Ever thought of turning your iPad or tablet into a POS? Well, we’re here to help you decide if it’s worth trying, and tell you how! Because whether you knew it or not, anyone with an iPad or other tablet holds the power to wield a fully functioning POS system. All you need to do is download the necessary POS application, and you can start taking payments!
Why iPad POS? The More Affordable Option
Using your tablet as a POS is by far the most economical way to implement a modern POS into your checkout experience. POS software can be expensive on its own, but when business owners need to shell out for POS hardware—look out! POS hardware is the most expensive upfront cost in the credit card processing industry, so if you already have a tablet, you’re well on your way to accepting credit cards with low to no upfront cost!
Choosing an iPad POS System
The first thing you need to be aware of when looking for POS software for your iPad is the keywords cloud-based. This means that you can use your POS with your tablet, as it will operate using the internet and communicate with your card reader via the cloud.
Next you want to look at functionality. Your iPad POS should be able to help you with inventory management, give your customers the option to have their receipt emailed to them, and of course, accept credit card payments.
If you’ve found a payment processor that offers the above, next, you’ll want to compare fees. Many processors charge for their POS software, while others include it free in your account, so this will impact your decision making. Additionally, every processor is going to have their own pricing model, and it’s important you understand the differences between these so you know you’re getting the best deal every time you process a customer transaction.
Reasons to Move to a Professional, Cloud-Based POS
The cloud based POS has nearly rendered the cash register obsolete and is challenging the old by increasing functionality and efficiency. Many people are surprised to learn that a tablet POS can do many of the things a traditional POS setup can, as long as you’re using the right tools and applications. Here are some ways an iPad POS system could benefit your business:
Lower Transaction Errors
Tablet Point-of-Sale Systems can benefit your business by cutting unnecessary costs and saving on lost funds. Human error can be one of the most expensive and unpredictable blunders that can happen at check-out. Inputting transaction data manually into a cash register often leads to higher transaction errors. With a tablet POS, built-in features such as total checking, product SKU barcode scanners, and automatic electronic accounting services reduce the number of mistakes that occur from manual input.
Easier and Less Costly Inventory Counting
Accounting for your finances is hard enough, but manually accounting for your inventory on a regular basis can cost you a fortune. Using only a cash register means staffing more of your team for an inventory count and equipping 3rd party tools to record your stock numbers. A tablet POS system, on the other hand, can track your inventory numbers as they go out of the store. Having inventory management features built into your POS system can translate into fewer and cheaper stocktaking days.
Create Purchase Orders
As the tablet POS system tracks the count of items in your store inventory, it can automatically alert you when stock levels for an item reach a critically low level so you can create and send a purchase order directly from your POS. Imagine doing that with a cash register…didn’t think so.
iPad POS Setup
- Download your cloud-based POS app
- Connect your iPad/tablet to your card reader via Bluetooth (if you have one)
- Start accepting payments. It’s that simple!
If you’re looking to integrate a professional Point-of-Sale at your place of business but worried about upfront costs or if you even need one at all. Using a tablet you already own and a cloud-based POS software that comes with your merchant account is a great place to start. Even if you don’t own a tablet, buying one can still be an economical way to take payments, plus you can use it for other stuff too! (e.g. I don’t think you can use Netflix on a Clover POS.)
Overall, an iPad POS system adds efficiency to your business as well, allowing you to track purchases, inventory, and accept payments automatically, rather than having to manually input purchase amounts and do the math on inventory yourself. If you’re looking to get started with a POS system for your tablet that’s cloud-based, Helcim offers a great one for free! Give our Merchant Experience team a call today to find out more.