16 Recurring Billing and Subscription Management Software Solutions

recurring billing software

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.

Tony Mariotti

Tony Mariotti is COO at Friendbuy, the marketing platform that makes it really easy to launch a customer referral program. A/B test and optimize your refer-a-friend campaigns without developer headaches. You can follow him on Twitter.


12 thoughts on “16 Recurring Billing and Subscription Management Software Solutions

  1. Thanks for including ChargeOver! We’re always happy to help founders choose the best recurring billing solution for their products. It’s not always ChargeOver’s stellar API or UI, but we’re super happy when it is. If you can build it, we can bill it!

  2. Thanks for the effort, but this is little more help than just Googling the topic.

    It would be useful for the audience, which I assume is interested in buying their services, to know something other than their home screen, bland marketing information, like what would their service package look like, such as what actual pieces of the customer sales cycle they provide such as email confirms, reminders, invoices, help desk or knowledge base tools.

  3. Hi Cody, here are the main ones which helped us make the decision. It’s secure and cloud-based – the whole thing is managed online. You can have branded collection so you’re clients aren’t getting confused by other collection company names on bank statements (really key for us!) And something we’ll be using much more in the coming weeks, their API integration.

  4. Choosing a provider with brandable customer communications is a big deal. Good work, Chris!! On Inbound, I don’t need to emphasize the importance of carrying your brand voice — and visual style — throughout all of your customer facing materials. This includes the invoice, payment receipt, and any other transactional emails. Don’t settle for anything less.

  5. Tony, thanks for putting together this list. I’d like to propose Avangate to this list as well… as a comprehensive “one stop shop” for software and digital goods companies. With over 4000 customers, and a global presence – they should be on the shortlist as well! Thanks for your consideration.

  6. I would suggest Dharma Merchant Services – is a socially responsible San Francisco-based credit card merchant services provider known for its transparency and low prices.

    Fun Facts about Dharma:
    • In 2007, Jeff Marcous leveraged his experience to found Dharma, intent on bringing transparency to a normally shady business
    • We now serve thousands of small businesses in retail and service industries, and are a favorite of nonprofits
    • We were recently awarded “Best of Category” and “Best for Workers” awards
    • We are one of the first Certified BCorp companies in California
    https://www.dharmamerchantservices.com/

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