| What are the different
"types" of Mail?
There are three different types of Mail: Regular, Payment Request and Pay to View.
Regular Mail lets you send simple messages and attachments. The recipient will receive an email with the message you write, and it won't cost anything to open it.
Send Payment Mail allows anyone to send a payment to an advisor along with a message. As soon as the mail is sent, the money is automatically transferred from the sender's account to the recipient's account.
Payment Request Mail lets you request payment from a customer of the amount of money you specify. If the customer accepts your request, the money will automatically be transferred from his or her account into yours.
Pay-to-View Mail lets you write a message, include an attached file if you wish, and indicate the price you'd like to charge the customer to view the message's contents, which will not be viewable until the customer agrees to pay you the price you're charging. It's like an online version of the C.O.D. (Cash-On-Delivery) packages that merchants use to ensure payment for the goods they send.
If I want to collect money from a
customer, should I send a Payment Request or a Pay-to-View Mail?
When should I send a Pay-to-View Mail?
What are some general guidelines as
to which type of Mail to use?
Full trust: If you have full trust that your customer will pay you, you could send your deliverables via Regular Mail and follow up later with a Payment Request once you know that your customer is satisfied with your work.
Little trust but not much work: If you don't know whether your customer will pay you and your deliverables are not much work -- such as a few sentences -- you could send them via Pay-to-View Mail to ensure that the customer pays you before viewing them.
Little trust and a lot of work:
If you don't know whether your customer will pay you and your deliverables
are a lot of work -- such as an entire tax return -- you could first send
a Payment Request for prepayment of half of your fee, then, upon prepayment,
perform the services and send the deliverables as a Pay-to-View Mail
to ensure that they pay the second half.
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