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How do I handle the PayPal limit lift?


by @matthieudrula | 4yr  | 15 comments

Hi,
I have been using Paypal since Iโ€™m nomading and contracting. However now it asks to confirm my identity.
I created my account when I was in the UK, now slow traveling, my account is bound to the UK and Iโ€™m feel like Iโ€™m *****ed since they ask for information about my previous UK address.
They are talking about limit lifts. Anyone using paypal has a nomad with no home address?

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@nomadtax | 4yr

Why use PayPal or Skrill? Simply setup a Stripe account and get a free invoicing app, this will allow your customer to pay directly using their credit card. You wonโ€™t have to deal with anything, the money hits your bank account within a week.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

I am starting freelancing so new clients, they prefer to use Upwork with the time logging.
When you have a relationship, direct payment are indeed better.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Thinking about switching to Skrill, will see if they are less annoying although those annoyance might be legit (drug money laundering, โ€ฆ)

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@syneryder | 4yr

For what itโ€™s worth, Iโ€™ve heard the same thing happening to somebody else when they moved to Colombia & tried accessing their UK Paypal while over there. The account was frozen and it took several months for them to unlock - if I remember correctly they actually had to fly back to the UK at one point to meet with their bank in person to get sufficient ID documentation.

That said, the incident Iโ€™m thinking of happened a decade ago, so hopefully Paypal have improved their processes since then! I try to keep my online business earnings paying directly into my bank account now though, just in case.

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@oskar | 4yr

I have had paypal for 8 years, never had a problem. My employer sends me payments through it without any limits to withdraw. Just dont say you are moving around the globe for christ sake!!

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@harris | 4yr

Iโ€™ve used PayPal for years and itโ€™s best to just let them โ€˜thinkโ€™ you still live in your original location. Otherwise, Skrillโ€™s been pretty good and I hear a lot of freelancers are getting paid via Skrill now. That said, they will still eventually need some sort of identity check as well. Most, if not all, will need something showing who you really are b/c they need to feel like theyโ€™re not aiding a terrorist or other illegal entity move money around.

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Thatโ€™s what I just did in fact, I sent a request via there website, then thought that I could give it a shot and added my old address and it was lifted without even requiring documents.
So now I just hope that they will do some good job and lose my request.

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@adamjar | 4yr

I had the same problem as you and I also work through Upwork so not using PayPal is not an option. I had to contact support and explain my unusual situation a few times before they agreed to work with me. They made me send in a bunch of other documents that confirmed my identity such as a birth certificate (the Swedish version) and a signed document from both my parents (?). It was a pain in the ass and I had my account frozen during the time, but everything has worked fine after that.

Good luck!
/Adam

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

#wtf
Next thing you know, they will start asking a signed document from the president.

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@orca | 4yr

It can be problematic and there are more and more questions arising currently but the key it a maildrop in the country where the account is and have something like a bank statement etc go there just in case they ask for proof of address plus its ideal to link a debit card (prepaid should work) and a bank account plus you need a local number too either voicemail or live (better if they call) in the UK this costs under ยฃ400 a year the pair and much the same in the US and many other locations. We arrange it all the time for people working in IT, contracting etc.

Hope this helps
Axel

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Local Funds Transfer (COP)
$3.99 per withdrawal to Colombia.

Payoneer
$2 USD per withdrawal. Additional activation and maintenance fees charged by Payoneer.

Skrill
$1 USD per withdrawal. Additional activation and maintenance fees charged by Skrill.

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@iamsukizoe | 4yr

I use the same address from when I started my account six years ago. Iโ€™ve lived in several places since then - as far as Paypal and the connected bank account are concerned, I still live there.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

paypal is a nightmare unless youโ€™re staying in one spot. most people i know avoid it as much as possible

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@matthieudrula | 4yr

Typically how do you get paid on Upwork, if not with paypal?

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

no idea, i donโ€™t use upwork. what other options do the show on their website?

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Can Americans with EU Passports Travel to EU during COVID-19?

 

in France by @fqlx | 17h 17 hours ago | 1 comment

I'm a dual citizen of America and France with my resident based in the America. Can I travel to the EU using my French passport?

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We are hoping to become nomads soon and have booked an AirBnB in September in Goa for our first destination. We are considering what would be the best option for accommodation after that. We are trying to decide between co-living spaces, hostels, or Airbnbs.

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How do you ensure that you have good WiFi for working whilst travelling e.g. in places like India?

 

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We are going travelling but we won't know anyone out there, what's your best advice for meeting people and socialising abroad? We've thought about the obvious things like Meetup etc, is there anything else you can suggest from your experience?

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in Indonesia by @miklaskroager | 2d 1 day ago | 1 comment

We're looking for a country in South East Asia that can function as our base, mainly for tax purposes. Meaning it will have to be a place where we can stay for the 183 days required without too much hassle.

We've been looking at Thailand, but have heard that it's very hard to do visa runs etc., so what other can you recommend? Indonesia looked like a good option, but the income rate is a flat 20% and very high for the region.

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When will the Coronavirus travel restrictions from U.S. to Colombia be lifted?

 

in Colombia by @markm | 3d 2 days ago | 1 comment

I've heard travel to CO from USA is blocked until September. Any news on this and may this change anytime soon?

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How to get SMS verifications for banks while traveling?

 

by @jackgopack | 5d 5 days ago | 38 comments

Any suggestions for seamlessly receiving SMS Verifications from US financial institutions and other sites while traveling internationally continuously? Wonโ€™t keep my US Verizon account due to cost and currently plan to use local sims at each destination (T-Mobile and Project Fi are NOT an option as they terminate for continuous roaming). In summation, I wonโ€™t have a US mobile account.

Unless Iโ€™m missing something, which is very possible, this appears to be the single most complex issue Iโ€™ve encountered in my preparations, and one that no one addresses. I would greatly appreciate any possible solution that works 100% of the time. Canโ€™t afford surprises in this regard. Many Thanks! Jack.

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 6d 5 days ago | 670 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™s your name?
  • where are you from?
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  • what has been memorable for you so far?
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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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by @viktor | 9d 9 days ago | 1 comment

I'm thinking about taking a sailing (yachting) course in the Mediterranean Sea this coming September or October. Thus far from my research, it seems that most courses are held in locations with not many digital nomads. My thinking is that it would be more fun to go to a place with like-minded people. Therefore, I'm wondering if anyone else is interested in taking a sailing course in the Mediterranean this fall? If not, do you know a location that offers good sailing courses, where there is also many digital nomads / nomad infrastructure?

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Hi everyone,

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Thanks!

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What are the best blogs by individuals who have started businesses in Southeast Asia?


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Hey everyone,

Looking for blogs by individuals who document their progress/business in South East Asia - ideally Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos - but also Thailand/Myanmar too.

Thank you,

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Bali to focus on attracting remote workers when the island reopens for tourism


by @levelsio | 23d 22 days ago | 0 comments

When reopening for tourism, Bali says it will focus on attracting remote workers to choose the island as their workplace:

"We will focus on a new pattern of how Bali is not just for leisure, but indeed to work in Bali as well"

thebalisun.com/bali-tourism-will-target-digital-nomads-and-those-who-work-online/

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by @levelsio | 23d 22 days ago | 10 comments

Finally found a site with proper info that's updated daily about which places will reopen made by Skift: reopening.travel/reopening/

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Any attorneys working remotely?


by @rohitsn | 26d 25 days ago | 3 comments

Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


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Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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What's the best SIM card you can get for traveling to Spain?


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Hi! I want to relocate to Spain and I was wondering if someone can recommend a SIM card with a good data package.

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How to get a UK residence address without renting/buying?


by @pavel_maximov | 29d 28 days ago | 17 comments

Background:
Iโ€™m an EU national IT specialist, recently decided to become a digital nomad. I just left my permanent job in Germany and opened a UK based LTD (for a better taxation) to start a new career as remote working IT contractor. I also want to become a UK resident and pay personal income tax there BUT I donโ€™t want to rent/buy a place because I have no interest in physically living in the UK, as a nomad I will be traveling abroad 100% of the time.

So I just need a UK address where Iโ€™m registered as a resident and could receive mail, but I would never actually be there. I could rent a place and keep it empty but that would be a total waste of money.

Question:
How do I find somebody who could give me an official residence at his/her address and keep my name on the door? Iโ€™m ok with paying a reasonable monthly fee for this โ€œserviceโ€ (but not as high as a rent), and give assurance in whatever form that I will never pretend to physically live there. I have no close friends in the UK to ask for this favor, and trying to propose this to a random landlord would be just weird since they are not familiar with the needs of a digital nomad.

Maybe you guys can suggest me somebody who understand the situation and want to make some extra cash every month to pay the bills? Iโ€™m ready to meet in person, provide full proof of identity or any other document, and to make a written agreement that gives the landlord the freedom to cancel this โ€œsituationโ€ at any time.

Note:
This is NOT for tax evasion, itโ€™s the opposite! I WANT to pay full tax as UK resident, I just donโ€™t want to waste money on a rent which I will literally never use.

I would be very grateful for any advice!

Pavel

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Can you recommend any great freelancing videos?


by @nikk | 1mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

Hey Community, Did you ever come across any YouTube videos that sold the freelancing gig to you? That taught you how to freelance? Where to start? The good and bad points of freelancing? or just follow any YouTubers that specialise in freelancing (for inspiration)?

I'd be interested in learning more...

Thanks in advance.

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How does Ireland tourist visa length and recurrence work?


in Ireland by @nrgetik | 3mo 2 months ago | 2 comments

Iโ€™m planning a stint in Ireland and Iโ€™m wondering about the 90-day tourist visa. Official information just mentions the 90-day limit without elaboration. Is it akin to Schengen where itโ€™s counted against the most recent 180-day period? Iโ€™m asking because I might like to take trips to the continent flying out of Dublin, but I donโ€™t know how I should account for the days Iโ€™m gone if I do that. Do I stop the 90-day clock for Ireland while Iโ€™m away, or should I make sure Iโ€™m gone from Ireland <= 90 days after my initial arrival date, regardless of where else I go during that interval, just to be safe? What have others done?

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

by @mattlock | 3mo 2 months ago | 33 comments

Hoping to see all the cool stuff people are working on while they live an extraordinary life.

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