Regardless of what type of business you run, chances are you’ll have some sort of online presence, and if you do, that probably means you need a speedy and efficient way of billing customers and clients, right? Well, I know from personal experience just how overwhelming the many different options can be at first sight, so I thought perhaps it would make sense for me to write a quick and to-the-point article highlighting some of the most valuable tools available to you at this time. Some of them are free to use, others may take a fee or commission, but all of them are very useful and eternally fair.
In the past, the marketplace was overcrowded with solutions that literally ripped people off. Fees were far too high for most businesses to consider viable, so thank god things have changed. Thanks to recent advancements in convergent billing it’s now easier than ever to deal with both prepaid and postpaid services at the click of a button. With this in mind, take a quick read down the rest of this page, and I’ll do my best to fill you in.
As a known, trusted and recognisable brand, many small businesses chose to utilise PayPal to begin with. With almost limitless market penetration and an integration so simple that a child could understand it, I would be recommending this to you all were it not for their high monthly company charges. Still, it’s good enough to make it onto this list, so who knows? In the future, their fees may decrease, which would surely result in them becoming the leading recurrent billing provider in the world.
Let’s face it, Google pretty much run the internet nowadays, so you’d expect their billing solutions to be top notch, right? Well, they don’t ask for a setup charge or monthly fee – which is obviously fantastic, but they’re currently working day and night to create a truly reliable recurrent billing option, as the feature is only currently in the beta stage. Still, keep your eyes peeled because I suspect, just like everything else they turn their hand to, Google are going to take over completely in 2014.
You’ve probably already heard about Sagepay, in fact, most of you have probably used it at some point over the last 5 years, but you might not realise that it was updated last spring and now runs far more smoothly than it previously did. With no setup charge or merchant account required, this has been the number one choice for small business users in the UK for quite some time. Though it currently doesn’t have a recurring payment facility, when used in conjunction with a program called Recurly, it does everything you’d ever want it to.
So there you have it my business owning friends. You should find that all three of the options I’ve just listed will be of use to you in various ways, so it really all depends upon the ins and outs of your business model and your specific personal requirements. Good luck making a decision!