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How Harvestr witnessed a growth of 15% on their MRR, with Chargebee

Harvestr grew with Chargebee’s freemium offering for early and growth stage startups to scale globally with automated EU VAT and billing operations.

Pre-Launch Requirements

Subscription Infrastructure part of launch

Harvestr designed their official launch of the paying product with Chargebee as part of the roadmap to accelerate the launch process by allowing easy subscription management.EU VAT WoesVAT Automation was an absolute essential for Harvestr. Evaluated Stripe with Octobat for VAT Automation, but the combination failed to serve as a full-fledged subscription management suite.

EU VAT WoesVAT

Automation was an absolute essential for Harvestr. Evaluated Stripe with Octobat for VAT Automation, but the combination failed to serve as a full-fledged subscription management suite.

Post Launch, increase in efficiency and gross MRR

Automated subscription operations

Everything from subscription creation to reactivation of expired subscriptions , to trial-to-paid conversions using Intercom, automating invoices and payment collection, is managed by Chargebee

EU VAT Automation and Scale across Europe

Harvestr seamlessly grew their gross MRR by 15% and scaled across Europe with EU VAT management, multiple payment options and multiple currency support.

Still unsure? Step inside and see what the future looks like.

The Problem


Harvestr was designed to be a subscription business right at inception, with monthly and annual recurring payments as well as a free trial for prospects to test drive the product. And like most businesses starting out, Harvestr evaluated Stripe as a natural choice to handle their recurring payments.Soon, they realized that Stripe alone was not equipped to handle the subscription and tax complexities at scale at that time. Stripe as a standalone solution natively did not handle actions such as being able to


  • Let customers enter their VAT number based on the location

  • Bill a customer inclusive or exclusive of tax based on the rules


And both of these requirements were critical for Harvestr to scale their business seamlessly. They had to use Stripe in conjunction with solutions that they’d either have to build by themselves, or along with OctoBat, so they did not have to go through the stress of handling EU VAT.





The Solution


After being awarded ‘Product of the Day’ on Product Hunt, the team at Harvestr realized they need a solid payment and subscription management infrastructure to seamlessly manage their customers.


The lookout for a solution like Chargebee started when Harvestr wanted to


  • Automate subscription management and recurring billing

  • Send contextual lifecycle emails based on subscription and trial states

  • Email tax-compliant invoices with accurate VAT rates


After evaluating solutions like Stripe with Octobat, Zuora, and Recurly, Harvestr zeroed in on Chargebee, after observing that Zuora isn’t designed for startups whereas Chargebee’s support was consultative and responsive compared to other solutions.


Once Harvestr finalized the business model and all the basics such as plans and lifecycle emails were set up in Chargebee, all they had to do was import their current users into Chargebee and then focus on launching the product successfully.





The Payoff


  • Automated Subscription Management: For Harvestr, the complete automation of their subscription management process all the way from when their user selects a plan, to sign up, invoice generation, and subsequent recurring payments every month has been a boon. That they have to spend minimal time to worry about any aspect of their subscription management has helped them focus on what’s central to growing their business. Being able to extend trials and reactivating subscriptions whose trials expired helps them engage and nudge trial users in activation.

  • Lifecycle emails for Trial to Activation via Intercom: Harvestr harvests the power of Intercom with Chargebee to nudge their trial users into activating their trial account by configuring a series of rule-based onboarding emails.

  • Multiple Payment Methods and Multi-currency options: For a global SaaS like Harvestr that’s based out of Europe, accepting payments in Euros and Dollars is critical. As they move upmarket, accepting offline and direct debit payments along with card payments becomes important. With Chargebee’s ability to accept multiple payment methods, Harvestr is able to scale across different segments and geographies seamlessly.

  • Automated tax compliance with EU VAT: Being based out of France and selling within and outside Europe, EU-VAT compliance is a must and Harvestr was certain that this component should be automated. Chargebee also eased data extraction from Chargebee in HGST format for Declaration of Services in Europe that would justify the VAT charged per country and per customer.




One of the important criteria for us was to have a solution that would scale with us in terms of pricing and the fact that Chargebee offered a generous free tier for startups was an important factor for us as well.

Valentin Huang, Co-Founder, Harvestr

Tech Stack

Finance

Chargebee, Stripe

Sales & Marketing

HubSpot, Intercom

Collaboration

Chargebee, Slack, Trello

Analytics

ProfitWell, Google Analytics, Heap

Success

Intercom, Harvestr

What we really appreciate about Chargebee is that, as soon as we have another need, such as accepting direct debit payments and the ability to track it, the feature already exists in Chargebee and can be implemented easily, without any extra code. That makes us confident that we can really scale with Chargebee.
Valentin Huang, Co-Founder, Harvestr