Setting Up Your PayPal Business Account

How to Create a PayPal Business Account

To begin selling your books through your Booksite, you will need to create a PayPal Business Account. PayPal functions as a virtual bank account by storing the money from your book sales. Additionally, PayPal will send you an email whenever you make a sale that includes the buyer's address for shipping. Money can be moved from your PayPal account to a personal banking account at any time by linking your bank to PayPal.

Step 1: Visit

On the PayPal homepage, you will see two links in the top right corner. If this is your first PayPal account, click the 'Sign Up' button. If you have a Personal Account that you would like to convert into a PayPal Business Account, skip a few steps down to our 'How to Convert a Personal PayPal Account' section.

sign up for paypal

Step 2: Select 'Business Account'

The first question you will be asked is which kind of account you would like to create. Make sure the button next to 'Business Account' is checked and then click 'Next.'

paypal business account

Step 3: Fill Our Your Business Information

The next page will ask for information about your business. If you operate a one-person business, you can use your personal name and address.

paypal business information

How to Convert a Personal PayPal Account

If you already have a personal PayPal account, you can convert your account into a Business account. Unlike Personal Accounts, Business Accounts can accept credit and debit card transactions.

Step 1: Go to Your PayPal Settings

After logging in to your Personal Account, click the settings icon in the top right corner of your account homepage.

paypal settings

Step 2: Upgrade Your PayPal Account

In the lower left corner of your account homepage, click the 'Upgrade to a Business account' link and then follow the instructions on the next page to upgrade you account.

paypal upgrade account

How to Create a PayPal Button

Your PayPal button will be the main link between your Booksite and PayPal account. The button's settings will determine your book's sale price, shipping cost, tax rate and more. These settings not linked to your Booksite, so any revisions will have to be made from your PayPal account.

Step 1: Go the PayPal Buttons page

From anywhere on the PayPal website, click the 'Pay & Get Paid' link in the menu. When the dropdown appears, click the 'PayPal Buttons' link.

paypal buttons

Step 2: Select the 'Buy Now' Button

The next page will show several types of buttons that you can create. For our purposes, find and click the rectangle containing the 'Buy Now' button.

paypal buy now

Step 3: Enter Your Button's Settings

Most of your button's settings can be left as they are, but here are some setting you will want to update:

Skip over 'Step 2' and click the 'Step 3' bar. This will reveal more options. Change 'Do you want to let your customers change order quantities?' to 'Yes.' Save your settings using the yellow 'Save Changes' button at the bottom of the page.

paypal button settings 1
paypal button settings 2

Step 4: Send Your Button's Code to Gorham Printing

Your button has now been saved to your PayPal account. We will need the code on this page to add the button to your Booksite. Click anywhere in the box under the 'Website' tab to highlight the code. Copy the code by holding down Control+C on your keyboard. In your preferred email client, paste the code into a new message by holding down Control+V. Send this email to with the subject line "Your Name - Booksite Button Code".

paypal button code

How to Edit Your PayPal Button

If you decide change your button's settings, such your book's price, shipping cost, or tax rate, you can do so from your PayPal account.

Step 1: View Your Saved Buttons

From the PayPal button page (Step 2 of 'How to Create a PayPal Button'), click the 'View your saved buttons' link in the top right corner.

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Step 2: Edit Your Button using the Dropdown

This page will list all of the buttons saved on your account. The button for your Booksite will be under the 'Item Name' that you assigned it when you created the button. Click the 'Action' dropdown and then select 'Edit button.' This will take you to your button's setting page (same as Step 3 of 'How to Create a PayPal Button').

Your PayPal button will update itself once your changes have been saved, so you do not have resend the code to us. However, if you change your button's price, notify us by emailing so that we can update your Booksite to match your new price.

paypal edit button 2
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