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Part of conducting business is the great aspect of getting paid (Yeah baby! Cha ching!) but the question then becomes how do you collect payments from your clients in order to get rewarded for your hard work? This is where Square Point of Sale comes in.
I use Square (Point of Sale) and recommend it to my clients as well. I don't want to write a book here so here are some of the things it does and what I like about it.
1. With Square POS you can pretty much take payments on the go.
2. Their app which you can download to your smartphone, iPad and other mobile devices allows taking payment on the go to be possible.
3. They send you a free card reader, which you can connect to your devices and have people swipe their cards. If for some reason you don't have a card reader on you, you can still manually enter the credit card info.
4. The Square POS gives you the option to take recurring payments and keep a card on file, which it will remember next time your client wants to make another payment.
5. It allows you to list all the services or products you offer on the app, sends receipts and even gets reviews from your clients.
6. You can instantly deposit all the payments you receive or you can opt to have them at the end of business day. Your payments will go directly into whatever bank account you've connected to Square.
7. Square offers you a booking and shopping solution as well. For example, if you provide hairstyling services your clients can book through your site using square which you can embed into your website. One of my clients TYSON: An Urban Hair Lounge uses it too.
8. Beyond the POS, Square brings together POS, booking, and shop under one dashboard that allows you to see all the data that it collects on your behalf. Some of the data include the clients' information from booking, analytics on products and services etc. This is important because it lets you make good business decisions based on how you choose to interpret and apply the information.
9. Square offers an affiliate program if you're interested in earning some residual income on the side.
10. Although, you may not always get a person on the phone for customer service. Square tends to use a ticket system and generally gets back to you within the hour or 24 hours. This might be the thing that a lot of people may find frustrating. That and the fact that their booking tool hasn't found a way to remember customers who have booked in the past; so they don't have to always enter their info. If you can get past these two downsides then Square is definitely a good way to go.
One more thing. They do have an app called Square Cash which is like Venmo, you can use it to send and receive payments for everyday things. You can even order a physical debit card associated with the app. Pretty cool, huh?
Do you have a better payment processor than Square POS which you use? What is it and what do you love about it?