How to ship from home using PayPal ????

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When I began selling my crochet back in 2012, it was mostly to local friends and family. I didn’t need to do much shipping, but when I did, I went to the post office;  I did this for 2 years. Then, I moved out-of-state and all my friends and family were no longer local! I continued to go to the post office, but it started to get ridiculous and I knew there had to be an easier way. After doing lots of research, I finally figured it out!

Apparently, PayPal makes it super difficult to find the correct shipping page; like it’s some kind of secret or something, I don’t know. That being said,  here is the easiest way to create shipping labels, at home, using PayPal. ( Even though nearly all my shipping is done through Etsy now, I still use this method when I am shipping promotional items or gifts.)

First, you will want to set up a Business PayPal account (if you haven’t already) and make sure it’s connected to your credit/debit card.

Here is a link on “How to set up a PayPal account” 

After you’re all set up on PayPal, click the link below; You may want to bookmark this for easy access later.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

When you click on it, you may be asked to log into your PayPal account, if you’re not already; after you log in, it will go straight to this page:

Fill out all the required fields and click “Ship to this address”

You will see this page. 

Start making selections from all the drop-down menus. I always ship USPS (United States Postal Services) and First class, if I can; that is the cheapest option. If your item is less than 15.99 ounces, it can ship first class. (It can also only be a maximum of 18 inches by 22 inches.) 

TIP: if you have something over 15.99 oz and you need to ship it priority, you DO NOT have to use a priority box; I did not know that when I started. Shipping in a priority box is usually more expensive than just shipping in a regular mailer, depending on how heavy your item(s) are. So, if it’s over 15.99oz, just put it in your regular mailer, but print a Priority label instead of a First Class label.

I use basic white 10″ by 13″ poly mailers

Next, you choose your package type. For my crochet items, I always choose “large package”.

You will need to weigh your product, mailer, promotional items etc. on a scale to get the total weight of your package. I just use a digital kitchen scale for weighing all my packages. It doesn’t have to be real fancy or anything, as long as it can tell you your item’s weight in ounces, you should be good. After you have an accurate measurement,  type in your package weight.

This scale is on Amazon for only 12.99 (free shipping with a Prime account). It has the option to toggle between different units of measurement which is perfect, not only for shipping but also for measuring yarn in grams or oz to see if you have enough for a specific pattern. 

Next, you have some additional details you can select, if necessary, and you have the option to add insurance if you choose. 

Select the mailing date and click “Calculate Shipping Cost” in the top right corner;  You will see something like this.

You can choose which payment method you would like to use, either PayPal or the card you have linked to the account. You also have the option to link more than one card to the account if you need to.

Next click “Confirm and Pay”, then click “Print”.

Your label will look something like this:

The bottom half is for you to keep, for your records, and the top half is what you will tape onto your package. Be sure to read the instructions for your first one, so there are no accidental mistakes.

TIP: You can use this fancy shipping label paper from Avery if you don’t like the idea of cutting and taping labels by hand.
Avery Shipping Labels w/ Paper Receipts and TrueBlock Technology for Laser Printers 5-1/16″ x 7-5/8″, Pack of 50 (5127)
It has a peel-and-stick label on one side, and just paper on the other side. This would be a time saver if you are shipping multiple items at a time. I invested in a Dymo printer last year and LOVE IT! 

That’s it!! Pop that puppy into your mailbox, and raise the flag so your mail-carrier knows you have outgoing mail! No more weekly trips to the Post Office!!!

If you liked this post and would like to learn more about shipping tips or using PayPal for business, comment and let me know! I will be happy to make more posts like this one. Also, subscribe if you would like to be notified, via email, when new posts hit the blog! 

➰ Happy Crocheting ➰

❤Ashley

Here is where I found the direct link to the shipping page on PayPal

 

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21 thoughts on “How to ship from home using PayPal ????

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks! Question: Can I purchase & print paypal/USPS shipping labels and then ship the packages at a later date? I saw on stamps.com that packages have to be shipped right away/same day/next day to match the label print date, but I’m not seeing anything like that on my PayPal shipping documentation..

    • Ashley says:

      Hey! Sorry I’m just seeing your question! I believe you have to ship the day you print your labels. At least that’s what I do , I could be wrong though

  2. Burgundy says:

    Thank you gor this! I have been going to the post office but now my husband works during the hours and days that the office is open and I cant get there! My question is, I’ve only seen advice for polymailers, but I use boxes is there anything different? They won’t fit in my tiny ‘connected to the house’ mailbox, how do I send them out?

    • Ashley says:

      You can schedule a pickup on USPS’s website! It’s free if you schedule it for regular pick up time or there’s a fee if you need to select what time you need it picked up by.

  3. Pam says:

    I mail from Canada to the US a lot. The last time I asked PayPal, they told me PayPal had been unable to come to an agreement with Canada Post on this. I’m hoping this has changed since the last time I asked. Thoughts??

    • Ashley says:

      Oh goodness I have no idea. I hope they can straighten it out though! If you have an etsy shop shipping through etsy is easier than shipping through paypal 😉

  4. Mike says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a way to print international shipping labels from PayPal. I have called PayPal about this before and was told they didn’t have a feature like this for international labels. Of course it is easy if you have a PayPal transaction to work with. However, on occasion I need to buy a label without a transaction. Domestic addresses haven’t been a problem since you can purchase labels from the multi-order shipping tool. It just doesn’t allow you to purchase international labels from that tool. I’m so glad I came across your blog post. Now I can save a bit of money by purchasing these labels through PayPal instead of the USPS website.

  5. Kat says:

    Ashley thank u so much! This is the most concise easy to understand explanation I have yet to see! And thank u for the pics!

    💜Kat @KreativeKittiz 🥰

  6. C. R. Scott says:

    Thanks for posting this easy to use shipping link. As you and others have noted, PayPal and by extension eBay, seem to go out of their way to make shipping anything other than a eBay sale difficult. Very aggravating when shipping follow-up items, samples and the like.

    Thanks again for publishing this very useful information!!

  7. DM says:

    Ashley, Thank you for this info. I have been looking unsuccessfully to answer all of these questions. Few more question: I am a member of a co-op; they have a site and the treasurer collects the orders and money through PayPal. As orders come in, they contact the members to send out the product ordered from their homes. Can I send these products through PayPal? Do I have to register as a business? I have an account with PP. Can I just send as an individual having the postage paid/sent to by my credit card listed with PayPal? When you print to paper, there are instructions under the shipping info which you cut off. If I use Avery labels, do these instructions get printed each time to ‘ruin’ the second label on the Avery sheet (two labels per Avery sheet)? Is there a fee from PayPal for using this mailing service? I tried a ‘trial’ mailing and saw that my package was $8.75 with USPS, and it was $4.40 using PayPal. Thanks for any and all info you can provide!

  8. Gabriela HD says:

    Hi. Thank you so much for this blog post. Very useful! Have you used these PayPal shipping labels to send family and friends stuff by mail? I’m not talking about products you sell them. I just want to benefit from those lower shipping rates and the convenience to get the labels online to ship birthday gifts or send letters to friends and family. Thank you!!

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