Exploring the benefits and drawbacks of accepting recurring payments online, plus two time-tested options for your business.

Subscription models are a popular strategy for steady revenue and customer retention. But are they the best fit for your business? In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of subscription models and introduce two compelling alternatives that may be a better fit for your needs.

The Pros of Subscription Models: Steady Revenue & Enhanced Customer LoyaltySubscription models are a go-to for businesses looking to create predictable revenue streams. With a set amount coming in regularly, companies can better manage their cash flow, plan for future growth and invest confidently. The financial benefits continue. Subscriptions foster stronger customer relationships, enhancing loyalty. When customers commit to a recurring payment, they’re more likely to stay engaged with your brand longer. This consistent engagement can lead to increased customer lifetime value and more opportunities for upselling and cross-selling.

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The recurring payments market is expected to grow between 6% and 9% annually from 2023 to 2033, reaching a projected value of $268.7 billion.

Adopting a subscription model allows businesses to easily accept recurring payments online. This model simplifies the process of accepting direct debit payments and recurring credit card payments, ensuring a seamless experience for both the company and its customers. Plus, it makes it easier to predict revenue, allowing for better financial planning and stability.

With Rapyd Collect, you can create subscriptions that integrate into your website or application. This gives you all the financial benefits and makes it easy to manage and track subscriptions from your Rapyd dashboard.

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The Cons of Subscription Models: Potential Issues and Limitations

While subscription models offer many advantages, they do come with challenges. One significant issue is customer fatigue. Over time, customers might feel overwhelmed by the number of subscriptions they manage, leading to higher churn rates. To retain subscribers, businesses must continually provide value, which can be resource-intensive.

Another downside is the complexity involved in managing subscriptions—companies need robust systems to track subscription statuses, handle billing issues and process cancellations efficiently. Without the right tools, managing subscriptions can become cumbersome and detract from other business operations.

To solve these challenges, businesses should offer flexible payment plans and clear communication about the subscription’s benefits. Rapyd Collect customers have subscription plan options, including regular monthly billing with a fixed amount, periodic billing based on usage or varying rates depending on quantity.

Alternatives to the Subscription Model

Alternative 1: Flexible & Fair Pay-Per-Use Pricing

Pay-per-use (PPU), also known as pay-as-you-go (PAYG), consumer-based pricing, or metered billing, is a billing method that charges customers for the actual use of a product or service. Unlike subscription models with fixed monthly or annual fees, PPU charges customers only for what they use, making it particularly appealing to those hesitant to commit to recurring payments.

Implementing a PPU model provides a straightforward and transparent pricing structure, making it easier for customers to understand and trust. This model can attract a broader customer base, including those who prefer not to subscribe, by aligning costs with actual usage, which is seen as more equitable and customer-friendly. For businesses, this can lead to higher customer satisfaction and loyalty. This approach is beneficial for businesses with fluctuating usage patterns or seasonal demand.

Alternative 2: One-Time Purchases + Loyalty Rewards

When combined with loyalty and reward programs, the one-time purchase model is a powerful strategy for driving recurring purchases and customer loyalty. Businesses can enhance customer retention and boost long-term profitability by offering immediate revenue through one-time purchases and incentivizing repeat business with rewards.

Loyalty programs are highly effective in encouraging repeat purchases. A whopping  83% of customers are more likely to continue doing business with a brand that has a loyalty program. Furthermore, integrating a loyalty program with one-time purchases simplifies the customer experience while providing ongoing incentives to return.

For example, Starbucks has successfully integrated a loyalty program with its one-time purchase model. Their Starbucks Rewards program allows customers to earn stars with every purchase, which can be redeemed for free drinks and food items. This model drives repeat purchases and fosters customer loyalty without the friction of asking customers to sign up for a subscription. Starbucks reported that members of its loyalty program accounted for 52% of US company-operated sales in 2021.

By eliminating the complexities associated with subscription models and focusing on straightforward purchases coupled with engaging loyalty rewards, businesses can achieve quicker revenue realization and foster a dedicated customer base.

Rapyd supports one-time purchase models, making it easy for businesses to accept payments online quickly and securely. 


Rapyd’s solutions are designed to support your business, whether you choose a subscription model or one of the alternatives. With Rapyd, you can accept recurring payments online, accept direct debit payments and accept recurring credit card payments with ease. Build adaptable recurring business models with flexible pricing and payment plans, track subscriptions effortlessly and end them quickly when needed.
Get in touch with our sales team today to find out how to set up recurring payments online and find the perfect payment solution for your business.

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