How to Set Up a One-Time Payment Subscription

April 22, 2022

Jotform supports a handful of Payment Processors that would allow you to collect payments through your forms. You can sell products, get a user-defined amount, collect donations, or sell subscriptions.

When dealing with subscriptions, you may need a way to charge your customers a one-time payment instead of a recurring one. This will be the focus of this article – to set up your form with a one-time payment subscription.

We will not cover all the payment gateways since the workflow and setup are relatively the same. What stays constant would be the Payment Type – it should be set to “Sell Subscriptions”.

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Below are a few examples of some of the most popular payment processors, and how you can set up a subscription with a one-time payment.

Number of Payments

For PayPal, Authorize.Net, 2Checkout, and BluePay, it’s really straightforward, just set your subscription’s Number of Payments option to “1”.

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This means your users will only be charged once.

How to Set Up a One-Time Payment Subscription in Stripe

This payment processor doesn’t have an option to set the Number of Payments. So, as a workaround, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click the Add Subscription button.
  2. Click the newly added product’s gear icon.
  3. Set the base price to “0”.
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  1. Scroll down to the Set Custom First Payment Cost option – set it to “Yes”.
  2. Enter your desired one-time charge in the First Payment field.
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  1. Add the subscription’s details like Name, description, and image.
  2. Click the Save button to save the changes.

So, what happens with this setup? It would charge your users based on the Custom First Payment Cost and will never be charged again since the Price is set to “0”. And knowing that it’s a first payment cost, they will only be charged once.

How to Set Up a One-Time Payment Subscription in Braintree

Braintree users need to set up the number of billing cycles within Braintree. For more information, visit Recurring Billing | Billing Cycles – Braintree Support Articles (paypal.com)

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