March 1st, 2014

Maintaining privacy online through Paypal

Hi all,

I couldn't find an answer to this on here, so I'm hoping you all in the comm can help me.
I'm hoping to make freelancing a regular thing for myself this year, and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things. I'm almost to a place where I feel I can hit the ground running...but there's one thing holding me back.

When I've received a Paypal payment, it always shows the person's full name. I believe it showed the same to the buyer (my full name) when they sent the payment.

I've since switched over to a business account, but I'm still a bit nervous. I have an uncommon name, and I'm afraid of commissioners overstepping boundaries in regards to that; I've already had a former customer track me down on LinkedIn (granted, they were wonderful to work with...but it caught me off guard that they found me!)

So, if you have any experience with business accounts, or commissioning, how do you maintain your privacy online? How do you ship your commissions if they're hard copies? Do you let customers see your real name? Does your real name not show up on your business account invoices?

Thank you!