Working with a credit system
You can offer your clients the option to pay you with credits they received from you or that were bought in the web shop associated with your SuperSaaS account. Provided credits are shown as currency, clients can even use their credit in combination with online payment.
The credit system is an easy way to provide discounts and handle refunds. You can provide new customers with a starting credit, which is automatically applied to their first purchase(s). Similarly, you can give credit in, for example, dollars or euros to individual customers, which provides them with a discount towards their next purchase. This can also be useful to refund a booking, without money changing hands. You could even give clients unlimited credit if you have some other payment arrangement with them.
Another way to use the credit system is to allow your clients to buy credits from your web shop and use them to pay for services and/or resources provided by you. You can set an expiration date or have them be valid indefinitely. For example, a student might pay $200 for 10 lessons of $20 each, which he can then book at his own convenience and without having to pay for each individual lesson. You can choose whether credit is shown as currency or in credits. In the previous example, we could have sold 10 credits for $200 and each lesson would cost 1 credit. These credits function like a regular currency – you could price something at, say, 1.5 credits – but they can only be obtained upfront. If, instead, credit is denominated in your local currency, clients can partially pay with credit and pay the remainder via PayPal, for example.
Enabling the credit system
- On the Process tab, under Require payment or approval?, select and click at the bottom of the screen. This will take you back to the Overview tab of the configuration screen.
- Select the Process tab again and click the link to the right of the Require payment or approval? section header.
Under “Credit System”, select either the second or third option. Depending on whether you want to use credits primarily to provide discounts and refunds to clients (option 2: Each client has a credit level; positive credit will be applied towards the next purchase) or have your clients use credits to pay for services and/or resources (option 3: All transactions are done with credit; the client needs to obtain credit before booking).
If you would rather work with credits than with currency, select the radio button under option 3, that says:.
When you enable the credit system, a credit field will be added to each of your clients’ profiles. If a client has credit, it will be applied to their next transaction. A non-zero credit is shown in the top-right corner of your client’s screen.
If you would like to show a message at the top of your web shop page, you can edit and format it on this page as well.
- Click . This will take you back to your Dashboard.
Configuring a starting credit
- On the right-hand side of your Dashboard, under the section “Users”, select the option Access Control
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen, where you’ll find the section Should new users receive a starting credit?
- Provide the credit level that new customers should start with. If you want to reset the credit level for existing clients to this level on the first day of every month, you can do so by checking the checkbox under this section
- Click . This will take you back to your Dashboard
Managing an individual client’s credit
- On the right-hand side of your Dashboard, under the section “Users”, select the option User Management
- Find the customer whose credit you want to manage, either by scrolling through the list or using the search function, and click the “edit” icon on the right of the client’s details
- Enter the value into the credit field. If you want to provide this client with unlimited credit, simply enter a minus sign (−) into the credit field
Setting up your web shop
In order to sell credit and/or products in your web shop, you need to have a payment provider. By default the system uses PayPal, see “Setting up PayPal” for details, or you can configure another payment provider.
- Assuming that you haven’t yet added any items to your web shop for any of your schedules, go to your Dashboard and select the option Payment Setup under the yellow section ‘Preferences’. This takes you to the Payment Setup screen
- Under the section “Credit System”, select the link . This takes you to the ‘Shop Management’ screen
- Click and fill out the fields as desired. Note that by offering more value in credit than is paid for in currency you can make it attractive for clients to pay with credits. If you intend to sell expiring credits, enter a time frame in the “Expiry time” field. The Supervise page on the Shop Management screen shows the history of credit purchases. The buyer can view their “Purchase history” on their “Your settings” page.
Note that once you have added at least one item to your web shop, a Shop Management option is added to the Applications section of the menu on the right-hand side of your Dashboard as well as on various configuration screens.
Adjusting expiring credits
If you need to remove expiring credits that were bought in the shop, you would want to do so on the Supervise section of the Shop Management page. Although you can adjust an individual’s credit on the User Management page as described above, doing so with expiring credits could lead to a situation where the credits get deducted twice: Once due to the manual adjustment, and a second time when the purchase eventually expires. (Credits cannot go below zero, but they could inadvertently be removed from a subsequent purchase.)
On the “Supervise” page the history of still-valid credit purchases have an “Expire Now” icon next to them. If you click on this icon, the credits expire immediately and the remaining credit from that purchase is taken away from the user. The “Expire now” icon now turns into an “Undo” icon which allows you to revert the action.
Similarly, if you manually increase a user’s credits they will not be part of any package, and will therefore never expire. If that’s not desired you would need to “act as” the user and buy an expiring credit package on his behalf.
Testing payment in the shop
You can test the payment process using our test payment button. It simulates the payment process without using a third party provider. It becomes available when you switch on the Test Mode. By using the test button you can easily experiment with buying things without having to go through the checkout process.
To activate the test button, go to the bottom of the Payment Setup page. Under Gateway Settings check the option A blue test button will now appear next to your products on the Shop page.
Getting to your web shop
How will your clients find your web shop?
If a customer does not have any credit and you sell at least one item in your web shop that yields credit, the system will automatically show a “buy credit” link above the schedule.
This link is created by using the magic word
$auto in the standard text above the schedule.
Hence, if you put your own text there, the link won’t be visible anymore, unless you reveal it again by adding
$auto to your text.
Alternatively, you could use the magic word
$shop in the text above the schedule. This generates a link to the shop that is always visible, even if your customer has sufficient credit.
- On the Configuration screen of your schedule, select the Layout tab
- Scroll down to the section “Custom messages”
Edit and format your message in the field labeled Message to show in the white space above the schedule.
To automatically show a buy-credit-link if a client does not have any credit, include the magic word
$autoin your message. This will reveal the text “Please buy credit before creating a new reservation”. You can edit your own reservations by clicking on them when the client does not have credit.
If, instead, you would like to create a permanent link to your shop, then you should use the magic word
$shop. For example, "Please buy credits in our
$shop" will generate the message “Please buy credits in our ”, where the word shop is a link to your web shop.
An alternative way for your clients to get to your web shop is via thelink. This is located next to their credit level in the “Edit your information” screen, which is shown upon selecting Your Settings in the upper-right corner of the screen.
The message at the top of the shop page can be edited and formatted on the Payment Setup screen, under the section “Credit System”.