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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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                      Ivan Dimitrijevic

                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      Published on May 7, 2019

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

                      When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

                      Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

                      Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

                      You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

                      Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

                      1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

                      Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

                      But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

                      • Will you spend more time with your family?
                      • What does retirement mean to you?
                      • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

                      Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

                      Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

                      2. Figure out When to Invest

                      “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

                      It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

                      The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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                      A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

                      Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

                      3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

                      Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

                      Why?

                      Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

                      Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

                      Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

                      Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

                      4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

                      Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

                      If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

                      You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

                      1. Vanguard
                      2. TD Ameritrade
                      3. Charles Schwab

                      5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

                      Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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                      Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

                      That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

                      Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

                      A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

                      6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

                      The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

                      Robo Advisors

                      Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

                      Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

                      Bonds

                      Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

                      Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

                      Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

                      1. Treasury bonds
                      2. Government bonds
                      3. Corporate bonds
                      4. Foreign bonds
                      5. Mortgage-backed bonds
                      6. Municipal bonds

                      Mutual Funds

                      Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

                      One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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                      Real Estate

                      Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

                      Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

                      This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

                      But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

                      Savings Accounts

                      Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

                      7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

                      Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

                      So how can you master delayed gratification?

                      By building your discipline.

                      Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

                      Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

                      8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

                      I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

                      It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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                      More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

                      But, how can you invest yourself?

                      Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

                      Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

                      But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

                      Retire Happy with Excess Money

                      The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

                      It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

                      I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

                      Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

                      One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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