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Help Desk Software Price Ranges

Most Help Desk software are priced per user/per month, and their price ranges can be broken into three tiers, starting from $4 to $20, $20 to $70, and then $70 to $150. However, the premium and enterprise plans from some vendors may cost more than this. In addition, some products have perpetual licenses that must be purchased with a one-time fee. For example, iSupport pricing starts from $699, LiveZilla pricing from $155, and PHPKB pricing from $285 per user license.

In addition, the prices for most products are set based on the size of an organization; hence, users can expect different prices for help desk software.

  • Small-sized companies and startups can expect to pay between $5 and $25 for Help Desk software every month. For example, SolarWinds Service Desk cost price starts from $19 monthly, Jira Service pricing from $10 a month, and atSpoke pricing from around $4 per user per month. Furthermore, some vendors offer free service, especially for small businesses with a tiny workforce. For example, Vision Helpdesk, Live Agent, and Mint Service Desk all have free plans.
  • Medium-scale businesses can expect to pay prices that fall within $20 to $70 per user monthly for help desk software. For instance, Salesforce Essentials pricing starts at $25 monthly, Teamsupport costs around $50 per-user/monthly, and HappyFox Help Desk from around $24 per user per month.
  • Large companies can expect to pay between $70 to $150 for Help Desk software per month. For example, Logmeln Rescue cost price starts from around $149 per user monthly, Kustomer pricing from $89 per user monthly, and Atera pricing from around $80 per user per month. Note, however, that onboarding and installation may be needed for some software; hence, an extra fee may be charged by the offering vendors.

The pricing for some best of breeds of Help Desk Software are discussed below:

  • Customer Relationship Management 
    Most customer relation software are priced on a monthly basis per user. Prices fall between the ranges of $0 to $13, $13 to $45, and then $45 and above. For example, Cogmento CRM pricing starts from $2 per user monthly; Agile CRM pricing starts from around $9 per user per month; Dynamics 365 pricing starts from $190 per user monthly.
  • Call Center Software 
    The pricing for this software category can cost below or above $100 per user monthly; however, some vendors charge on per-usage terms. For example, Five9 pricing goes for $100 per user monthly; VCC Live pricing starts from $44 per user monthly; Zadarma cost price starts from around $5 per user per month.
  • Compliant Management Software 
    The price points for most Complaint Management Software fall between $5 to $80 per user per month. For example, Consol CM/Compliant cost price starts from $69 per user monthly; NABD pricing starts from $10 per user monthly; UseResponse pricing starts from $15 per user per month.
  • Issue Tracking Software 
    Most issue tracking Software tools are priced on a per user per month basis. Their price can be broken into three tiers, starting from $3 to $15, $15 to $35, and $35 upwards. For example, Mint Service Desk cost price starts from $4 per user monthly; AzureDesk pricing starts from around $13 per user per month; FocalScope pricing starts from $20 per user monthly.
  • Live Chat Software 
    Most live chat software products are priced on a per-user, per-month basis, and they can be divided into three tiers, starting from $5 to $17, $17 to $46, and $46 upwards. For example, FreshChat pricing starts from $15 per user monthly; UserLike pricing starts from around $30 per user monthly; HubSpot Service Hub pricing starts from around $50 monthly per user.
  • Customer Service Software 
    The price for most customer service software solutions fall within $5 to $150 and above. For example, Genesys Cloud pricing starts from around $100 per user monthly.

What is the cost breakdown of Help Desk implementation?

When it comes to selecting Help Desk tools, buyers are primarily concerned about the cost. In fact, it is the cost that determines whether a potential buyer would go with the product. True, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to determine the “worth” of a business application, but as a software buyer, you want to make sure you get the best value for your money, without having to dig a big hole in your pocket.

Understanding the exact price of a Help Desk system isn't easy as the overall cost of software includes the cost of a license, subscription fees, training, customization, hardware, maintenance, support, and other related services. It's essential to take into account all of these costs to gain an understanding of the system's "total cost of ownership."

What are the typical Help Desk Pricing Models?

There are primarily three common pricing models – Perpetual License, Subscription, and Commercial Open Source.
  • Subscription/Software-As-A-Service:
    Under this pricing model, the system is accessed over the internet, as opposed to installed on-premises. The payment is made either on a per-user basis or subscription basis. Ideally, customers are required to pay a recurring monthly fee until a specific period for using the tool. The subscription pricing model is more common with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps.
  • The upfront cost for customization and integration is less compared to perpetual license cost because there is not much flexibility with SaaS systems in this area.
  • Recurring cost is greater as customers are required to make monthly payments as a subscription fee. Additionally, customers using premium support services must pay an extra fee.
  • All in all, the total cost of ownership in both cases is almost the same and may span over a period of 7-10 years, though you may have to pay a higher perpetual license fee upfront. The total cost may vary from starter to mid-range to enterprise-level apps in both cases.
  • Perpetual license:
    A common pricing model for on-premise applications, a perpetual license requires a customer to pay an upfront sum to own the tool or other intellectual property on-premises for a fixed term.
  • Upfront cost involves the fee for installation, customization, and integration with existing systems, besides the perpetual license fee.
  • Recurring cost is low in this pricing model and may include the cost of updates, maintenance, upgrades, and patches. Some vendors do offer premium support services, which come for an extra price.
  • Commercial open source:
    The customer can acquire the system free of cost without having to incur any upfront license fee. As a customer, you’re solely responsible for the ongoing maintenance, upgrading, customization, and troubleshooting of the application to meet your specific needs. You are on your own for providing end-user support since you are not locked in with a vendor-supplied system solution.

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