PayPal.Me and how it works

Feb 20 2020 | PayPal editorial staff


Whether it’s for a freelance gig, a small business or your own personal use, PayPal.Me is the fastest and simplest way for you to get paid in Hong Kong. All you need to do is share your personalised PayPal.Me link via an email, a text message, a chat or even your business card and anyone with a PayPal account can pay you.  

What is PayPal.Me 
PayPal.Me is personalised link that’s connected to your PayPal Business Account. All you need to do is customise a link that’s unique to you or your business and share it to get paid! What this means is you can skip all the hassle of setting up a bank transfer and get paid on the spot while enjoying all the security that comes with PayPal.  

How PayPal.Me works 

Step 1:
Log in to your PayPal Account. 

Step 2: 
Add a logo or picture about yourself/your business.

Step 3:  
Create a customised link unique to you.  

Step 4:  
Your personalised PayPal.Me link is done and ready to be shared with your customers. 

And that’s really all there is to it. Now that your personalised link is done, all you have to do is share it with your customers or friends to get paid.  

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Frequently asked questions.

You have 3 convenient options to request payments from your friends or customers. It's ok if they don’t have a PayPal account yet; we'll help them sign up for one and guide them through the payment. We’ll email you when your payment request or invoice is paid. 

There’s no fee for your to request a payment. You only pay a fee for receiving a payment when your request is paid. When the payment request is paid, the funds are added to your PayPal account balance.

Option 1. Send an email payment request

What is PayPal Email Payments?
Email Payments allow you to receive payments from anywhere around the world simply by sending a digital request. The recipients will then receive an email that allows them to pay you with credit/debit card, bank account, or their PayPal balance. If the transactions are eligible for Seller Protection, it’ll be reflected in your Transaction Details page.

How to send a payment request?

  1. Click Pay & Get Paid at the top of the page.
  2. Under 'Accept Payments', click Request money.
  3. Enter the person's name or email address, then click Next.
  4. Enter the amount, select the currency and click Request Payment.

You can request money from more than one person at a time. To do so, just enter their email addresses separated by commas in Step 2 above. 

Option 2. Send an invoice

What is PayPal Invoicing?
Online Invoicing is a free management tool to help you automate your invoicing process. The feature provides an easy-to-use invoice template that can be personalised with details such as your company logo, product descriptions, and invoice ID numbers. They can also be customised with discounts, shipping costs, and the currency you wish to be paid in. You can send the invoice via email or a direct link, immediately or at a scheduled later date. Invoices can also be send to multiple recipients at one go, or on a recurring basis.

How to send an invoice?

  1. Click Pay & Get Paid at the top of the page.
  2. Under 'Accept Payments', click Request money.
  3. Click Create an invoice.
  4. Enter the required information.
  5. Click Send.

Option 3. Share your PayPal.Me link

PayPal.Me is our new, hassle-free way to pay and get paid. You can share your personal PayPal.Me link with anyone via SMS, social media platform or email. Your customers can then click or type your link and send you payments. If their payments meet the eligibility for Buyer Protection, their purchases will also be safeguarded by PayPal. Learn more about how PayPal.Me works.

You must confirm your email address first in order to start receiving payments. If someone sends you a payment, you’ll receive an email notification. You’ll need to manually accept the first payment you receive. The payments received afterwards will be automatically accepted into your account.

Here are some ways you can get paid:

The funds you receive will appear in your account balance on the Summary page. You can then use the balance to send payments or withdraw it to your bank account.

Compare our payment solutions to find the best fit for your payment needs in Hong Kong.

Website Payment Standard” offers “Add to Cart”, “Buy Now” and “Subscription” buttons, which allows you to accept PayPal payment directly from your website. When your buyers click on the buttons on your website, they’ll be directed to PayPal’s payment page to pay you.
Here's how to create a button:
  1. Go to PayPal buttons.
  2. Select the type of button you want to edit.
  3. Enter the required information, and click Create Button.
  4. Copy and paste your payment button code into your website code.

Here's how to edit a button that you created previously:

  1. Go to PayPal buttons.
  2. Click View your saved buttons on the top right corner of the page.
  3. Click Edit button under "Action" next to the button you want to edit.
  4. Update the information, and click Save Changes.
  • To allow your customer to add personalised text, you can add a text field on the editing page. This field will appear above your button.
  • If you've customised the button, such as adding a dropdown menu or text field, please follow the instructions on the page and implement the HTML code to create your button. For the buttons without customisation, you'll also have the "Email URL" option.
  • You can locate your Merchant ID in your PayPal account profile.
Learn more about other PayPal payment solutions offered in Hong Kong.

You can send a payment using the recipient's email address or via PayPal.Me. The transaction will be funded by your available PayPal balance, or a credit or debit card linked to your PayPal account.

Pay using recipient's email address

Here's how to send a payment from your PayPal account:

  1. Click Pay & Get Paid at the top of your account.
  2. Click Send Payments under 'Make Payments'.
  3. Enter the recipient's email address, and click Next.
  4. Enter the amount you want to send, and click Continue.
  5. Select a suitable payment type:
    • Sending to friends and family: Choose this for sending a personal payment to your friends or family.
    • Paying for an item or service: Choose this for sending a commercial payment to a merchant and enjoying PayPal Buyer Protection.
  6. Choose a payment method.
  7. Review the information and click Send Payment Now.

On the payment page, your payment will be set in the default currency of your recipient’s country or region. If you have an agreement with the recipient, you’re able to change it to other currency.

After the payment is sent, your recipient will receive a notification email. If they don’t have a PayPal account, they can follow the instructions in the email to sign up for an account and accept your payment.

Pay with PayPal.Me

You can also try PayPal.Me, our new, hassle-free way to pay and get paid. If the person you're paying has a PayPal.Me link, they can share the link with you and let you pay them easily through PayPal. Learn more about how PayPal.Me works.

Useful tip: Preferred way to pay

You can select a debit or credit card as your preferred funding source, and we'll use it when you shop online or send a payment for goods or services. If you don't set any preference, your PayPal balance (if available) will be your default way to pay.

Here's how to set your preference:

  1. Click Pay & Get Paid at the top of your account.
  2. Click Money under 'Wallet'.
  3. Click Payment preferences.
  4. Select your preferred card, and click Confirm.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. The information in this article does not constitute legal, financial, IT, business or investment advice of any kind and is not a substitute for any professional advice. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, IT and legal advice before making any business decision.