For businesses that run on a subscription model, automated recurring billing is a highly-recommended merchant service that offers a win-win situation for merchants and consumers alike. Sometimes referred to as recurring payments, this feature has multiple applications for a variety of businesses, including subscription services, dues-charging memberships, charitable organizations and utilities.
Practically any business that needs to charge the same amount to the same payment card on a regular basis can benefit from automated recurring billing. At TransFirst®, we offer a recurring payment option as part of the merchant services included in our web-based payment gateway, Transaction Express®. By creating a “customer wallet”, merchants can store payment information along with a customizable recurring profile that contains specific payment terms that have been agreed upon by the merchant and the customer.
One of major advantages of recurring payments with Transaction Express is that they can be fully automated for the convenience of merchants and customers. The merchant enters the charge amount once, selects how often it will be billed to the customer’s credit or debit card (weekly, monthly, yearly) and TransFirst takes care of the rest, including emailing a receipt to the customer when their card is billed.
Automated recurring billing offers efficiency, convenience and simplified service that frees up merchants to concentrate on other aspects of their business, including management and growth. Customers — especially those who prefer to pay with plastic — appreciate the recurring payment option since they never have to worry about remembering when a payment is due and mailing in a check on time.
In addition to recurring payments, Transaction Express provides a number of other important features that can help simplify running your business. These include real time secure payment processing using any device with Internet access, support for all major credit cards and signature debit card transactions, direct swipe via a USB cardreader which qualifies transactions for lower processing rates, a multi-merchant/multi-user platform, batch processing and customizable reporting.
Another useful feature is the hosted payment button tool that lets online merchants and organizations create Pay Now buttons that website visitors can use to purchase items, pay invoices or make donations. Give your customers the seamless checkout experience they expect by automatically routing them to a secure, TransFirst-hosted payment page featuring your logo where they can they enter their payment data directly into our server, relieving you of the responsibility of receiving, storing and transmitting sensitive cardholder data.
Recurring billing is just one of many convenient and easy-to-use merchant services from TransFirst that will help streamline the way you run your business. Contact one of our trained representatives today to find out how our products and services can bring out the best in your business.