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10 Best Alternatives To PayPal For Online Payment That Will Make Your Life Easier

10 Best Alternatives To PayPal For Online Payment That Will Make Your Life Easier

PayPal has become somewhat of a standard when it comes to online payments and is very widespread. It’s not that it is the cheapest or even the best online payment option out there, it’s that people have gotten used to it and aren’t really aware of the alternatives. You might be wondering why you shouldn’t just stick with what you know and go for PayPal, after all it’s what nearly everyone uses. The main reasons for looking at alternatives would be competitive pricing and ease of use, although numerous reports have also been made against PayPal’s questionable business practices.

Another point against it is that not everyone from around the world can use it, which cuts you off from several different markets, but some of the other payment systems share this problem, although they run a much tighter ship. Running a successful eCommerce website with plenty of traffic will require a good amount of resources and hard work, so you want to make sure that the customer satisfaction is high and that all transactions go as smoothly as possible. At the same time, you may need an effective way to send and receive money internationally. To accomplish these things, you may want to check these alternative of online payment methods that have proven to be consistent with the quality of their service.

1. Skrill

Skrill

    Formerly known as Moneybookers, Skrill provides you with an online account that is fairly quick to set up and easy to use. You can send money to other users and receive payments, buy items online and they send you a prepaid debit card which you can use for payments stores or ATM withdrawals.

    The good

    • It’s fast and easy to set up an account
    • You can use it anywhere in the world
    • Works with a number of major currencies
    • Has a reasonable flat fee for transfers (1% and limited to 10 euros max)
    • It’s fairly secure

    The bad

    • Stringent fraud prevention policies can cause problems like freezing accounts
    • Poor customer service which makes it difficult to resolve problems quickly

    As long as you aren’t one of the few unlucky people who experience a problem and have to deal with their lacklustre customer service, Skrill is a great online and offline payment method.

    2. Payoneer

    Payoneer

      Much like Skrill, Payoneer provides you with an online account and a PrepaidMaster card with a fixed activation fee. You can load money onto your account, receive and send payments as well as shop online and in any store that accepts major credit cards and withdraw cash form ATM’s.

      The good

      • Quick and easy account set up
      • Seamless and straightforward transactions
      • Can be used around the globe
      • Is supported by major freelance platforms like oDesk

      The bad

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      • High fixed account maintenance and ATM withdrawal rates
      • Fees involved in bank account transfers unlike similar services where this is free
      • Hit and miss customer service

      Overall it is a fairly reliable payment system that can be used in any country in the world, but you will need to come to terms with relatively steep rates when compared with similar options.

      3. Dwolla

      Dwolla

        Dwolla is a very secure, quick and cheap way to make or receive payments online directly through your checking account. With free transactions bellow $10 and only 25 cents for any amount above it is definitely one of the most cost-effective platforms, although it does require both parties to have a Dwolla account.

        The good

        • Very low transaction fee of $0.25
        • Allows sender to assume transaction fee
        • Easy to use
        • Instant cash transfer

        The bad

        • Both parties need to have a Dwolla account to make payments
        • The service is only available in the US

        If you live in the US this is definitely one of the cheapest and fastest ways to send money, as long as you can convince others to sign up for an account.

        4. Google Wallet

        Google Wallet

          As far as storing all your debit and credit cards for quick and easy use goes, Google Wallet has proven to be a great option for many people. It is essentially an online wallet that contains your different cards, and it also has a card that you can use for in-store purchases.

          The good

          • Very safe and secure
          • Make payments from your smartphone
          • Easy to receive and send money

          The bad

          • Only available in the US
          • Sending money and topping off your balance from your credit card carries a 2.9% fee

          It is a very good payment solution, but it is limited to the US market.

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          5. Amazon Payments

          Amazon Payments

            With a good amount of functionality and a very simple checkout process, Amazon Payments is high up there as far as online payment solutions go. You don’t have to worry about fees up to a certain point and the transactions are fairly quick.

            The good

            • Send and receive up to $1000 monthly without any fees
            • Very reasonable transaction fees 2.9% +$0.30
            • Decent security and protection

            The bad

            • You need a US social security number to use the service

            Amazon Payments is a good and user-friendly service, but unfortunately limited to US users.

            6. Braintree

            Braintree

              Primarily geared towards online store owners and merchants, Braintree is a merchant account provider with a flat transaction fee and some useful options for improved customer satisfaction, e.g. multiple languages. You can integrate it into your website with a bit of programming skill and gain access to a fast and effective checkout option. It was purchased by PayPall and is available in most countries around the globe, supporting a great number of currencies.

              The good

              • Straightforward and reasonable pricing
              • Good customer support
              • A big list of useful features

              The bad

              • Requires merchant account
              • It takes some programming skill to implement

              Braintree is a very good choice for eCommerce websites if you are willing to put in a little work.

              7. Clickbank

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              Clickbank

                Clickbank allows an easy setup and fast transactions when it comes to selling digital content online. You get a good marketing platform with access to affiliates, so you can sell your digital content with ease.

                The good

                • Great for artists with talent, but no real online business skills
                • Reasonable flat start-up fee and 7% fee on all your sales
                • They take care of everything for you, allowing you to focus on your work

                The bad

                • It’s only really good for people looking to sell digital content online

                This is a good deal if you’re looking to sell digital content without too much hassle, but not a very versatile service otherwise.

                8. Selz

                Selz store

                  This is another quick and easy way of selling products online, especially for blogs and websites that don’t need to sell all that many items. Selz can be installed in a matter of minutes and is incredibly user friendly, allowing Visa and Master Card payments.

                  The good

                  • Users don’t leave the products page when buying
                  • Fast automated digital content delivery
                  • Easy to install “buy now” button
                  • Decent flat transaction fees of 5% +$0.25
                  • Users can sell from blog or social media pages

                  The bad

                  • Not really suited for a robust eCommerce website
                  • Limited payment options
                  • Limited shipping options for non-digital content

                  It is very simple and quick, but it is only really suitable for fairly small businesses, bloggers and artists looking for an easy solution to sell their work from their website or social media platform.

                  9. Stripe

                  Stripe

                    With Stripe you can accept payments from customers through use of a buy button that allows the transaction to happen on the same page, much like with Selz. There is a flat transaction rate of 2.9% + 30 cents and it is integrated with the most popular shopping cart options.

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                    The good

                    • Automatically deposits to an outside bank
                    • Accept payments from all over the world
                    • Mobile payments

                    The bad

                    • Will have to wait for a week after a transaction to collect your funds
                    • Requires some programming skills
                    • Only available for merchants in US, Canada, UK, Australia and Ireland

                    This is a good choice and well-priced option for those based in a few selected countries, with a bit of programing skills or a WordPress website where available plugins make integration a bit easier.

                    10. Payza

                    Payza

                      Online purchases, sending and receiving cash and sending out invoices are a breeze with Payza, formerly known as AlertPay. The service is geared towards both private users and companies, and has shopping carts and buy buttons that can be integrated with a website.

                      The good

                      • Receive money from around the world in a variety of currencies
                      • Offers shopping cart integration
                      • Good security
                      • Reasonable fees that wary from country to country
                      • Online and offline purchases with prepaid credit card

                      The bad

                      • A lot of people experience processing and verification issues
                      • Not the best customer support service

                      Payza is a decent option overall, with some good functionality, but there are still some problems here and there, and their support isn’t all that great.

                      All in all, there are quite a few good online payment options that give PayPal a run for its money. Whether you are a freelancer looking to receive payments, a blogger looking to monetize their blog or an online store owner who want to give visitors a good PayPal alternative, you will find these to be some great options.

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                      Published on September 17, 2018

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                      Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                      With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                      So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                      1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                      It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                      You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                      So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                      2. When you want something big, wait

                      Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                      It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                      We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                      A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                      So, you get the itch.

                      You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                      Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                      Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                      Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                      It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                      The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                      3. Live smaller than you can afford

                      You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                      You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                      That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                      Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                      Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                      The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                      But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                      4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                      Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                      But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                      Create a grocery budget

                      Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                      Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                      I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                      Make a list… and never deviate

                      Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                      You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                      These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                      Eat before going grocery shopping

                      It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                      If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                      After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                      Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                      However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                      This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                      5. Cancel your gym membership

                      Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                      The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                      Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                      I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                      Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                      Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                      For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                      Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                      There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                      It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                      I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                      Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                      The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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