Overview
A key extension of subscription that most big product and service merchants provide these days, is pre-paid billing! While the subscription frequency remains the same, pre-paid billing helps merchants get the revenue upfront, lock-in the customer, and enjoy their wallet share and loyalty for a longer period. From a customer's standpoint, pre-paid payment often comes with some discount, which is attractive!

Functionality
Appstle has recently introduced the pre-paid billing functionality, which enables you, the merchant, to provide the option for your most loyal customers who love your products and services, to pay upftont, for their upcoming orders.

To configure pre-paid billing in Appstle Subscriptions, please follow the below steps.

Step 1: Login to your Merchant Portal for Appstle Subscriptions, on Shopify

Step 2: Click on 'Subscription Plans'

Step 3: Create a subscription plan

Step 4: Enter the required details such as Plan Name, Delivery Frequency, etc.

Note: In the case of pre-paid subscriptions, the delivery frequency is not connected to the billing cycle, and refers just to the time gap between each delivery.

Step 5: Select the products for which you want the pre-paid subscription plan to apply to

Step 6: Once you have filled in all the details, please update the 'Billing Frequency' to the number of days/weeks/months that you want to allow your customers to pay upfront.

Note (Illustration): In the below screenshot, I have set the billing frequency for pre-paid subscription to be 3 weeks. Given that the delivery frequency (in my screenshot) is 1 week, with this plan, I will be enabling my customers to pay for 3 deliveries upfront!

Step 7: Click on 'Save'. Your customers will now see the option to pre-pay for their subscription of the products that are a part of the plan.

If you have any other questions regarding setting up pre-paid billing. Please reach out to us at subscription-support@appstle.com, or just ping us through the chat widget on our app. Our 24x7x365 available experts will be happy to assist you further.

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