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    Payment method subscription service

    First of all, not sure whether I chose the right category.

    So here is my problem. I am a website designer working in Dubai. I want to offer customers a subscription service, so they pay a monthly fee and I design, build, maintain, update and host their website. Everything is going fine, despite the payments. I'm not sure how I will let customers pay for this service. Let's say if I have a few hundred customers, I guess it would be really inconvenient and inefficient if I had to send a invoice/bill to those few hundred companies each month for a relatively low price. Then I also have to check if they have paid on time etc... Does anyone has a better idea on how to do my payment portal and how to integrate this in the right way on my website? How exactly does this work?

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    Christian

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    Not even sure what the question is?


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    Since you also offer hosting to your clients, I recommend looking into WHMCS - a popular all-in-one client management, billing, and support solution for online businesses (widely used by web hosts).

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    How to, and which payment portal to use with subscription service web designing

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    To give some extra information.

    Is it really needed to make customers visit us and use their CreditCard data to start a recurring fee? And then automatically receive the money? Or is it also possible to do this all online?

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    You should be able to do all of this online - search Google for "receive recurring payments" and you'll see dozens of options, from the typical payment processors who offer this (Stripe, PayPal, many traditional CC processors) to more niche companies that specialize in recurring/subscription payments.

    Personally, I use Freshbooks for invoicing, which allows me to automatically send recurring invoices to clients via email or post, and keeps track of those invoices so I can tell at a glance who has paid and who is past due. Clients can pay their invoices online using a credit card, and funds get deposited automatically in my account. If you also do a lot of hourly billing and/or invoicing, that might be a solution worth looking into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by khenney View Post
    You should be able to do all of this online - search Google for "receive recurring payments" and you'll see dozens of options, from the typical payment processors who offer this (Stripe, PayPal, many traditional CC processors) to more niche companies that specialize in recurring/subscription payments.

    Personally, I use Freshbooks for invoicing, which allows me to automatically send recurring invoices to clients via email or post, and keeps track of those invoices so I can tell at a glance who has paid and who is past due. Clients can pay their invoices online using a credit card, and funds get deposited automatically in my account. If you also do a lot of hourly billing and/or invoicing, that might be a solution worth looking into.
    I agree on the Freshbooks. Being in school and not doing this full time I get away with the $20/mon but if/when I need to scale up I still feel the cost is still very fair.

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    Are you a designer or a developer?

    If you're the latter and really understand a framework, you can build a lot of what you want yourself. That's what I did. I have a timekeeper app that logs the time I spend on each client, with a portion of the app devoted to generating other charges (e.g. hosting, other services that are on a retainer basis). Once a month, I run a second program that sends off the bills and then I record the payments in a third portion of the app.

    Mind you, that's not for everyone. It's pretty much for hardcore code lunatics like me.
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    Stripe is good, PayPal has no option for subscription payments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Resellers UK View Post
    Stripe is good, PayPal has no option for subscription payments
    PayPal most certainly does handle recurring payments, and has for many years. https://www.paypal.com/pdn-recurring
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