Tracking down pilot receivables and member dues is a multi-faceted process. Invoicing, following up, and payment processing are just a few of the steps involved.
If you’re already using SkyManager, you’ve witnessed how technology can bring order to chaos. Many of our customers appreciate how SkyManager automatically notifies pilots with negative balances and also prevents them from doing any flying until they pay up.
Once your pilots are ready to pay you, it’s also important that your club, school, or FBO offers a secure and convenient method for accepting their payments. Today, we’re excited to announce that SkyManager now integrates seamlessly with PayPal.
Here’s an overview of how PayPal and SkyManager work together to benefit your organization.
Secure, Convenient Payment Processing
If you’ve ever bought something on eBay, you’re probably already familiar with PayPal. For over a decade, millions of small businesses and consumers (143 million active accounts to be exact) have trusted PayPal as a convenient, secure payment processor. As a fully PCI compliant bank trusted around the world, PayPal processes more than 9 million payments every day.
Using PayPal to process receivables for your aviation business can reduce risk and increase pilot satisfaction. You no longer have to take ownership of pilot credit card information, which minimizes your company’s exposure to liability. In addition, pilots appreciate the ease of making payments via PayPal.
Accept Any Credit Card
PayPal is especially popular among small business owners because it simplifies credit card processing. In fact, when you sign up for a free merchant account, you can instantly begin accepting credit card payments at affordable rates. The best part is that customers do not even need a PayPal account to send a payment.
No More Gateways or Credit Card Machines
If you’ve ever tried to set up your own credit card processing system, you know about all the headaches associated with configuring credit card gateways. Unless you’re a tech wizard, set up and support can be confusing and frustrating. If you’re still using a carbon-paper swipe machine, you likely realize how inefficient that can be.
PayPal eliminates the technological shortcomings of your current payment processing system. Simply sign up for an account, and they do the rest.
Merchant Accounts are Free & Offer Great Rates
Perhaps best of all, PayPal merchant accounts are free! Since PayPal is an on-demand provider, you only pay fees when you use the service. Currently merchant rates are 2.9% plus a $.30 transaction fee (or 2.2% if you process over $10,000 in a month). Many in the aircraft world experience $10,000 or more in card transactions per month, so this really is a great deal.
Setup is a Snap with SkyManager
Did we mention it’s easy to begin accepting PayPal payments via SkyManager’s integration? Refer to our technical documentation for a step-by-step tutorial. In a nutshell, here’s how to get started.
- Open your web browser
- Type in your SkyManager’s site destination and add “paypal/setup” at the end (i.e. http://sitename.skymanager.com/paypal/setup). Load the page by pressing “Enter” on your keyboard.
- You will be prompted to set up a PayPal merchant account (or log into your existing account).
- After logging into PayPal, you’ll be asked to grant permission for Carr Engineering, Inc. (SkyManager’s parent company) to use the Express Checkout feature to process payments. Click “Grant Permission.”
- Go back to your SkyManager account and begin using PayPal to accept payments!
Questions? For technical support, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.