PAY PAL! Yippppeeee …that was easy.
Stop rubbing salt into my wounds – there is no PayPal in Pakistan!
Yep, if you are a VA working from Pakistan you have to start thinking about how you are going to get paid for your work. PayPal is what most clients prefer but unfortunately they don’t offer their service in Pakistan. Last time I checked it had something to do with the tax laws in our dear ol’ country.
Clients want the easiest most convenient way to work with you. That’s the whole point of hiring a VA – picking up a BB or iPhone or HTC (seriously, who buys an HTC or any other smartphone if they can afford an iPhone??) and telling the VA what to do and knowing it would get done. The same applies to payments – picking up the smartphone, connecting to the Internet and paying you.
I have lost a lot of clients because they can’t pay via PayPal but over time I have figured out a way to go around it. First it was MoneyBookers. I heard about them during my oDesk days. According to the website, Moneybookers is a tool that allows you to safely send and receive money via email – instantly. You can send money from your credit/debit card, transfer money to and from your bank account. Use Moneybookers whenever you need to send money to someone (settle a debt with a friend, pay for online purchase/auctions…) or when someone needs to send money to you. What’s the catch? The client has to be a registered member to use it and most big clients don’t want to bother with setting up an account on a website they haven’t heard of before for you.
This brings me to Payoneer. I am not even gonna bother writing about it because they have also stopped their services in Pakistan. Hurray – happy times! Grrrr … ^%&*^. If you want to read about them, just Google them.
Western Union works wonderfully except their fee for wiring the money varies from country to country and even state to state. Plus, you have to actually go their offices to send the money. So, again too much hassle. They do have a web-based option but that asks for your debit card number and sometimes clients may not have debit cards so again you are screwed!
If you are in a country that PayPal does not support than your only choice would be a simple, old wire transfer. Yep – you give your AC # and your bank’s swift code to your client and she’ll just wire you the amount. It typically costs about $20 to send a wire from the US so you might want to set a minimum number of hours that clients can purchase. I have about 5 clients with pending invoices and the reason why I can’t invoice them is because they owe me less than $35 each and I am still hoping they’ll want more work done so I can bill them.
That’s all, Folks! Plus, considering it took me so long to write this post, all 5 of you (yes, my blog has 5 readers!!) are advised not to hold your breath for the next one. Ciao. 😀