Many people opt to start working online to achieve financial freedom, be their own boss or simply start the business that they have always wanted. Every year, thousands of people start their own online businesses.
However, for those looking to make their first dollar online, the typical first jobs they will get involved in are those related to freelancing. The good thing with the Internet is that there is a market for nearly everything. If you have a skill, you can find a market for it. Examples of online jobs you can get started with include:
- Freelancing (writing, data entry, graphic design, web design, etc.)
- Affiliate marketing (sell a merchant’s product and get a commission for every sale)
- E-commerce (start your own online store and sell items you have)
- Consulting (start your own services firms offering consultation in an area where you are an expert)
- And many more.
Unfortunately, when it comes to doing business online, people in certain countries face more hurdles than others. In countries like the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, the internet ecosystem and markets are well developed. There are robust supporting infrastructures like payment gateways, security systems, online privacy laws and so on.
Now, when we come to people in most Asian and African countries (and to some extent Eastern Europe), things are not so easy online. You will realize most countries in these regions are those termed as “developing nations”. For anyone looking to make money online in these countries, there are usually more challenges to counter. These include:
i) Finding the right payment gateway
ii) Finding a good market
iii) Online taxes and VAT
iv) Restrictions on doing business in other countries, etc.
As a result of these frustrations, most entrepreneurs in Asia and Africa opt to do freelance work rather than start their own online businesses. At least, most people start with freelancing before they get into affiliate marketing or selling their own products.
There are many ways to make money online. Many people have however resorted to doing contractual online jobs rather than run their own online businesses selling products or services. Jobs like online graphic design, web design, software development and writing are the most common.
If you are in a non-US country and are starting out with online freelancing, one of the biggest challenges is how to get payment from overseas clients. Most clients in US prefer using PayPal as their mode of payment. However, PayPal only allows some users in non-US countries to send and receive money online, but NOT withdraw.
So, how do you withdraw your PayPal money in a non US country?
Withdraw PayPal in a Non US Country (Pakistan, Kenya, Philippines, UAE, Indonesia, etc.)
With the majority of clients using PayPal as their preferred method of making payments, many online workers Asia, Africa and some European countries feel locked out of many opportunities because they are unable to withdraw PayPal money.
When I started working online in 2008, I tried all sorts of short cuts to get payments through PayPal. If you browse enough, you will come across VCCs (virtual credit card) numbers that can be used to verify PayPal, people selling PayPal accounts with verified US Bank accounts and so on.
If you are thinking of taking any of these shortcuts, I would advise you not to. Otherwise, your account is likely to be limited by PayPal for ‘security concerns”. I’ve gone through it all. Is this message familiar to you? Without a doubt, PayPal is the leading online payment gateways in the word, with over 300 million active customers. If you hate PayPal and refuse to accept it in your online business, you are essentially locking out hundreds of would-be customers from transacting with you.
If you have been wondering or struggling to withdraw PayPal in a non US country, this does not have to be the case anymore. There is a legitimate way to withdraw PayPal money even if you are not from the US. But first, let’s start with some options you have on withdrawing PayPal money in a non US country:
1. Use Cash Exchange Websites
There are a number of websites that offer PayPal cash exchange services on a commission basis. That is, you send your PayPal money to them, they withdraw for you and in turn charge you a commission for their services, sometimes as high a 30 percent. When I started online freelancing in 2008, I used some of these services. Examples of such websites include EgoPay, Ecurrency, and Ok Change.
However, I would not recommend you use this option to withdraw PayPal money. This is because these websites are known to spring up and disappear overnight. You don’t want your money gone with a company that you cannot get hold of. I cannot personally vouch for any of the above sites.
ii) Use Money Exchangers in Forums
Another option of withdrawing PayPal if you are from a non US country is to use money exchanges in forums like Digital Point, Money Maker Online, Blackhat World (BHW) among others. To do this, simply join the forum you want and check the “services for sale” section for users who are offering PayPal withdrawal services. For example, here is a picture from BHW of a user offering the service. When dealing with forums, make sure you look for a seller who has a good reputation. In forums, there is something we call “iTrader”. Basically, this is simply a reputation of a seller. The higher the reputation, the better. Also, you should check the comments of other buyers of the services in the forum thread. If there are good reviews of the services, you are likely to have found a good seller.
Now, withdrawing PayPal money in forums comes with the same risks as using cash exchange sites. You never know when the seller may decide to go “offline” with your money or simply accuse you of trying to defraud them. So, I would suggest you approach this option with caution.
Finally, there is one secure and guaranteed way to withdraw PayPal money in a non US country. Read on to find out more.
Best Way to Withdraw PayPal Money in a Non US Country
As an online freelancer starting out, you need a convenient and effective way to withdraw PayPal payments without losing your hard-earned payments. The best way to withdraw PayPal in a non US country (be it Pakistan, India, Indonesia, UAE, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, etc.) and ensure you keep most of your payment is through a Payoneer MasterCard.
What is Payoneer MasterCard?
Payoneer is a leader in international payments and is the preferred payment gateway for people in countries where PayPal does not work. The company offers a FREE
MasterCard to anyone from any country who would like to receive payments online. To sign up for a Payoneer Card, CLICK HERE.
With a Payoneer MasterCard, you can withdraw PayPal in your country easily. The card is a standard MasterCard that can be used at any ATM that accepts MasterCard. Applying for a Payoneer card is free. If you are a member of online freelance marketplaces Freelancer and others, you are probably aware of the Payoneer Card.
Countries Where Payoneer Works
Payoneer works in nearly all countries in the world. The only exception is people living in the following countries:
So, if I have not listed your country in the last sentence, you get a Payoneer Card for free and withdraw PayPal payments.
Steps to Applying for a Payoneer Card
Signing up for a Payoneer Card is easy and free. It will take you just five minutes to fill the application form. The form only requires you to put your name, password, security questions and personal details like date of birth, address, etc. Below are the steps to applying for a Payoneer card.
- Head over to the Payoneer official sign up page and fill the information.
- You will need a Post Office box address where the card will be mailed. If you do not have a post office box number, you can use your friend’s, neighbor’s, etc. as long as it is a valid P.O. Box where you can be able to receive the card.
- After applying, you will get an email notification confirming that your card has been approved.
- The card will then be shipped to you. It usually takes between 21 to 30 days to reach the post office.
- When you get the card, it will come with a secret PIN that you will have to Log into your Payoneer online account to activate it.
After filling the form, you will get a message in your email alerting you that your application has been received.
After about 21 days, you will receive your card in your mail, and you’ll have to activate it online using a code that will be in the mail. As simple as that, you are now ready to use the card to withdraw PayPal in your country as well as be able to receive online payments from clients from all over the world. The Payoneer Card comes attached with a virtual US Bank account. This means you can accept electronic cheques and ACH payments from US buyers.
You can use the Payoneer MasterCard in your country to:
a) Verify your PayPal account
b) Pay for goods or services online
c) Receive payments online from international buyers Currently, to withdraw PayPal money in a non US country, you need to have a US Bank account. The Payoneer Card comes attached with a virtual US Bank account and this is why it is possible to withdraw PayPal money through it.
**IMPORTANT 2014 UPDATE: Sign up for a FREE Payoneer Card and get $25 in the card for free.**
How Much Fees Does Payoneer Charge?
Payoneer transaction fees are very low. There is a one-time set-up fee of $9.95 for activating the card. From there, other transactions are charged 1% only. This is very cheap compared to some companies that charge up to 30 percent to withdraw PayPal money in forums. You can see a breakdown of the fees at the company’s official website.
Go ahead and apply for your FREE Payoneer MasterCard that will help you to withdraw PayPal money in a non US country. If you do not have a PayPal account, sign up for one for free. If you have questions about the Payoneer MasterCard, post your comments below.
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