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Likelihood to Recommend

Hiveage

For a very small business or a freelancer this is an excellent billing/invoicing system. Easy to get set up and configured quickly so you can get paid online quickly. It works very well for what it is intended. But for a growing small business it doesn't have the more complex accounting/bookkeeping features you might need. There is some limitation to customization as well.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Paddle

We feel that Paddle is well suited in any software offering that requires an in-app purchase flow or a custom built subscription model. It's ease of set up and low overhead make it particularly attractive to small and medium businesses and software vendors that manage multiple products with a similar purchase pipeline.In very large platform scenarios, a fully custom solution might provide more flexibility since direct integration with the underlying payment processor can be built in-house. With this of course comes the cost of initial engineering and maintenance.
Ben Lachman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

Hiveage
Paddle
8.7
Product catalog & listings
Hiveage
Paddle
9.0
Product management
Hiveage
Paddle
9.0
Branding
Hiveage
Paddle
7.6
Mobile storefront
Hiveage
Paddle
9.5
Product variations
Hiveage
Paddle
9.0
Website integration
Hiveage
Paddle
10.0
Visual customization
Hiveage
Paddle
6.5
CMS
Hiveage
Paddle
9.0

Online Shopping Cart

Hiveage
Paddle
9.7
Abandoned cart recovery
Hiveage
Paddle
9.5
Checkout user experience
Hiveage
Paddle
10.0

Online Payment System

Hiveage
Paddle
10.0
eCommerce security
Hiveage
Paddle
10.0

eCommerce Marketing

Hiveage
Paddle
8.5
Promotions & discounts
Hiveage
Paddle
8.0
Personalized recommendations
Hiveage
Paddle
9.0

eCommerce Business Management

Hiveage
Paddle
9.0
Multi-site management
Hiveage
Paddle
10.0
Order processing
Hiveage
Paddle
10.0
Inventory management
Hiveage
Paddle
8.0
Custom functionality
Hiveage
Paddle
8.0

Pros

Hiveage

  • Setting up to receive online payments from a number of payment processors was quick and easy, and the range of processors was excellent.
  • Invoicing and recurring invoicing were easy and straightforward to use, and clients liked it as well.
  • The entire system is user-friendly and very easy to use for anyone. It has all the basics you need for billing/invoicing for a small business and is especially ideal for freelancers.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Paddle

  • macOS application licensing/trials
  • JavaScript-based purchase page for web
  • Webhooks
Andrew Liakh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Hiveage

  • Mobile app still needed some work, but they were going in the right direction.
  • Would like to see them add more accounting/bookkeeping functions.
  • Preferred the old pricing structure vs the current one.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Paddle

  • More detailed dashboard
  • Invoicing feature for accepting direct payments
  • It's better if they can offer lower transaction rates
Tarun Mangukiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Hiveage

Hiveage and FreshBooks are actually pretty comparable. I tested both before choosing Hiveage. At the time that I chose Hiveage, the reason for choosing it was that the pricing was cheaper with their old pricing structure (you could select what features you did and didn't need as "modules" and just pay for what you used). The pricing is now comparable and both offer the same features, and similar ease-of-use.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Paddle

Paddle has better customer experience than other offerings in its class. Provides a low overhead and quick setup solution when compared to direct Stripe integration. It is competitive on rates with other offerings and when features like frontline support, abandoned cart recovery, and user suggestions are factored into their offering, their rates are more than competitive.
Ben Lachman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Hiveage

  • Hiveage was perfect for my small business when I was smaller, and it worked well to get invoices paid online from clients quickly and easily.
  • The invoices were professional-looking, and the ease of use to make payments made clients happy.
  • Keeping track of time for billing to specific projects was advantageous as well.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Paddle

  • Paddle takes only 5% of sales, in comparison to 30% as Apple does.
  • We added browser extension in-app purchases thanks to Paddle, which now generate our revenue.
Andrew Liakh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Hiveage

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Paddle

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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