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Setting Up a PayPal Business Account: An Intro

Many companies sell their goods and services both online and in person. PayPal offers a business account that makes managing all customer payments easy, whether they’re from a credit card, PayPal account or another source. Consider the benefits and disadvantages of a PayPal business account, learn how to set one up and review frequently asked questions as you decide whether a PayPal business account is right for your company. 


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What is a PayPal business account?

PayPal is an online payment processing company that facilitates financial transactions from consumers to other consumers (C2C), consumers to businesses (C2B) and businesses to businesses (B2B) . Companies can set up PayPal business accounts to manage the sale of their goods and services online, in person, over the phone or through other mediums. 

Related: How to Grow Your Business


Benefits of a PayPal business account

There are several benefits to using a PayPal business account, including: 

  • Accepting multiple payment methods like credit cards and mobile payment apps
  • Operating under your business’s name rather than your personal name
  • Simplifying check out for customers to improve conversion rates
  • Allowing customers to check out without PayPal accounts
  • Performing international transactions
  • Allowing recurring subscription payments
  • Offering financing options for customers
  • Providing individual sign-ins for employees to manage specific aspects of the account


Drawbacks of a PayPal business account

Before signing up for a PayPal business account, it’s important to consider the drawbacks:

  • Transaction fees can be high, especially on low-cost purchases
  • International transfer fees are pricey
  • PayPal often holds funds for 72 hours before you can access it
  • Chargeback fees are costly
  • PayPal can suspend your account with little notice, which freezes your account and any money you’ve not yet transferred to your bank account
  • You may need to rely on PayPal customer service in the case of any errors


How to set up a PayPal business account

Follow these steps to set up your PayPal business account:


1. Sign up

Begin by signing up on the PayPal business account page. You’ll see a button labeled "sign up" that will link to the next step. 


2. Enter a business email

Provide an appropriate email address to open the account. You’ll want this to be a company email that is checked by an employee who handles accounts receivable. 


3. Select the appropriate account

PayPal offers several types of accounts, so be sure to select "business" to receive all the associated benefits like multi-user access and merchant services. 


4. Create a username and password

Select a username and password to access your account after you finish the account setup process. 


5. Complete background information

PayPal will ask for some background information to complete your profile, like your business’s website, mailing address and phone number. 


6. Include your EIN

Provide your EIN or Employee Identification Number to verify that you’re a business. 


7. Confirm your identity

PayPal will send a confirmation email to the provided email address to ensure that you own it. From the email, you’ll be able to confirm your identity and begin using your PayPal business account. 


Frequently asked questions about PayPal business accounts

Consider the answers to these frequently asked questions about PayPal business accounts to help you decide if it’s right for your company. 


Is there a charge for a PayPal business account?

It doesn’t cost any money to set up a PayPal business account and begin using it. However, there are charges and fees associated with business account features. For example, when a customer makes a purchase,  PayPal charges you 2.9% of the payment you receive and $.30 per transaction


What is the difference between a PayPal business account and a personal account?

A PayPal account is intended for consumers wishing to make purchases through PayPal or send money to friends and family. PayPal business accounts, by contrast, have far more features, like the ability to accept payments from other sources, multi-login functionality and operating under the business’s identity rather than a personal name. 


What do I need for a PayPal business account?

To set up a PayPal business account, you’ll need the following information:

  • A company email address to use with the account
  • A username and password
  • Your company’s website, address and phone number
  • Your Employer Identification Number

Once you create your account, you can set up bank transfer information to move money from consumer purchases through PayPal to your company’s bank account. 


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