- Send them the invoice.
The recipient has the choice to pay the invoice via credit card, cheque or from their PayPal account. You will get an email from PayPal that the person has sent you money when they pay the bill.
If paid by credit card, PayPal processes the card for you.
If paid by cheque, PayPal will let you know this and advise against releasing the merchandise before they email you again that it has cleared. 4-7 business days.
If paid by their PayPal account the money is transfered to your account right away.
As far as getting stung goes, if you are wary of the person then just don't do business with them in the first place would be my #1 choice. You could also request a non refundable deposit (make sure non refundable is clear) before work is started so you don't loose a big bunch of money on a large job.
The only other way you might get stung is if you assumed everything went well with the transaction, were paid in full and then they lodge a complaint with PayPal. So maybe keep a small balance in your account or wait a bit to withdraw the money.
Information at PayPal.com (not sure if there are differences in UK)
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