Installments / Payment plans for events and memberships
Could Wild Apricot users offer their members an introductory trial rate for, say 30 or 7 days, followed by, say quarterly or six-monthly payments to spread the cost over the year?
That is very helpful during a recession, when many WA website users will find revenue dropping as their members cut back. To be able to spread payments looks very attractive to new prospective members: four quarterly payments of $10 is much easier on the budget than one payment of $40.
The introductory trial could be free, or at a pro-rata cost for 30 or 7 days. During the trial the member can cancel and either pay nothing (free trial) or pay just the pro-rata cost (low-cost trial). If he doesn't cancel, the next payment kicks in and is renewed automatically for each period chosen.
So a typical membership trial would look like one of these:
1. Free 7-day trial. Then $10 quarterly until cancelled.
2. $3.00 low-cost trial for 30 days. Then $20 every six months until cancelled.
We have an event that opened today and really needed the event to allow a $50 down payment.When you are dealing with 400 people you cannot manually be issuing invoices.
Charles, this topic is not about us, Wild Apricot, but about our customers and their members. So the second part of your comment makes total sense to me.
Charles Pena commented
This thread appears to have lumped two entirely unrelated issues here. It shows me voting for an item about installment payments for the cost of the WA platform. I never would have voted for this.
The issue that we desperately need is the ability to collect a small ~$150 to $300 deposit (Installment) and then at a later date the final payment of ~$1000 to $5000. Our kicker here is we want the deposit to be payable by PayPal but the final payment by Check Only.
We are a car club and need to print off membership cards with expiry dates. That means it's virtual impossible for us to offer monthly membership as a work around. We really want to stick with yearly membership with monthly installments. A free trial period would also be a welcome option
Regency Society of Virginia commented
Having the ability to accept a deposit for an event without having to create a separate invoice for the balance due would be extremely helpful.
Phillip Ferrier commented
For our Life Membership ($500) we'd like to have the option of members paying it off in payments of $50 each month.
I understand this would be a pretty large feature to integrate, so even member's having the ability to make partial payments to a member balance would be nice. I'm asking members to pay off their member balance, but a $500 lump sum is a bit much.
Would love to see trial membership at reduced rate that can be upgraded automatically and installment payments through PayPal. People do not know what we do and a trial membership would be great. Let them join at half price for a year with most but not all bennies then to renew they would have to pay full price for renewal. I do this now but it's really screwy they way it has to be done and not very professional. Also PayPal installments will increase membership because I get my cash now and PayPal collects from the payee.
Charles Pena commented
Break an event payment into 2 parts: deposit and payment balance. Balance would have a different due date.
Ed W commented
We would like installment plans for events.
better accounting/event management so that partial payments can be made for an event.
Nick Howe commented
Hi there. Would like to add my voice to this request. We are also a ski club and run multiple trips each year. As others have said, we generally take an initial deposit and then up to 3 other partial payments. Would be great to have this functionality. So far we haven't gone live on Wild Apricot, but if we had this functionality the board has said we would switch over immediately.
Phoenix Ski Club commented
Our trips are offered with payment schedules. We are only able to allow for an initial payment or a full payment. There is no way to go into the event and make further payments. Creating multiple events to handle this is unacceptable. We really need this capability to make Wild Apricot an acceptable solution for our club.
My organization is a member-owned photography gallery. There are 100 members. We have annual dues, but we allow those who can't pay all at once to pay half at renewal time and half later. It would be very helpful to allow a partial payment on membership renewals.
We are working on developing an event which will require a payment plan.
The total cost of the event is $375.
A $100 deposit will be due at the time of registration.
The remaining $275 will be due by the registration deadline.
It would be nice to have a payment plan option for this where members could pay any amount until the registration deadline.
Chuck Pena commented
Need to list in the registration that a deposit of $150 is due and can be paid by paypal or check. But need another line showing the balance that is due say $1500 but can only be paid by check (offline). We need the convenience of paypal when the fee is low but saving of checks only we he fee is now high for paypal.
Chuck Pena commented
This is huge. I currently have to create 2 events for each event to get a deposit first that accepts paypal and then another for the balance that doesn't accept paypal. If I do it in one and tell them to only pay x$ deposit the whole invoice not can be paid by paypal.
Pam Neidig commented
Could Wild Apricot develop the capability to support installment payments? We are a ski club and want to start offering our trips for sale via our website, but supporting online sales with current capabilities is rather cumbersome. I'm imagining a summary page that could be added as the final step when necessary in an event registration process where the registrant could specify the amount to pay now (with the balance remaining unpaid and to be invoiced).
My business model includes deposits...it creates a LOT of back office work because my customers are used to putting a deposit down for an event and pay the balance at the door. Financial commitment is CRUCIAL w/o them paying for the full event at one time. Hope this is something that can happen VERY soon...
Agree I would like this function also
When "online" payment is selected for renewing a membership, allow a partial payment of the fee and leave the remainder as a 'balance due'.