How to Use PayPal

PayPal™ is an online payment processing company widely used on the Internet to facilitate sales transactions, including credit card payments.

PayPal is a commonly accepted method of payment with Homeschool Trader sellers. As a seller you might choose to use PayPal to securely process your transaction with a buyer.

As a buyer, generally, you need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, but you may be able to pay using your card through PayPal without having a PayPal account.

For more information or to learn how to use Paypal, check out PayPal’s Help Center or contact PayPal directly.

How do I open a PayPal account?

To get started with PayPal, you will need to go to and register. You can sign up for a Personal account or if you think you might be selling a lot you can sign up for a Premier or Business account. Personal accounts are subject to receiving limits every month and cannot accept payments from buyers that are funded by a credit card (in other words, they don’t have a PayPal account). There are only slight differences between Premier and Business PayPal accounts.

Here is a table explaining the differences between Personal, Premier, and Business PayPal accounts:

Personal Account  Premier Account  Business Account
Registration Steps Collection of personal information Collection of personal information Collection of personal and business information
Limits on Payment Receiving Limit varies but is typically $500 per month  No set limit  No set limit
Payment Types Accepted PayPal and bank transfers PayPal, bank transfers and credit cards PayPal, bank transfers and credit cards

How do I invoice my buyer directly?

You’ll need to gather some information for the PayPal invoice.

  • buyer’s email address
  • quantity of item(s)
  • item title or short description
  • price of the item
  • cost of shipping

Here’s how to create an invoice in PayPal for your transaction:

  1. Go to and login to your account.
  2. Click the “Request Money” tab.
  3. Click “Create Invoice” in the header.
  4. On this page, you will enter in all the details of the transaction, as noted above. For “Invoice Type,” select “Goods.” Press “Continue” when you’ve got all the info entered. (see the screenshot below)
  5. Review the Invoice. Make sure everything is accurate, then press “Send Invoice.”
  6. You can save a template of the invoice you just sent if you think it will be a common transaction.

An email will be sent to your customer with all the details and a link back to PayPal to complete the payment. Remember, never send the item until you have confirmed payment was received.

Please keep in mind that Homeschool Trader is not involved in any part of the transaction process and cannot assist with resolving any issues that may occur with a transaction.

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