Building a Versatile SaaS Revenue Infrastructure

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How to build a SaaS revenue infrastructure and how you can use it to generate a sustainable monthly income.

Generating revenue is the foundation of any business and, in the SaaS world, how this revenue is delivered to your company is vital. An often unexplored route to rapid growth and revenue gains is building a versatile revenue infrastructure stack for your SaaS business model that’s both effective and efficient.

Here, we take a look at and share our best practices to help you create your business’s versatile revenue infrastructure.

What Is a SaaS Revenue Infrastructure?

“Revenue infrastructure” is a term used to describe the systems, processes, and teams responsible for collecting payments. This infrastructure is necessary for customer acquisition and retention, making it possible to measure how your business is doing.

A stable revenue infrastructure will allow you to make a profit by receiving payments from customers while remaining compliant with tax, payment, and data protection laws in all the locations where your business operates. It’s important to think about this long-term because your infrastructure needs are likely to become more complex as your business scales.

What Makes a SaaS Revenue Infrastructure?

Let’s explore the 4 elements that form the various parts of a typical revenue infrastructure:

1. Payment Processing

Payment processing is the core of your SaaS business’ revenue infrastructure. Ask yourself: how can I make it as easy as possible for my customers to pay me for my product or service?

Besides the technical aspects of choosing a suitable payment processor, paying close attention to the following points will go a long way towards successfully reaching your revenue goals:

Customer Experience

The customer experience (CX) — or the interactions your customers have with your business during the entire purchasing journey — is one of the fundamentals of business success.

You never want to lose a potential customer due to a poor impression of the payment processing experience you are offering. Payments must, therefore, always be as simple, quick, and efficient as possible.

Secure Payment Process

Providing your customers with a secure payment process will set their minds at ease and go a long way towards achieving customer satisfaction. Your clients need to know that their payment details are safe and encrypted and will never fall into the wrong hands. Make sure this is all correctly set up, and then clearly communicate it to your customers to build their confidence and create a positive working relationship.

2. SaaS Billing Automation

Since SaaS businesses often deal with complex billing processes, it’s usually best to automate billing as much as possible. This will help avoid human errors and comfort your clients.

The best type of automated billing software companies should include the following elements:

Management of periodic and recurring charges

Tracking invoices and payments can become more difficult as you acquire more customers. An automated system will also mitigate any human error. This will enable you to run periodic and recurring charges, usage-based charges, and one-time charges, as well as send customized invoices when necessary.

Payment Management

Customers need to be notified if their credit card payments fail, their cards expire, or if there are outstanding payments or lapses. An automated billing system can handle all of these critical issues on your behalf so that nothing slips through the cracks.

3. SaaS Revenue Operations

Revenue operations are the business function that focuses on revenue, ensuring that the different teams in a business are on the same page. — e.g., You want your sales, marketing, and finance teams to work towards one common revenue goal.

It’s no longer just the finance or management team’s job to maximize revenue. All teams in a business work to execute cross-functional initiatives such as market expansion and revenue-model changes. Having a revenue operations infrastructure in place is key to increasing revenue, so it makes sense that this is a top priority.

Revenue Predictability

Another essential business goal is creating “predictable revenue.” This term means your revenue stays consistently measurable monthly, quarterly and yearly, making it easier to plan your growth and scale your business accordingly.

By tightly managing your sales funnel, you can create a framework that predicts how much revenue your business will bring in in the future, allowing you to correctly forecast and plan for growth.

Revenue Process

The revenue process runs from the point customers opt to buy your product until the revenue reflects fully in your business account. Because the customer experience is vital to your success, it’s essential to check that every step of your revenue process is transparent, efficient, and frictionless.

Make sure there are no speed bumps along the way, which could lead to negative customer experiences and, potentially, lost sales.

Revenue Growth

“Revenue growth” refers to the increase in a business’ sales from one set period to the next. This growth is usually expressed as a percentage and determines business trends that companies should closely monitor.

According to Revenue Rocket, a healthy growth rate for businesses in the IT space should be no more than 45%. “Firms that outrun this target are likely not growing profitably,” Revenue Rocket says. “They’re probably borrowing from the past with accumulated cash on their balance sheet, or they’re stealing from the future, sourcing funds from a credit facility or an investor. Neither scenario is good.”

Revenue Visibility

“Revenue visibility” occurs when a business can predict its future revenue or sales figures. SaaS businesses should aim for high visibility, which means you’re confident in your predictions. If there’s high revenue visibility, the rest of the employees in your business will likely also feel secure in following the processes put into place.

Sales Tax and Financial Compliance

Sales tax and general financial compliance can become a nightmare for SaaS business owners. The reality is that, as your SaaS or Software business grows, sales tax becomes more complicated, primarily if you operate across many different regions.

Read our article Sales Tax 101 to ensure you’re keeping this element of your business compliant. Then ask yourself: Are you adequately addressing all the relevant tax and compliance requirements throughout your revenue infrastructure?

Fraud Prevention

Fraud is a common issue for businesses that receive online payments. As such, SaaS businesses frequently encounter fraudulent practices, including account hijacking, payments with stolen credit card details, and disputes on legitimate transactions.

To avoid these scenarios, ensure you have a reliable, secure payment gateway and payment processor in place. They will work as your partner and trusted advisor to help you navigate these scenarios, which will affect your revenue if not carefully managed.

Customer Support

At some point, your customers may get stuck and have questions about their orders, payments, or subscriptions. It’s your job to make your support services as effective as possible for all things customer-related.

Remember: a negative experience can have a domino effect on many other aspects of your SaaS business model, such as customer retention and loyalty.

Analytics and Reporting

As a business, you need easy access to reports and analytics related to your revenue so that you can make quick, data-based decisions. Setting a centralized revenue infrastructure will simplify the reporting, analytics, and decision-making process.

Read on to explore 4 key elements of revenue infrastructure and 5 steps for setting up a rock-solid revenue infrastructure for your SaaS business on PayPro Global’s blog.