The foundation of a successful business is being able to cater to your customer. One of the components to gaining loyalty is presenting a fast and secure checkout process. For this and other reasons noted below, we believe PayPal is an all-around winner. With flexible payment options, simple setup, and seamless payment, PayPal delivers what business owners need to build a strong customer base. Here are the stats to prove it.

1. PayPal helps you create a better buying experience with fewer screens, fewer clicks, and up to a 44% better checkout conversion.¹

Most people lose patience every time they have to fill out forms and personal information at checkout on each new website. PayPal Express Checkout gives your customers a fast, easy checkout across devices - and can help you close more sales in the process.

2. PayPal attracts up to 5.3% more customers.2

It's not a stretch to say that PayPal customers look for PayPal when they shop online. In fact, research shows that offering PayPal helps attract up to 5.3% more new buyers. Even better: those buyers spend more, which helps small businesses sell more and grow.

3. PayPal is trusted by more than 188 million active accounts.3

Customers recognize the PayPal logo, and brand recognition is a powerful ally to lend credibility to your company. When it comes to their money, customers want to feel comfortable that their payments will be secure and protected against fraud.

4. PayPal lets you accept 25 currencies securely from 203 markets.

Don't wait for payments to come in from a three-week sea voyage across the Atlantic or pay hefty international wiring fees. PayPal is your ticket to selling into more markets and taking your business international.

5. The flexibility of PayPal can help close more transactions.

Not only can customers pay with credit or debit, but they can also get financing on purchases of $99 or more through PayPal Credit. And it's a popular choice among users: about one-quarter (25%) of PayPal Credit buyers said they wouldn't have made their most recent purchase without PayPal Credit. 4 It can be a great way to help drive more sales and get paid upfront, even though your customers have more time to pay.

6. You can start accepting payments online in about 15 minutes.

PayPal is easy to integrate into your business: it only takes about 15 minutes to add a payment button to your website.

7. You may be able to get a loan - without a credit check.

PayPal Working Capital has provided more than $1 billion in funding to over 90,000 small businesses globally. You may be eligible to apply for a business loan after you start processing payments with PayPal. 5 It could come in handy to prepare for busy seasons or to restock inventory. The lender for PayPal Working Capital in the U.S. is WebBank, a Utah-chartered Industrial Bank, and member of the FDIC.

8. In 2014, 2.5 million businesses of all sizes created and sent out PayPal invoices.

We found that PayPal invoicing is an efficient way of organizing all of your payments and staying on top of money that's owed. Dealing with late payments is a whole lot easier, without the need to send a debt collector. PayPal sends your customers an online invoice that they can pay directly via PayPal, credit card, or debit card.

9. PayPal never takes a day off.

Ecommerce never sleeps, and neither does PayPal. The staff is available to provide support 7 days a week. When you have a problem, you can get it reliably fixed without delay.

PayPal's suite of services is a good choice for any small business, from ecommerce beginners to companies looking to expand internationally. PayPal also provides a transparent fee structure and devices for online and offline sales, gaining the respect of entrepreneurs worldwide.

PayPal can be a trusted business partner, starting at $0 a month, and signup takes as little as 15 minutes! Follow this link to start accelerating your business with PayPal today.

1As reported in Nielsen's Online Panel research for activity occurring from July – November 2015, which compared PayPal transactions to non-PayPal transactions on sites that offer PayPal as a payment option. Nielsen measured 125,000 households' online behavior across 10 SMB merchants. Copyright 2016 Nielsen. 2As reported in Nielsen's Online Buyer Insights, which measured online & mobile purchasing behavior 52 weeks pre-/post-PayPal integration to calculate lift in net new customers who completed a purchase using PayPal. Weighted average results across a group of 15 small- and medium-sized merchants; findings are based on actual transactions, measured among ~39MM US Zip11 Households. Study completed January 2016. 3An active customer account is a registered account that successfully sent or received at least one payment or payment reversal through our Payments Platform, excluding transactions processed through our gateway and Paydiant products, in the past 12 months. 4Source: comScore customer survey completed in January 2016, among 3,010 consumers who have used PayPal Credit. 5PayPal Working Capital is subject to credit approval, as determined by the lender, WebBank, member FDIC. To apply for PayPal Working Capital, your business must have a PayPal business or premier account for at least 3 months and process between $20,000 (or, for certain qualifying business accounts, $15,000) and $10 million within those 3 months or within any time period less than or equal to 12 months. PayPal sales include processing on PayPal Express Checkout, PayPal Payments Standard, PayPal Payments Pro, and PayPal Here.

Advertisement

PayPath
Follow Us on

Afghan women

NBC

Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

via Tiffany & Co.

When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

Keep reading Show less

Stacker

Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

Camping camping road tripConde Nast Traveler

If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

Road Trip Road TripThe Orange Backpack


5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.