Technology has taken a huge step forward in the last years, it has developed to a point that 20 years we couldn’t even imagine. Our habits have just started to take shape to this new kind of lifestyle, which is much easier when compared to 40 years ago for example. Work has also become easier, not for everyone though. A lot of the people running small to medium businesses could have their lives made even easier thanks to the so called “Point-of-Sale” systems.
Automation and having work done by someone (or maybe it’s more appropriate to say “something”) else is what humans like. That’s because it makes everything easier. This is also what POS systems do: save you time and money. You have control over all of your items, what sells and what not, the performance of your employees, your customers, all of the transactions you made and a lot more. And even if you are the type of person that needs more features you can make use of third party apps, which will provide them for you.
There’s also another thing to note: POS systems differ from one another, by a lot. There are some made specifically for people who have small businesses, and there are some made for the ones that have a big company with multiple locations. There are features and utilities made to fit everyone’s tastes.
Let’s talk about the bad stuff. Or the good stuff if you really like spending your money. Prices and expenses are something that you can’t really do much about and that you have to take in account every day in your job. When it comes to POS systems, your expenses are divided into 3 main categories, which are:
- Hardware: choosing the hardware is always difficult, even in real life: what computer to buy, what smartphone to buy and all that stuff you’re well acquainted with. Of course, the bigger your business, the more hardware you need. I recommend you to at least take in account a register, a cash drawer, a credit card reader and a receipt printer. I’ve written an article about choosing the hardware, go check that out if you want an idea of what to buy and what not to.
- Add-ons: POS solutions are full of integrations and third party softwares which add to the features and functionalities that the system doesn’t offer. Some of them come for free or included in your plan, but for most of them you have to pay an additional monthly fee. They are not very expensive, but they will add up in the long run, especially if you have more than one.
- Software plan: the most important part, since a lot of the POS systems nowadays require a monthly payment. You will be offered many plans and options which will cost more depending on the features that they offer. At the very least, take in account $100 a month for the average/normal plan, which also includes customer support. Phone support is also available, but for higher prices.
This is what you have to take in account when using a POS system. Everything comes with advantages and disadvantages, but I guarantee you that in this regard the advantages are much more. The rest though, is solely up to you: if you prefer the way you’re doing things now, there’s nothing better to do then.