If you’re using Square Payments then great! But there are other things that might make using mobile payments easier. If you’re at a farmers market, kiosk in a mall, selling at a tourist attraction or someplace where you have a steady stream crowds going by you’ll want to consider some additional equipment.
You probably think you don’t need anything more than a smartphone and your credit card reader. But consider that you’ll be constantly fishing your phone out of your pocket and attaching a dongle to swipe a credit card. This does not present the best image for your business. Now consider another scenario where you simply take the credit card from your customer and swipe it on something that looks like an iPad. After you swipe the card the iPad screen shows the total and a receipt prints automatically. Get the picture? Being professional and efficient when making a sale can lead to a better image and more sales. The great thing is that getting all this equipment won’t break your wallet. For a few hundred dollars you can be professional like the big retail guys and gals. But you won’t need to invest in a lot of heavy and expensive merchant equipment. Let’s start with the very basic stuff and go on from there.
A receipt printer is not exactly a must have but it’s darn close. A receipt printer works with your square payments device. It accepts a blue tooth wireless or USB connection. After you swipe a credit card on your square reader, the transaction is approved and a receipt automatically prints out for your customer. This is super easy and handy. You look professional. Your customer gets a receipt.
A Receipt printer is almost or approximately 7 inches or 21 centimeters long. Here is more detail on the measurements below.
All the parts, paper, USB cable and etc. are included in one box. You can install all of this in less than an hour. What’s more is that this is all portable. You can move around easily without lugging heavy equipment.
The well known brands are Star, and Esky. Office supply stores sell the receipt printers. You can also find receipt printers on Amazon.com.
Use an iPad Square Stand to turn your Square reader into a cash register. The stand holds your iPad and allows you to swipe your customer’s credit card. The customer can see their purchase on your ipad. And your smartphone stays in your pocket. iPad Stands are typically made from a white plastic that is very durable.
We recommend shopping online. You may also want to and check office supply stores. Amazon.com is a great place to look.
If you have a lot of products or dislike keying transactions into your iPad, a good device to consider is Square Barcode Scanner. A barcode scanner reads the UPC code or barcode on your product and automatically enters the item and price into your Square transaction. Most bar code readers are now wireless and so it’s convenient and easy to use.