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Pay For Software Based on Its Performance

Theo Luciano

Custom SaaSDPQ

September 17, 2021

There’s always a way to improve existing processes. Maybe you’ve come to a place where you realize that’s what you need for your engineer-to-order or design-to-order business. Often that means automating your process or adding technology.

Unfortunately, “automation” and “technology” usually don’t give an impression of being affordable or low-risk.

But what if it could be?

RoleModel Software DPQ (design price quote) and Custom SaaS offerings are built for businesses like yours. We understand you need the expensive capabilities of CAD or CPQ (configure price quote) software and more, but you don’t have the resources to drop over six figures for the right solution. (you probably also want something a little simpler; we don’t blame you)

By integrating one of these offerings into your business workflow, you’re combining your industry expertise with our software expertise to create a customized solution designed to improve your entire business process and help you accomplish more.

LightningCAD, the framework that our DPQ and Custom SaaS offerings are built on, was the result of several million dollars in development costs and years of work. We’d certainly like to see a return on our investment, but not at the expense of your success. We understand how important software like this can be for small to medium-sized businesses who simply could not afford to pay anywhere near that kind of money upfront.

Our goal is for a partnership to be a win for both of us,and that is certainly achievable.

Here’s how it works.


We’re calling it our Performance Payment Plan. Basically, this means that you agree to pay us a percentage of the additional income that you make from using the software as long as it is providing value.

Since the percentage you pay is based on the volume you’re doing, it can be tempting to do the math and look at the resulting number as the price tag for the software. But it’s better to think about it this way:

“You are getting a world-class software partner dedicated to increasing your profits in return for a fraction of those increased profits.”

Integrating DPQ or Custom SaaS into your workflow will:

Increase efficiency on many fronts

It’s all about improving your process and building on it. Having RoleModel DPQ or Custom SaaS as a part of your process will bring increased efficiency to your existing workflow. Whether you’re currently using CAD to do all your design work or if you’re stuck with a pencil and paper, think about what a difference it would make to have your design, sales, and estimating all accomplished within one tool simultaneously. That’s what we’re offering.

Increase overall sales

With the increased efficiency, comes the capacity to handle new business. Your sales team will be able to design and make revisions more quickly, which will cut down on delivery time and allow them to get to more customers. Since you can integrate Custom SaaS and DPQ into your website, it creates a whole new sales channel. Customers can design for themselves within the platform that will keep them from making mistakes so that whoever receives the quote can quickly approve it and move on. Visibility and shareability are also high. Users can experience impressive visual renderings of their products and share them with others, creating the opportunity for referrals and repeat customers.

Elevate your public perception and professionalism

The process improvement that RoleModel DPQ and Custom SaaS bring to the table will not only bring internal success, but will make you look better with customers as well. Our platform can be set up in a way that allows for customers to interact directly as well. Having powerful software adds a professional and sophisticated touch to your company’s image.


Even if you hit a dry spell where business is slow, you won’t be making monthly subscription payments without any return. You’re paying us a percentage of the income from using the designer. So when your income is lower, so is the amount you’ll be paying. You don’t have to worry that paying for the software will drain your coffers.

This also means that if you ever decide that the tool just is not working for you, stop using it, and you’ll stop paying. There’s no binding contract. We fully expect our CustomSaaS products to create real value for you, and we’ll do our best to help you overcome any obstacles you may encounter as you use them. But if you decide it’s not for you, you’re free to move on.

Another aspect of the performance payment plan is that it mitigates your risk. Aside from an earnest deposit fee to get started, you’re not dropping sums of money upfront. Instead, you pay as you experience the software increasing your profitability. Even when you do start paying us, the software will bring you a lot more added profit than you’ll end up paying us.

As you start out with your custom solution, the percentage of revenue we receive will most likely start on the higher end of the scale (around 5%). But as you do more business with your custom solution, that percentage will gradually go down. RoleModel Software assumes the bulk of the risk early on in the partnership so that you can have confidence in your solution and focus on your business.

As you start out with your custom solution, the percentage of revenue we receive will most likely start on the higher end of the scale (around 5%). But as you do more business with your custom solution, that percentage will gradually go down. RoleModel Software assumes the bulk of the risk early on in the partnership so that you can have confidence in your solution and focus on your business.

As you start out with your custom solution, the percentage of revenue we receive will most likely start on the higher end of the scale (around 5%). But as you do more business with your custom solution, that percentage will gradually go down. RoleModel Software assumes the bulk of the risk early on in the partnership so that you can have confidence in your solution and focus on your business.

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Good software isn’t cheap; but at RoleModel Software, we want to do more than just make a profit. The goal of DPQ/Custom SaaS paired with a Performance Payment Plan is to help businesses who need software by working within your cash flow constraints to produce a powerful customized solution while reducing your overall risk as much as possible.