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How to Save Money with PayPal
By: Albin Dittli
PayPal offers two types of accounts. The first is the “Personal Account” and the second is the “Premier/Business Account”. With both types of accounts you can do certain things for free. These free activities are open an account, send money, withdraw funds to U.S. Banks, and add funds.
With both types there are fees for withdrawing funds for non U.S. banks and rate conversion fees.
The big difference is with receiving funds. PayPal charges Premier and Business accounts to receive payments. Personal accounts are free, but may not receive credit card payments.
The business account fees to receive funds can be as high as 2.9% of the transaction plus an additional $.30 per transactions. This can be very expensive, especially on smaller amounts.
The main reason you would set up a business account is so that you can accept credit cards. You are probably only accepting credit cards if you are running some type of business.
However, with a business account you are charged fees when you receive money, even when it is just a transfer from another U.S. PayPal account. This type of transfer would be free in a personal account.
If you run a business you have little choice but to have a business account. However, there is nothing to prevent you from also having a personal account.
If you run a business and also belong to a program where you will be receiving commissions then you should open two PayPal accounts. Open a business account for your business. Open a free personal account for all of the affiliate and network marketing programs that you are in.
If you do not run your own business then you should only open a free personal account.
If you use your business account for your affiliate and network marketing programs then you will be charged fees on the commissions that you receive. By running these programs through your free personal account you are not charged the fees. Over a period of time this could save you a lot of money.