Save time, effort and energy – print your own USPS mailing labels
by Rebecca Joy
Here are some thoughts and suggestions on how to make life a little more efficient as an independent author/publisher.
For years I’ve had a PayPal account which I only used occasionally for miscellaneous purchases and payments. Once I published and began selling my book, I ordered and now use PayPal’s reader device, which plugs into my smart phone to swipe credit cards. I downloaded the PayPay Here app, used in conjunct with the device for book purchases and also to help manage my records.
It wasn’t until last year that I realized PayPal provides an additional service in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service regarding the mailing of products and books. I’d never heard of anyone in the publishing industry mentioning this or seen it listed on the PayPal website. I just happened across an article one day about how to print your own USPS mailing labels and this seemingly hard-to-find link. What I discovered is that PayPal offers a convenient, easy way to “create, purchase, and print your postage-paid shipping label right from your computer.” Then your postal transactions and purchases show up in your PayPal log and monthly reports.
Clicking on the link (or, cutting and pasting the URL into your browser) will take you to the PayPal login page. After signing in to your account, you’ll be re-directed to a page that says: “U.S. Postal Service – Create Your Shipping Label.” For specific information, click the PayPal shipping FAQ or view our brief demo links on that page.
I think back and realize how much time, effort and energy I wasted mailing books before I came across this link. I’d slap a variety of miscellaneous priced stamps on the mailer, drive to the post office, and slip those packages in the mailbox slot one at a time. Or, use the self-service kiosk/print a label with the postage machine located in the postal lobbies – that, too. was inconvenient and a bit of a hassle.
If you do use this method to mail your books, consider buying a package of “half sheet shipping labels” for your printer. Another option is using a label machine printer such as LabelWriter by Dymo.
And remember, you don’t need to drive back to the post office to mail your packages. Just place them near or in your mail box (of course, if it’s safe to do so) as you would any piece of mail for your postal carrier to pick up.
Once again, here’s the link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now.
Be sure to bookmark this link for easy access to USPS/PayPal’s convenient service.
I hope by sharing these printing/mailing tips with you, it brings value and a higher level of efficiency and ease to your life – allowing even more time for you to follow your heart’s desire and continue to write, create, and share your good work.
As a Phoenix firefighter for more than 26 years, now retired, Rebecca Joy had the unique opportunity to collect firefighters stories and compile them into a dynamic anthology book, called Classic Tales from the Firehouse: Firefighters’ Stories of Calamity, Courage, and Caring. Also a speaker, social entrepreneur, and creator of the Simple Awareness Method (S.A.M.), Rebecca continues to save lives and effect positive change in a different capacity by sharing a powerful, practical and life changing message on mindfulness and conscious living. To order your copy of Classic Tales, please visit TalesFromTheFirehouse.com for more information.