This article goes over what BackOffice is, the services offered through BackOffice, and how to enable it.


BackOffice is a service offered by Teachable to help you deal with some of the challenges posed by running an online school.  Schools that have set up the Monthly Payment Gateway or Teachable Payments can enable BackOffice for a 2% fee-per-transaction. BackOffice is not available for schools using custom payment gateways.

Currently, enabling BackOffice gives you access to the following services:

  • Automated Affiliate & Author payouts
  • Automated Affiliate & Author tax form collection
  • PayPal as a course payment option

Automatic Affiliate/Author Payouts

Teachable will automatically distribute payouts to affiliates and authors in your school via PayPal. Teachable distributes payouts to authors and affiliates every 30 days on the first business day of the month.

Affiliate/Author Tax Form Collection

Teachable will automatically handle and collect W-9 or W-8BEN forms from every affiliate and author that has made over $600 by the end of the year, as well as issue them a 1099 form before January 31st of the following year.

Enable PayPal - Optional

If you’d like to offer PayPal as a payment option for your students, BackOffice allows you to accept PayPal payments in your school when using Teachable's native payment gateways (Monthly Payment Gateway or Teachable Payments). Payments made via PayPal will be included in your Teachable Payments payouts on your selected schedule (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly), and in your regular monthly payout if you are using the Monthly Payment Gateway.

There are cases where PayPal will not be available as a payment options for students on Teachable's native payment gateways, even with BackOffice enabled. These specific instances are as follows:

  • Currencies outside the United States (PayPal is only available in USD at this time)
  • Recurring payments (subscriptions and payment plans) where a coupon is applied at checkout
  • Recurring payments (subscriptions and payment plans) where an order bump is applied at checkout

Read more about PayPal and other payment options for your students.

Enabling BackOffice

If you did not opt-in to BackOffice through Teachable Payments onboarding—or if you’re using the Monthly Payment Gateway—opt-in to BackOffice by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Teachable school.
  2. Click on Settings in the admin sidebar and navigate to the Payments section.
  3. In the Teachable BackOffice section, click on the Enable Teachable BackOffice button.
  4. Click Enable BackOffice to confirm. Alternatively, if you want to disable BackOffice, you can click on the Disable Teachable BackOffice button.

NOTE: Once you have enabled PayPal Payments through BackOffice, no further action items are required for PayPal to display as a payment option at checkout.

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