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Automated Billing System

Features, Integrations, Benefits, Costs

ScienceSoft applies 16 years of experience in corporate financial software development to help companies create robust billing solutions that help improve the speed and efficiency of billing workflows.

Automated Billing Software - ScienceSoft
Automated Billing Software - ScienceSoft

Automated Billing System in a Nutshell

An automated billing system is software designed to generate and send invoices, collect and process payments. It provides full visibility of the due and received payments and may cover the functionality of a customer portal

Custom billing software is particularly helpful for companies with a large and diverse client base, a wide range of products/services provided, non-standard billing models. Such solutions simplify compliance with region-specific invoicing regulations and offer advanced security of sensitive data.

  • Integrations: CRM, payment gateways, accounting software, and more.
  • Implementation timelines: 8–12 months for a custom billing system.
  • Development costs: $120,000–$350,000, depending on the solution complexity. Use our free calculator to estimate the cost for your case.

Ways to Set Up Billing Automation

Business automation software

Implementing off-the-shelf business automation software that comprises a digital billing tool and an automated payment system.

Pros: Establishing a cohesive business automation environment.

Cons: High subscription cost, chances to obtain a large share of unnecessary functionality.

OOTB billing software

Implementing market-available recurring billing software, which typically covers automated invoicing, payment processing, and tracking dashboards.

Pros: A fast and cost-effective way to leverage billing automation.

Cons: Pre-defined features and integrations, inability to evolve the solution when needed.

Custom billing system

Building a custom automated billing system to get all necessary functional and non-functional capabilities to digitalize your unique billing flows.

Pros: Getting a solution fully tailored to your billing needs.

Cons: Software design requires additional time and investments.

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Automated Billing System: Key Features

ScienceSoft creates state-of-the-art automated billing systems with functionality closely bound to each customer's unique needs. Below, we share a comprehensive list of billing software features typically requested by our clients.

User-defined billing models and invoice types

Support for all required billing models:

  • Order-/delivery-based billing.
  • Subscription billing.
  • Progress billing.
  • Retainer billing.
  • Contingency billing.
  • Collective billing.
  • Metered billing, and more.

Support for various types of invoices, including:

  • Standard invoice.
  • Credit invoice.
  • Debit invoice.
  • Mixed credit and debit invoice.
  • Commercial invoice.
  • Pro forma invoice.
  • Timesheet invoice.
  • Interim invoice.
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Amount due calculation

  • Automatically accumulating customer data, order/consumption data, costs of services rendered, and price info from relevant sources (e.g., ERP, CRM, a customer portal, an ecommerce website, a medical practice management system) in the billing workfiles.
  • Automatically calculating the amount due based on the pre-defined sequence and summarization rules.
  • Automatically calculating and applying taxes, discounts (including those on early payments), additional charges (e.g., interest on late payments, carriage, insurance), and billable expenses.
  • Recording the summarized calculations in the invoice summary workfile.
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Invoice generation

  • Automated invoice generation based on the data provided in the invoice summary workfiles.
  • Automatically generating and applying region-specific e-invoice elements, e.g., a unique QR code for e-invoice data validation for Saudi Arabia.
  • Customizable invoice templates.
  • Multi-language invoices.
  • Invoice validation based on SLA/billing guidelines.
  • Pre-defined triggers (invalid account, tax location, or invoice date) to identify suspicious invoices that require a manual check.
  • Signing invoices using an electronic signature.
  • Consolidated invoicing.
  • Multi-department invoice approval workflow support.
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Invoice submission

  • Automated invoice submission to customers via email, messaging apps, or an integrated customer portal.
  • One-time/recurring invoicing.
  • Advance/on-delivery invoicing.
  • Scheduled/on-the-spot invoicing.
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  • Automated payment processing via a custom payment gateway or third-party payment gateways (e.g., PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.Net).
  • Support of multiple payment methods, including bank transfers, wire transfers, ACH, credit cards, cheques.
  • Multi-currency payments, including cryptocurrency payments.
  • Co-payments under an insurance plan (for medical billing).
  • Partial payments, including deposit payment.
  • Split payments.
  • Automated payment collection by direct debit.
  • Automated allocation of received payments.
  • Cash refund/chargeback to the customer’s original payment method.
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Invoice tracking

  • Real-time invoice tracking by status: approved, sent, paid, partially paid, due, etc.
  • Configurable system notifications on the received payments, overdue invoices, and more.
  • (optional) Billing data recording and tracking in the immutable blockchain ledger.
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Dunning management

  • Scheduled email/in-app customer notifications on due and overdue payments.
  • Automated customer notification and payment retry in case of payment failure based on pre-set retry rules.
  • Automated customer notifications about upcoming payment card expiries.
  • Automated customer notifications on service termination for late payments.
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Customer self-service portal

  • Adding, saving, and updating personal info, billing details, including tax IDs, payment methods, payment card details.
  • Managing subscriptions (update, cancel, pause, etc.).
  • Paying bills through the portal.
  • Making advance payments.
  • Tracking paid and outstanding invoices.

Functionality for internal teams:

  • Portal configuration to match corporate branding.
  • Setting up location-based portal content and ads.
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Analytics and reporting

  • Rule-based and AI-powered forecasting of cash inflow, payment dates, and debt collection performance.

Customizable reports and dashboards on:

  • Invoice delivery and payment status.
  • Money paid/due/overdue, and discounts applied (by time period, customer, product, and more).
  • Tax summary (by time period).
  • (for subscription businesses) Key subscription metrics, including estimated monthly recurring revenue, customer lifetime value, churn and acquisition rates.
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Security and compliance

  • Multi-factor authentication.
  • Role-based access control.
  • Payment data encryption.
  • Invoice timestamping.
  • End-to-end audit trail.
  • Automated fraud detection.
  • Customer data retention and deletion policies.
  • Compliance with global regulatory standards, including GAAP, IFRS, SOC1 and SOC2, PCI DSS, SOX, PSD2 and GDPR (for the EU), ZATCA (for Saudi Arabia), HIPAA (for medical billing), and more.
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ScienceSoft’s Senior Business Analyst and Financial and Banking IT Consultant

To improve customer payment experience and speed up receiving of due payments, make sure your automated billing system supports a wide range of payment options, from traditional bank transfers to crypto payments.

Get Reliable Automated Billing Software

ScienceSoft’s team is ready to plan, build and support an effective automated billing system that helps companies reduce invoicing costs and get paid faster.

A Sample Interface of Automated Billing Solutions We Create

Invoice status check

Invoice e-signing

MRR KPIs dashboard

Configuring the dunning notifications schedule

Tax summary report

Customer self-service portal. User Profile page

Customer self-service portal. Subscription Management page

Customer self-service portal. Invoice Payment page

Important Integrations for Automated Billing Software

ScienceSoft recommends integrating billing software with the following systems to streamline invoice creation and ensure accurate recording and reporting of payment transactions:

Key integrations for the automated billing system - ScienceSoft

CRM

  • To enable consistent input of relevant customer data when generating invoices and instantly match payment details to the corresponding customer records.

Customer-facing apps

e.g., a servicing portal, a corporate website, an ecommerce platform

For fast distribution of billing documents and convenient customer access to the received invoices.

of banks or independent payment service providers (e.g., Stripe, PayPal) 

  • For smooth processing and real-time tracking of customer payments.
  • For the automated input of relevant data when creating entries in general ledger and subledgers.

NB: Direct integration with a revenue management system helps streamline revenue recognition under a subscription billing model.

  • To automatically populate product and service pricing details when generating invoices.

Delivery and utilization control systems

e.g., subscription management software, IoT systems of telecom providers and utility companies

  • To ensure accurate customer invoicing and rapidly enforce service termination in case of non-payment.

ROI Factors for the Automated Billing System

Our financial IT experts defined a range of important factors that help maximize the value and cost-efficiency of the automated billing solution.

Focus on security

To ensure the safety of payments, customer and financial data protection, as well minimize the risk of malicious user activities.

Advanced analytics

To obtain full visibility into the customer payment behavior, precisely forecast cash inflow, and timely initiate debt recovery activities.

No-code invoice template editor

To enable non-technical users to create custom invoice templates by applying a tailored billing data structure, country-specific requirements, and branding elements.

Mobile invoicing

To easily generate, send, track invoices, and monitor payments from customers on the go.

Billing Automation: Success Stories by ScienceSoft

A custom billing system is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution, but it can bring an impressive ROI for organizations with specific needs. Explore our featured projects to learn how recognized market leaders and public authorities benefit from custom billing software.

Automated Billing Software Implementation Costs

Pricing Information

Based on ScienceSoft's experience, average costs for building the automated billing system of moderate complexity vary between $120,000 and $350,000.

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Benefits of the Automated Billing System

Automated billing software is designed to streamline billing workflows, improve their efficiency and safety, and enhance customer payment experience. With a custom billing system, you get:

  • Up to 90%

    manual billing tasks eliminated.

  • Up to 80%

    cost savings from automated invoicing.

  • x2

    reduction in DSO due to quicker billing and convenient payment options.

  • 10%+

    monthly revenue recovered due to automated dunning management.

  • Improved

    customer satisfaction due to the simplified billing and payment process.

  • Minimized

    security risks due to advanced software and data protection mechanisms.

Implement the Automated Billing System with ScienceSoft

Since 2007, ScienceSoft provides full-cycle billing software development services to help companies design and implement high-performing and secure automated billing systems.

Automated billing system consulting

We introduce the optimal functionality, architecture, and tech stack for your automated billing system and provide expert advice on security and compliance. You also receive a detailed project roadmap and consulting on cost optimization opportunities.

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Automated billing system development

Our experts design and develop your automated billing software, run all necessary QA procedures, and integrate the solution with the required systems. You promptly obtain a top-quality solution and benefit from user training and after-launch support.

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Our Customers Say

The invoicing system created by ScienceSoft automates data integration from different sources, invoice generation, and provides visibility into the invoicing process. We have already engaged ScienceSoft in supporting the solution and would definitely consider ScienceSoft as an IT vendor in the future.

Heather Owen Nigl, Chief Financial Officer, Alta Resources

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is an automated billing software development company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. We help businesses build reliable billing software tailored to their invoicing and payment processing needs. Being ISO 9001- and ISO 27001-certified, we apply a mature quality management system and guarantee cooperation with us does not pose any risks to our customers’ data security.