Chargify offers up a versatile solution for businesses that need to figure out how to work with customer payments. The application can handle recurring credit card payments and subscription services. To keep things simple, Chargify works with clients so they can focus on creating their product or service while Chargify adapts to keep payment options accessible and budget friendly for the business. The user signs up, defines their products, links to their brand’s hosted website or integrates the Chargify API into the site, then bills customers.
Founders Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser created Chargify to be a web 2.0 recurring billing solution for businesses. The application offers a simple approach to set up that allows the user to create a seamlessly integrated payment method for clients. Chargify works with web 2.0 and SaaS companies. Chargify is capable of handling small business clients as well as larger companies that need to bill thousands of recurring payments every month. By offering such a flexible, easy to use solution, Chargify has become a popular choice for many business owners that need a better way to bill customers.
There are many different payment solutions out there. Very small businesses often prefer to go with methods like Paypal, however these can be cumbersome and come across as a little less professional. They offer no branding and charge lots of fees. Chargify offers small to large businesses a better way to manage and bill client accounts. The application is designed to integrate into the user’s website so the customer experience stays simple.
The Chargify website uses green, black and white colors to create a professional yet eye-catching site design. New user can quickly navigate the site using dark grey tabs found along the top of the homepage. Simple green icons create an ideal contrast in the black header, complimented by the white and green Chargify logo. The site contains no clutter or obstacles to distract visitors from learning about the application and what it can do for their business.
A new user can create a Chargify account by clicking on the white “Pricing and Sign Up” tab at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The user can click the red “Sign Up” button that corresponds with the membership type they would like to purchase. The registration form asks for a name, email address, password, company name and email address, and credit card information for billing.
Chargify seems to focus on keeping things simple, even when it comes to billing clients. Users are not charged a per transaction fee. Instead, they only have to pay a flat monthly fee. There are five account types to choose from. The first, which is called the Developer, is free and allows for zero customers (but does allow test customers), community support, how to guides, API access, secure hosting signup pages, level 1 PCI compliance, iPhone application access, and Dunning management. The next level up costs about $40 per month and upgrades to 10 customers and includes connect real gateway, The Start membership costs about $100 per month and upgrades to include 500 customers and 24 hour phone support. The Grow membership costs about $350 and includes up to 2,000 customers. The most expensive membership is the Max, which costs about $1,000 per month and allows for up to 10,000 customers.
Chargify is ideal for a growing business. The flat monthly fees keep it simple, but they may be a little high for a very small business or individual professional. Users can easily integrate payment systems into their website so the customer on the other end enjoys an easy, convenient experience.