If you are you an entrepreneur, blogger, YouTuber freelancer or someone who does business online, the first question on your mind always is how to get work! And when you have got your business rolling the second big thought is – how to get that international client? How do I get paid from international clients? How do I grow my business and reach my international customers? I had these questions too. Fortunately, the answer is simple. Create a PayPal account and see your work go borderless.

With the rise in number of Freelancers in India, PayPal, the online payment service, is becoming the financial backbone for them. Let’s see why PayPal is essential for freelancers in India.

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How does PayPal help Freelancers in India?

I am a freelance content developer and graphic designer and I work with clients in India and abroad. I also sell my design work on various websites. If you’re a freelancer and are dealing with international clients, you would have the question of receiving global payments in your local account. My questions were answered when I made my PayPal account, ever since then, I never had to look back, and my payments became a lot more seamless.

PayPal is an online payment service that allows individuals and businesses to transfer funds electronically. For freelancers in India, you can receive money on your PayPal account very easily from places like Australia, Europe, US and pretty much most places around the globe where Indians love to showcase their freelancing skills… With a PayPal account, you can simply share your PayPal id (which is basically the email id that you registered with at PayPal) with your client to receive payment. The payment will then get credited to your linked local bank account in the local Indian currency. The process is easy and quick.

Why is PayPal the financial backbone for freelancers in India? And a little bit of Personal Experience

For Freelance Service Related Work:

Any website that you join for sourcing freelancing work like Freelancer, Upwork, 99Designs, Fivver will request you to link your PayPal email id to receive payments. PayPal is a very popular payment gateway globally and has over 200 million active accounts. Some of these websites pay you only through PayPal. I remember when I was creating my profile on UpWork, I had to fill out the PayPal email for payments. That’s when I made my account. If you are starting out as a freelancer, make sure you have a PayPal account since most of your customers may want to pay you through PayPal.

For Selling Products

If you are a freelancer who sells a product through your own website – like designs, ebooks, or have an online shop, you can add PayPal payment gateway in your website, with your PayPal business account so that you can receive payment from international customers.


Payment Limit

Any PayPal account holder can receive up to 10,000$ per transaction from International clients, which is a great payment cap.

How do you get the dollars in INR?

Once you’ve received payment in your PayPal account, it automatically transfers the money to your linked account in local currency.  I love the fact that everything on PayPal is automated. There’s no need for you to manually transfer your money from PayPal to your bank account. In other words, zero headaches. You can invest more time in your creativity than do clerical operations. You can even raise a professional invoice to your customers across the globe, and also customize the templates as per your choice. Now seal the deal successfully with your global clients.

Seller Protection Policy

The PayPal Seller Protection Policy covers protection on intangible things as well – even if you are selling digital products. If your transaction goes wrong, or someone falsely claims money back stating they have not received the service, PayPal notifies the seller and all you, as a seller need to do is provide the client’s download link – which is a proof that the client has got service. PayPal then contests this false claim on your behalf and protects the freelancer.

Get Paid Faster with PayPal.Me- Your personalized payment link

One of the best ways to get paid faster is to use the PayPal.Me feature. This is your personalized link that you can send to anyone for quicker payments. This method does not entail the use of an invoice. Register on the site PayPal.me and grab your name or your business name and your link will appear as PayPal.me/YourName e.g PayPal.me/Twinklingtina and you can share this link easily with your clients over social media or any other medium. Your client needs to only click on the link and they are redirected to the payment page. PayPal.Me is a great way for you to give a unique identity to your business and what can be better than getting paid with the click of a link?

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What do you need to use PayPal?

I’ve found PayPal useful in reaching my international clients and for shopping from global sites. I know for a fact that if there is any trouble with the products I’ve purchased, PayPal’s Buyer Protection Policy will help me out. So as a freelancer, I get paid for my assignments on PayPal and I can also use it as a customer to buy stuff from global sites.

And just as we speak, PayPal has launched its India services as well.So I can now book movie tickets at BookMyShow or say plan a holiday online at a MakeMyTrip or Yatra.

PayPal has always gone beyond payments. It has created experiences with its services for merchants, consumers, and freelancers. If you’re a freelancer, there’s more good news coming your way. With, its latest #EarnMoreWithPayPal campaign for freelancers you can earn up to 1500 INR on receiving payments using PayPal. It not only opens the freelancer community to more work opportunities but helps them realize a remarkable growth curve that is encouraging for this one-man army.


21 Comments on Why PayPal is essential for freelancers in India 

  1. jhilmil
    January 10, 2018 at 4:45 am (1 year ago)

    So true, paypal is must if you are an influencer and also deal with international clients. It is the easiest pay for receiving money.

  2. Aditya
    January 10, 2018 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

    Did not knew paypal could do that. But just want to know, how can a personal blogger can use this? I am not here to sell anything, I just want earn traffic and earn on those traffic etc. Would be helpful, if you can reply.

  3. Abhinav Singh
    January 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I deal with many international clients. That’s why I had a profile on Pay pal years ago.

  4. Moumita Sen
    January 10, 2018 at 1:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Pay Pal account has become a need of the hour for freelancers. A detailed post with all the advantages penned down is truly enlightening.

  5. Preeti
    January 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm (1 year ago)

    PayPal is indeed becoming a great platform for International transactions.

  6. Vishwajeet Kumar
    January 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello Tina,

    Great Post. PayPal is really one of the best and reliable payment processor for freelancers and bloggers in India. I am using PayPal for more than 6 years and never had any issues with them. Whether it’s paying the domain and hosting fees or purchasing anything online PayPal works great for me. Thanks for sharing this detailed post.

    Have a Great Day 🙂

  7. Shruti Shankar
    January 15, 2018 at 2:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I haven’t tried PayPal yet, although I did register with it. I am yet to learn how things work with PayPal. Thanks for the detailed product info.

  8. Geethica Mehra
    January 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm (1 year ago)

    PayPal is surely working great for Indian freelancers too. With its new earning opportunities, work is really becoming fruitful. And receiving payments have been made easier with just a click.
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  9. Richa Singh
    January 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm (1 year ago)

    True – PayPal is essential for freelancers and self-employed who are looking for hassle free experiences. With so much to offer, one cannot say No to this!

  10. Samarpita M
    February 6, 2018 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

    Loved how detailed the post is and can imagine how easy it must be for newbies to understand how fantastic PayPal is!

  11. Modern Gypsy
    February 6, 2018 at 9:25 pm (1 year ago)

    PayPal is the best payment gateway out there weather you’re a blogger, influencer, service provider, or sell products. And as a consumer too, PayPal makes international transactions hassle free and tension free.
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  12. Malhar Barai
    February 13, 2018 at 11:03 pm (1 year ago)

    So agree to this post. Paypal has been a great help to many freelancers like us and helped spread our work across geographical boundaries. The payment system is a breeze

  13. Ruby Singh
    February 16, 2018 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

    Paypal’s easiness of usage has helped more and more freelancers in grabbing great global projects.

  14. Mansi Goel
    February 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow! I didn’t know we could use PayPal for booking movie tickets in India!! I’m gonna try it right away to watch Black Panther.

  15. shikhar
    May 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm (11 months ago)

    hey tina,

    great article!

    i am also a freelancer with paypal personal account.i work mainly on upwork and fiverr.

    i have not registered for GST as i am no where near 20 lakhs per annum limit.

    i have recently started getting clients outside of fiverr and upwork. can i recieve payments from them on my personal paypal account? how much money can i recieve in my personal account?

    also, do you think i should register for a business account?

    • tinabasu
      May 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm (11 months ago)

      yes you can receive on personal account, no prob. DM me on Twitter if u need help. @twinklingtina

  16. Elizabeth Smithwick
    October 26, 2018 at 9:29 am (5 months ago)

    PayPal is very important and also the most common form of payment freelancers receive.

  17. Saifur Rahman
    November 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm (4 months ago)

    I agree with you.
    Without PayPal in India.
    Anyone won’t be able to withdraw money from Fiverr, Freelancer and etc.


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