5 Reasons Why Every Blogger Should Accept Online Payments

It’s a digital age, and one of the great things about being a blogger is that not only can we do our work online, but we can also accept online payment for our work!

Some of us might be more traditional and like the feeling of that cold, hard check in hand, or the sight of the check arriving in the depths of a pile of mail, but we’re going to give you five reasons why a change in that perspective will be well worthwhile.

Receive payments immediately

Because the US Postal Service is moving slower these days due to cutbacks and lesser staff, a check mailed from the East Coast to the West Coast, for example, could take over a week.

Receive your payment immediately with the acceptance of online payments. You can even offer to accept a credit card for one-off transactions. Just be sure to find a great credit card merchant service who doesn’t charge exorbitantly high transaction fees.

Don’t ever go to the bank again

One of the joys of being a blogger is that in most cases, it allows you to work from home. Accepting online payments makes life so much easier by enabling you never to have to set foot at a bank or ATM for deposits again. Avoid the lines, hassles, and wasted time that a banking experience tends to afford.

Save a tree

This one’s easy. It’s a lot better for the environment not to be printing out checks and using an envelope to mail them in. Additionally, the US Postal Service impacts the environment in its travels to get that check to you. So be kind to the earth and accept payment for your work online.

Live up to or enhance your reputation for being tech-savvy

You’re a blogger–your world exists online as far as your employer is concerned. To request that you be sent hard checks to compensate your online work runs quite contrary to your tech-savvy identity.

Privacy

If you don’t want to give out your mailing address or other personal information, acceptance of online payments is a great way to keep your blogging cave address private. Generally all you will need to supply in the case of online payments is an email address in the case of PayPal, and in a worst case situation, your bank account information if you are on a repeat payment plan with a customer. You’ll need to supply nothing if you use a credit card merchant service and accept credit card payments.

[Editor's note:  If you set up a Paypal business account, you can apply for a Debit card - your money is available as soon as your payment comes through and you can use it to make purchases anywhere that accepts Mastercard.  You can even make withdrawals from any ATM.]

In short, it seems silly (and inconsistent with your online identity) for a blogger not to accept online payments for their online work. It’s a hassle to have to deposit hard checks in the bank, it’s not great for the environment, it takes more time for receipt of payments, and it doesn’t afford the level of privacy you might prefer.

In addition, it is probably far more convenient for your customer to handle the payment process online. You can never go wrong in making things easier for your customer.

About katrinarobinson

Katrina Robinson is a freelance writer and editor who covers a wide variety of topics ranging from online reputation management on behalf of Reputation.com to best blogging practices. You can connect with her at https://www.facebook.com/calliopewriting or on Twitter @katrinarobin

Comments

  1. Hi, I totally agree with you., Paypal rocks all time for instant payments ., :)
    thank you.

  2. The first point really hooked me. Not having to go to banks and stand in lines can be a really huge blessing. Thanks Katrina for reminding me these benefits once again.

  3. I don’t do online payments because I’m affraid of scammers.. :)

  4. So glad you all liked the post! I find that online payments are a must when you’re in the freelance industry.

  5. I like the online payment method for sure, but I prefer cash so I am not cutting into my profits with transaction fees.

  6. Yeah it’s crazy how much things have changed.

    I was in Home Depot recently and noticed a sign saying that you could buy stuff there with PayPal.

    I have to do a follow up post where I use virtual money to buy real materials.

  7. Getting paid online is one of the most convenient…even if one wants to get a cheque, they can opt for echeque from websites like paypal. It saves a lot of time for both the parties involved…

  8. i’ve never imagined that we can save trees by doing this. this is really a great thing. and yes its good in many ways. we can get money within some time and we dont have to go to bank..thanks for this awesome post

  9. Hi Katrina,

    Really awesome points in support of online payment. I like online payment because it’s instant and save lot of time and preserve our environment.

  10. I’m little afraid of Online Payment, there is some kind of inner feeling comes that internet network may crash down during the payment process lol. You have provided a good post, thanks for sharing.

  11. chetan kambli says:

    One of the best thing about online payment is the convenience of making payment to other services or freelancers, its easy for us to make payments online instantly as a blogger to the service we need. It saves lot of time which we can put into writing or promoting blog.

  12. Online payments are the best way to accept money. It’s very easy for lazy people like me, to make payments. So I would prefer online payments.

  13. I receive my monthly payment for Adsense from Google via checks only. Neither they have any facility to drop the money directly into the bank account nor they can transfer it through Paypal. With so much advancement in technology, they are still sticking to old traditional ways of delivering money. I just wonder how many trees are cut down to print those cheques every month.

  14. Glad you all liked the post! I definitely prefer online payments both as the consumer and the provider of services. It’s just so convenient!

  15. Hello, This is great idea to get money online . You mentioned all the benefits and doubts very clearly. Thanks and keep share your ideas.

  16. Thanks for sharing useful information, This post is definitely helpful for every bloggers.

  17. Its about making money online and receiving online as well…plain and simple. About saving tree, it does play a huge part but again internet pollution is getting big..

    Just make sure the site you do your transaction is trusted and secure with proper encryption certified. Thank you!

  18. Absolutely Right! This information is so beneficial to the bloggers. It think it does make blogger’s life easier. And that it also does help save a tree. I think online payments nowadays are being used. This post can surely encourage those bloggers to use online payments. Thank you for the information.

  19. There is no doubt about that, accept online payments is very necessary not only for blogger but all the person who work in online. You mention a nice point in you article. Thanks for this.

  20. what i think online payment reduced blogger’s tension like they will get the payment for work or not.

  21. thanks but i`ll never do online payments only face to face
    thank you anyway

  22. Hi Katrina – Couldn’t agree more with you on this one.
    Apart from the obvious environmental factors of accepting online payments, it is convenient, instant and generally having a 3rd party carrier such as PayPal can help to protect both parties.
    The question is, can we take it one step further? especially with mobility being a key theme in 2013, perhaps instant payments direct to your bank account (bypassing PayPal)

  23. I totally agree with the Author!
    It is better to accept online payments rather than offline payments. It saves a lot of time and it avoids strain of going to bank to make transactions.

  24. The main problem ive found with the payment services is the charges they have. My web host used to use worldpay, but had to remove them when they jacked up their rates too high. Now I send a cheque through the post.

  25. Its really best to have payment credited to your personal bank account. Just have a separate bank account just for receive online payments. Encashing paypal payment may cost you more in surcharges.

  26. Paypal is still the fastest way, i wish there where other thou…

  27. Accepting online payments will make it easy to grow our business and its very easy. There’s no need for going to bank.

  28. Hi! Thanks for sharring this great post! PayPal is one of the most popular payment systems in the world.

  29. I definitely agree with your list. Not accepting online payments doesn’t exactly give the “I’m a tech savvy blogger hire me” message you’re looking for. PayPal is the way to go, at least in my experience. I fully understand the privacy aspect of it. Call me paranoid if you will, but I like keeping the location of my “blogging cave” on a need to know basis.

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