Common Billing Scenarios with Chargify

Chargify’s flexibility supports a wide-range of recurring billing scenarios. Get up-and-running quickly with Chargify’s public signup pages or use our API to seamlessly integrate your website or application.

Total Control and Flexibility

Fine tune your billing scenario with the following options.

Multiple Payment Methods

Allow your customers to pay with credit card, invoice billing, ACH or PayPal.

Trial Periods

Set up free or paid trial periods based on any duration of days or months.

Setup Fees

Setup fees can be charged on signup or after a trial period expires.

Billing Expirations

Bill every period until cancelled or automatically stop after so many days or months.

Charge Tax

Choose what products/plans are subject to taxes. Automatically calculate and bill based on location.


Quickly create compelling coupon and discount offers to support sales and marketing needs.

Calendar Billing

On signup, bill the full amount or prorate and bill on the same calendar day every period.

One-Time Charges

Manually add one-time charges to any recurring subscription at any time.

Billing Scenarios

Below are the most common billing scenarios we support at Chargify. Mix and match to handle more complex scenarios, then add the options above to get exactly what you need.

1. Fixed-Price Recurring Billing

The simplest and most common recurring billing scenarios. Simply enter the recurring price and billing cycle duration (weekly, monthly, annually, or custom) and you’re ready to go.

Example: A SaaS company charges $100/month or $1,000/year

  • A marketing agency charges $2,000 every 3 months
  • An eCommerce site ships a mystery box for $25/month
  • A yoga studio charges their customers $10/week

2. Quantity-Based Billing (Add-Ons)

Allow your customers to select the desired quantity of products or services they need such as a number of users or servers.

Example: A SaaS company charges $25/per user/month

  • A SaaS company charges a fixed monthly amount such as $200/month for 5 users plus $25/month for additional users
  • A web hosting company charges $99/month for each server
  • An HR firm charges $500/year for each company employee

3. Metered Billing (Charge for Variable Usage)

Easily bill your customers based on usage at the end of their billing period. Metered billing is perfect for variable charges or billing for overages.

Example: An online data storage company bills $20/month for 100GB and $5 for each additional GB used

  • A website hosting provider charges $50/month for 10,000 pageviews and $.01 for each additional pageview
  • An eCommerce platform charges customers 1% of their revenue each month
  • A telecom company changes $.05/minute for phone usage each month
  • A marketing company charges a 10% fee based on monthly ad spend

4. Bundled (Rolled Up) Pricing

Provide a variety of products or services and allow your customers to select the desired “bundle” based on their needs. Perfect for a la carte pricing.

Example: A domain registrar offers monthly services for email hosting, website hosting, and marketing services

  • A SaaS company charges $100/month, plus $10/month per user, and offers a high priority support option for an additional $50/month
  • A communications company allows customers to select any combination of TV, internet, and phone services

5. Multiple Subscriptions per Customer

Associate multiple subscriptions to any single customer. This allows for unique billing scenarios where customers need to be billed for multiple subscriptions at different intervals.

Example: A web hosting company charges $100/year for hosting and $5/month for a static IP address

  • A SaaS company charges $500/year and has an optional $25/month high priority support subscription
  • A CPA firm changes customers $500/year and monthly hourly rates for services used

6. Customer Specific Pricing (Name Your Price)

Customized recurring charges for each customer. Each pricing scenario can be defined internally (set custom price) or externally (name your price).

Example: A non-profit accepts recurring donations where the donor can define how much they want to give each month

  • A large sales organization wants to close deals faster, so they allow their sales agents to customize every price in negotiations
  • A SaaS company sells many recurring products, and each customer has their own custom recurring price for each service
  • An open source project is free but accepts recurring donations to support the project

If you don't see your scenario listed, let's chat.