Whether you run a retail shop, professional office or restaurant a Point-of-Sale System will significantly improve your business’s daily operations. Often merchants end up falling into the ‘POS-Rabbit-Hole’ simply because of all the options available today; making the shopping process daunting for business owners. Here are 4 tips to help you Find the Right Point-of-Sale System for Your Business.
Do your Research!
Not all POS software is created equal! Some are meant for very specific types of businesses, while others are so new and are still working through the ‘bugs’ in the software; and perhaps the worst thing to find out after the purchase of a new POS is that the software provider forces you to use their ‘preferred merchant service provider’. This last one is BAD NEWS, essentially you are being held hostage by two parties opening the door to rate increases and a never-ending circle of costly upgrades. Control this by choosing software that is ‘processor agnostic’
Know what your business needs before starting the search.
The implementation process, when done properly, will drastically improve your day-to-day functionality as well as your reporting process. Trust me… this is not something you want to go through every couple of years! So, before you start calling around for information on systems, sit down and make a list of the things that you absolutely must have, the functions you are willing to compromise on. Ask yourself what is important to you? Is it inventory management or eCommerce integration? Perhaps you have always wanted to track your customer’s shopping habits, or implement a loyalty program; there is a perfect solution out there and if you know what you need before starting the search the whole process will be smoother.
Beware of the word ‘FREE’!
A few clichés’ come to mind when I see ads for ‘Free Software/Hardware with new Account’; “If it sounds too good to Be true… in this industry, it is too good to be true!” and “you get what you pay for”. Both couldn’t be truer in regards to the lengths some companies go to in order to close the deal. Trust me when I tell you, it is NOT FREE; somehow, somewhere that company will make their money; this usually shows up in rate increases or support contract that constantly need renewal – it is a better idea to pay for what you want and make sure that you have mobility so that if things go south you have options – partner with TeamNPC and we will help you with this process!
Get familiar with the Lingo for a smooth research & implementation process.
There is nothing more frustrating than getting confused by industry terminology, so make your life easier and brush up on your point of sale lingo – Knowledge is Power!
TeamNPC has relationships with some of the best Point-of-Sale providers on the market, including NCR, Clover and can easily integrate with thousands of other systems – let us help you find the right point-of-sale system for your business!
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