A small business POS needs all the hardware and software solutions of a larger business to survive in today’s economy. Moreover, the space constraints or other infrastructure issues that a small business faces means that the POS hardware and software needs to be geared to overcome these issues.
Many small businesses are mobile units or have mobile units that need to be able to accept cash or other payment mechanisms, report to the central control unit, and print receipts. These can be difficult to accomplish quickly and efficiently unless the POS hardware is designed for these needs. Below are a few traits that helped my small business succeed over the past year and a half. Depending on the type of industry you are in, these POS system characteristics could also help your business succeed.
Most sales outlets need a barcode scanner at the POS. A small business POS is no exception. However, if the barcode scanner is cordless and connects to the iPad via Bluetooth or similar technology, the data scanned and stored will be secure without hampering operations. A cordless scanner is easy to use, can be stored with ease, and can be taken along to locations where power supply connections are unavailable.
Similarly, a sleek cash box that can be locked securely and has removable drawers can be ideal for both in-store and offsite sales. The compact design of the cash box will ensure a clutter free small business pos without reducing the security needed for storing the cash collected. Additionally, the cash box can be used as the surface for the swivel unit that holds the iPad, ensuring that it provides a stable surface as well.
The small business POS bundle that includes a swivel stand for the iPad ensures that the POS employee can complete the billing process, scanning, receive payments, and pack the goods without having to worry about the iPad. Additionally, the 360 degree swivel enables the screen to be turned toward the customer to obtain their signature if needed.
Credit Card Reader
Another important payment mechanism that is part of the small business POS is the credit card reader. By incorporating a secure, encrypted credit card reader to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod, the store can ensure that customer financial data is secure while also speeding up the sales transaction. This mobile credit card reader can be used both in store and for mobile sale transactions.
While many customers now prefer to receive receipts in their email, some prefer the paper receipts. Thus a small business POS should have a printer that can print receipts when needed. A small and compact printer that works quickly will ensure that customers are assured of a quick transaction. Additionally, those small businesses that operate mobile units should also have a mobile printer for printing receipts. This compact printer can fit into the hand and be used even by pizza delivery men and others that transact business on a customer’s doorstep.
A small business POS that has all the capabilities that enable quick processing of transactions will be able to provide superior customer satisfaction and generate repeat business.