Things to consider before buying a POS System

  • Try before Buying
    • Before you buy a POS system, make sure that's easy to use. The only way to do that is to try the software yourself. Here are some things to try before you buy:
    • A basic cash sale.
    • Adding inventory.
    • Attach a customer to a sale.
    • Look up a customer.
    • Create a new item.
    • Do a refund from a receipt.
    • Create a purchase order.
    • Get a report of todayís sales.
    • If these basic operations don't seem easy itís probably not the right system. It only gets more complex from here, so make sure the basics are straightforward. You wouldnít buy a car without a test drive would you? The same applies here.
  • Buying Hardware before Software
    • Many people make the mistake of bargain hunting for POS hardware components before they choose their software. Not all software and hardware are compatible. Limiting your software choices because of hardware is short sighted. Make sure to choose your software first and then buy the recommended hardware for your system.
  • Signing Up For Credit Card Processing Before Buying Software
    • This is the same as buying hardware before software. Not all software and credit card processing services are compatible. Buy your software first and then get a credit card processing service that integrates smoothly.
  • Hiring Someone to Choose For You
    • A hired person will focus on every tiny detail of your business. And then find a piece of software that has a feature to cover every one of these details. This is the wrong way to choose POS software for most businesses. You need to make sure the software is easy to use and operate for you.
  • Waiting until Opening Day
    • Do not wait until opening day to set up your POS system and train your employees. There is nothing worse than making your first customer wait for you to fiddle with your cash register. Do yourself a huge favor and get your system setup and running before you open. Train your employees to make sure they know the basics. Itís a lot harder to do things while a customer is standing there. Avoid the stress and get familiar with your system prior to opening. Do a mock day of sales in your system.