July 15, 2015 | Posted By: Tony Mariotti

I remember when Friendbuy was looking for – and evaluating – recurring billing software several years ago. Thanks to the venture capital community piling into this area of great need circa 2007-2011, a fresh crop of subscription billing platforms came onto the scene all at once, filling big gaps in the market for B2B SaaS companies like Friendbuy. This market development was clearly a contributor (one of many) to the lean startup movement.

At that time, we were hunting for a resource (a list of subscription software vendors like the one created below) that we could quickly scan during our research phase. Instead, we used Google, but it was fairly tedious to look up each vendor and read about how these companies differed at a time when most of them had somewhat indistinct offerings.

Well, a lot has changed since then as most have carved out niches in the market — eCommerce, SaaS, SMBs, enterprise and so on.

Suffice it to say, these relatively turnkey, cloud-based payment solutions paved the way for the “subscription economy” by providing scalable infrastructure to bill thousands (nay, millions) of customers a relatively small chunk of change (say, $20 per month) in a highly-automated fashion.

For what it’s worth, recurring billing solutions represent a major cost savings in development time. Time I know you’d rather put to good use elsewhere in your business. Running an online business just keeps getting better every day!

I hope you find this list of recurring billing solutions a handy resource.

2Checkout

2checkout

  • Founded: 1999
  • Headquarters: Columbus, OH
  • Market position: Localized (globally) payment options
  • Pricing: Not provided on website

Aria Systems

aria systems

  • Founded: 2003
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Market position: Enterprise billing solutions
  • Pricing: Not provided on website

Authorize.net

authorize.net

  • Founded: 1996
  • Headquarters: American Fork, UT
  • Market position: Accept Payments. Anywhere.
  • Pricing: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction, $49 setup, $25 monthly gateway

Braintree (PayPal)

braintree

  • Founded: 2007
  • Headquarters: Chicago, IL
  • Market position: Works with multiple payment systems from Apple Pay to Venmo
  • Pricing: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction after your first $50k

Chargebee

chargebee

  • Founded: 2011
  • Headquarters: SP Infocity, India
  • Market position: Built for modern SaaS and subscription businesses
  • Pricing: Tiered, based on usage from $49 to $249+/mo.

ChargeOver

chargeover

  • Founded: 2011
  • Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN
  • Market position: Recurring & Subscription Billing for Growth Businesses
  • Pricing: Tiered, based on usage from $65 to $549+/mo.

Chargify

chargify

  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Needham, MA
  • Market position: Flexible, for any subscription business, multiple platform integrations
  • Pricing: Tiered, based on usage from $65 to $459+/mo.

CheddarGetter

cheddargettter

  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Bloomington, IN
  • Market position: Startup friendly, great reporting
  • Pricing: Tiered, based on usage from Free to $79/mo.

FastSpring

fastspring

  • Founded: 2005
  • Headquarters: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Market position: Highly customized order pages for desktop software and games
  • Pricing: 8.9% or 5.9% + $0.95

Fusebill

fusebill subscription billing

  • Founded: 2011
  • Headquarters: Kanata, ON
  • Market position: SMBs with subscription businesses
  • Pricing: $499/mo. + $0.35 per customer or Enterprise

Monexa

monexa

  • Founded: 1998
  • Headquarters: Vancouver, BC
  • Market position: For enterprise + sophisticated pricing plans
  • Pricing: Not provided on website

Recurly

recurly billing

  • Founded: 2010
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Market position: Trusted by top brands
  • Pricing: $99/mo. + 1.25% + $0.10 or $299/mo. + 1.25% + $0.10

Stripe

stripe subscription management

  • Founded: 2010
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Market position: One-stop shop for payments and infrastructure (API)
  • Pricing: 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction

Vindicia

vindicia

  • Founded: 2003
  • Headquarters: Redwood City, CA
  • Market position: Enterprise subscription billing
  • Pricing: Not listed on website

Zoho

zoho payments

  • Founded: 2005
  • Headquarters: Pleasanton, CA
  • Market position: Manage entire customer lifecycle
  • Pricing: $49/mo. (plus fees from whatever payment gateway you choose)

Zuora

zuora recurring billing

  • Founded: 2007
  • Headquarters: Foster City, CA
  • Market position: Feature-rich
  • Pricing: Not listed on website

Did we miss any?

I did a pretty comprehensive look around. Are there any recurring billing vendors I missed? Let me know in the comments below. I’m happy to add more to this list!

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Hey, if you’re in the SaaS game and doing some serious thinking about your pricing model, the resources below have served me and the Friendbuy team very well over the years. These guys are the gold standard!

  • Click to search on all of Lincoln Murphy‘s fantastic work on pricing pages, SaaS pricing and general all-around sagacity.
  • Tom Tunguz also goes deep on pricing for SaaS businesses.

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