Looking to receive funds from around world into a single US-based account? Read on.
What is Payoneer?
Using Payoneer, a cloud-based service you are able to send and receive funds globally. The platform is seen as an alternative Paypal service and is accepted in certain places that Paypal is not (Amazon). Money from your Payoneer account can be transferred into your local bank account. Perfect!
What I really like about Payoneer is that it empowers entrepreneurs from developing countries, allowing them to transact with the rest of the world.
How I use Payoneer
I first found out about the Payoneer platform last year at a local gathering of authors. As an author publishing eBooks on the Amazon KDP platform and living on the African continent, our only option to receive our eBook royalties is via posted cheque.
Collecting our book royalty-cheques via post is frustrating to authors for a few reasons;
- Our postal service does not work.
- We are charged large fees to cash a cheque.
- Currency conversion fees from our local bank are exorbitant.
Using my US bank account details issued by Payoneer, Amazon now pays me more often, with less fees and no lost cheques!
(I have also used my Payoneer account to collect money from the Amazon Affiliates program)
How to apply for your Payoneer account
The online application process for my Payoneer account was a fairly painless process.
After applying and receiving my Payoneer account details I was required to submit some paperwork online which included a copy of my ID and proof of where I expected the incoming funds to be paid from. I simply sent them a link to my eBook sales page on Amazon and this was accepted without question.
Information highlighting the fees for using the Payoneer platform does seem a bit hard to find online, I am not sure if this is deliberate or not. The fee applicable to all Payoneer members will be the yearly $29.95 charge. This yearly-fee was deducted from my account in full as soon as I had received my first eBook royalty payment from Amazon.
The small fees charged for having and transacting through a Payoneer account have definitely been worthwhile as I am now able to receive payments directly from Amazon.
Here is a screen-grab I took I took of the Payoneer fees table, which I could only find when logged into my account. (Once again it was buried within my account under numerous clicks.)
This next bit is especially for authors wanting to use Payoneer to collect their book royalties directly:
How to link Payoneer account to Amazon KDP.
This process assumes that you have completed all the steps above and have already activated your Payoneer account.
Log on to your Payoneer Account, your home screen should look something like this:
- Select the US Payment Service menu button to view your Payoneer account details.
- Copy the account details from the part of the screen shown below.
- Navigate to your Amazon KDP account screen by logging to via KDP.Amazon.com
- Access your bank account details on Amazon KDP by accessing the account section as seen below.
Paste your Payoneer account details into the appropriate section titled “Your Royalty Payments” found half-way down the screen. Make sure you enter US as your bank location.
Select “Done” when happy and save your changes.
No more steps, you have successfully saved your new Payoneer account details within Amazon KDP platform, give yourself a pat on the back!
Have been using Payoneer to receive funds? How do you find the process?
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