PayPal has spent the last few months adding more integrations to make sending money easier. Sure, some are gimmicky (like ‘friendship gift cards’), but a brand new feature to keep track of group purchases is nifty. The platform also started allowing people to send money over Facebook messenger — and now you’ll send invoices on that, too.
To do so, just open the ‘Extensions’ tray in Facebook messenger, choose PayPal, and make the invoice. the buyer hits the button marked ‘Pay with PayPal’ and completes the transaction using the platform’s One Pay system.
Sure, it’s just a plugin that routes existing PayPal functionality through Facebook Messenger’s chat. but it is a lot more convenient to bring services into an existing conversation than send a client off to an external website. It’s actually helpful for more professional exchanges, particularly to preserve purchases within a chronology of interactions, a la Slack. but there is nothing stopping you from using PayPal to invoice for self-employed or private business.