What will I actually be paying per year?
Annual billing is often tempting because it offers a per user price that is slightly lower than monthly billing. However, annual billing requires you to pay for a full year either in advance, or by the end of the service year. As such, the true cost of annual billing should factor in the entire year.
The prices bolded below are the total upfront cost for a full year, for the minimum number of users for that tier.
- $25 per user per month
- Because you are billed annually, your minimum upfront cost is 25 x 12 = $300 (for a single user)
- Because you are billed annually and limited to 3 users at this price, your maximum upfront cost is 25 x 3 x 12 = $900 (for 3 users)
- $59 per user per month
- Because you are billed annually, your minimum upfront cost is 59 x 12 = $708 (for a single user)
- $119 per user per month
- Because you are billed annually, your minimum upfront cost is 119 x 12 = $1428 (for a single user).
When should I pay monthly instead of annually?
While there are many reasons why you would opt to pay monthly instead of annually (for example, the ability to switch CRMs whenever you want), one of the more straightforward reasons would be the duration of time you plan on using a CRM.
Listed below is the maximum duration of time you would need to use a CRM tier before it is more "worth it" to pay for a full year instead.
Copper only offers the option to pay month-to-month for their Basic tier (that is limited to 3 users).
- $29 per user per month (with a maximum of 3 users at this price)
- This is 16% more expensive than the monthly price billed annually.
- For a single user, you should opt for monthly billing if you plan on using Copper Basic for fewer than 300 / 29 = ~10 months.
- Limited to 2,500 contacts and 3 users, with no workflow or email automation nor bulk email capabilities. No integrations are available at this tier. 10 custom fields, and no custom reports.
- Limited to 15,000 contacts, no email sequences (i.e. drip campaigns), but bulk emailing and templates are available. Access to all of Copper's native integrations, but no custom embedded integration builds. More custom reporting tools than Basic, and unlimited custom fields.
- Everything in the Professional tier, with no limitations on contacts, access to your own integration builds, email sequences, goal tracking, and sales analytics.
Many CRMs offer a free version of their software with severe feature limitations. While appealing to small businesses or solopreneurs, most free versions are simply marketing tools to introduce new users to a paid tier and are not designed to be scalable.