Accepting payment from Warriors. Is this professional enough?

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Hello All,

I'm attempting to make my first money online by offering an article writing service, which I will officially launch in a few days.

I don't at the moment know how to add a PayPal purchase button on my free Blogger blog. Ultimately I'd like to automate the ordering process in this way, but I'd like to get started taking orders while I'm learning to automate.

Provided you were sent a free trial article which you found satisfactory, and wanted to do business with me, would you be willing to place orders to my regular Gmail address and make payment by manually visiting PayPal?

I picture potential customers who are happy with their free trial article, contacting me via email, telling me what they want, I respond with a guaranteed timeframe or turnaround time, and then they place their order on PayPal's website.

Would you do business with me in this way?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    Don't make it hard for people to do business with you.

    Give them a button to click. It is simple with PayPal--if you can not take a few minutes to learn how, then you look less than professional.

    Log in to your PayPal account and go to this page to create buttons:
    https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/we...merchant&nav=3
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Here is how I'd set up:

    1.Create the offer page.

    2. Go to paypal and create the item #'s. If you grab the email link, this can be used to click on (with a paypal button image) and direct the customer directly to paypal. It will charge for which ever service you set up. So you could do 1 article 500 words for 10 bucks, or 2 articles 500 words for 18 dollars, etc. Just create a button for each package.

    3. Copy the codes from paypal and put into the html on your blogger blog.

    Honestly, after you do the first one, the rest will be a snap and you can do it now (shouldn't take longer than half an hour to get your first button up)
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    • Profile picture of the author Sardent
      It's really easy to do.

      Go to the design/layout page of your blog.
      See a box that says "Add a Gadget". Click on it.
      A window will open giving many options of gadgets to add.
      Add the gadget called "HTML/JavaScript.
      In the title line of the box name it "1 Article Pkg" or something like that.
      Now go to Paypal and make a button for the price.
      Grab/copy the code.
      Paste the code in the larger box below the titleline.
      Click save.

      Now move the module around your design screen to where you want it.

      Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    You could institute the payment with a PayPal request for payment or a PayPal invoices based on the email order.

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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    I have ordered articles from writers who just ask me to send payment to their email address. It doesn't bother me, and I don't think it looks unprofessional. I'd quite happily do business with you in the way you described, Evan.

    For me, professionalism in a writer comes down to good writing, good spelling and meeting promised delivery deadlines.
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    • Profile picture of the author Evan Kanter
      Thank you for your replies.

      Originally Posted by IdeaLady View Post

      Don't make it hard for people to do business with you... if you can not take a few minutes to learn how, then you look less than professional.
      Duly noted.

      Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

      I have ordered articles from writers who just ask me to send payment to their email address. It doesn't bother me, and I don't think it looks unprofessional. I'd quite happily do business with you in the way you described, Evan.

      For me, professionalism in a writer comes down to good writing, good spelling and meeting promised delivery deadlines.
      I agree with you, Audrey, however I wanted to ask "the people" what they want, so I can deliver a quality product. To that end, I will be installing a "Buy" button on my blog, and thanks to the replies of IdeaLady, avenuegirl, and Sardent, I should have it up and running soon.

      So to show my appreciation for you all taking the time to help get a newbie started, and in the spirit of earning your business, I would like to offer the five of you who replied to my thread a free article. As I mentioned in my original post, I have not yet officially launched, and am working to get everything up and running, so delivery times will be a little longer than usual.

      I have no way of PMing you, but if any of the five of you (IdeaLady, avenuegirl, George Wright, Sardent, and Audrey Harvey) would like a free article, feel free to PM me. Please include your niche, desired keyword, desired keyword density, desired word count (350-500 words), and any other requests you may have. You can expect your article to be delivered within 48 hours of sending me your information.

      Thank you again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    I did business as an article writer for about two years, and I only got paid through a button... twice that I can remember? Every other time, I provided my Paypal email address and they paid me or I sent them an invoice through Paypal's system. That's it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Zabrina View Post

      I did business as an article writer for about two years, and I only got paid through a button... twice that I can remember? Every other time, I provided my Paypal email address and they paid me or I sent them an invoice through Paypal's system. That's it.
      ^^^ This.

      To be honest, I've never once been paid through a button, because just like the OP I have absolutely no idea how to do that, and it's never even occurred to me at all that it might be useful or helpful to have one available. If any client has ever expected that, they've certainly never mentioned it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    Yeah, I have also only used direct payments or I generate a PayPal invoice for them to pay. I prefer the 2nd option as it makes it a bit easier to keep track of my records.

    If you don't want to make an invoice each time you can just get the URL from the button code and include a hyperlink in your email.
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    Nice post everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by Evan Kanter View Post

    Hello All,

    I'm attempting to make my first money online by offering an article writing service, which I will officially launch in a few days.

    I don't at the moment know how to add a PayPal purchase button on my free Blogger blog. Ultimately I'd like to automate the ordering process in this way, but I'd like to get started taking orders while I'm learning to automate.
    I'm not sure what you can do or can't do on a free blogger blog, but you might want to consider buying a domain and hosting the site yourself and learning to put the Paypal button on the new site, which isn't hard at all.

    With writing services though, you may have to stick with email payment... writing services are variable and not really fixed fee, usually. The price depends on the article length or the project. But if you decide to do it from a site, I would build a self-hosted site rather than a blogger blog.

    Blogger plus payment via email are both unprofessional and I would probably not want to do business with you that way, unless I really got to know you and trusted you.
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I find that even when I do have a button on my WSO or my web page, I usually answer queries and send samples via email any way and in most cases I have just included my Paypal ID and the amount for payment through the email - Like Alexa, I haven't had any comments from clients that this might be unprofessional, lol.

    But offering a button (I do on my own sales page) or the email option would then cover anybody that wanted to pay you for your services. Good luck with your offer
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I do business with these people and you can see they've put a lot into automating their ordering and payment system. Just something to think about

    SEO Generals
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  • Profile picture of the author mmcqueen
    I don't mind paying either way. It just takes a few extra steps when sending money without a button. I don't think most people will mind the extra few seconds to do business with you.

    Good luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    I never used a "payment button" either, nor would I.

    When I work with a client I need to have communication with them to work out details of the order BEFORE they order. I might choose not to do their content, or we may not be on the same page about details. My schedule might not meet their needs.

    A payment button is going to open you up to more potential problems if you accept orders BEFORE communication.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamrs
    I have never used a payment button to my writers. I always send them the money through Paypal. However, I think that it depends on the client, so the best would be allow people to do both.


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