About Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is a cloud-based POS solution for use with iOS and Android devices, or Square’s own point of sale hardware. The software allows users to manage customers, transactions, inventory, invoicing, and payments, with additional tools for managing customer loyalty, marketing, employees, and payroll.

Square offers magstripe, chip, and contactless card readers for accepting payments via debit and credit cards, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. Square Virtual Terminal enables payment collection through a computer, which allows merchants to key in card details so that no card reader is required.

Sell from anywhere

Square Point of Sale helps businesses sell in-person, online, over the phone, or out in the field. Merchants can add a synced online store, sell through Instagram and Facebook, and offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping -- no coding required.

Grow customer relationships

The built-in customer directory can track customer preferences and feedback with every card swipe. Key customer information is added automatically to build profiles, and merchants can search and sort customers to view their purchase histories, target email marketing campaigns, and send more personalized messages that keep customers coming back more often.

Track the health of your business

With Square Dashboard and built-in sales reports on the POS, merchants can access their sales data from any device, with real-time hourly sales reports for each location, transaction and deposit tracking, and more. Square POS helps merchants manage their inventory from anywhere. Products can be imported via CSV and names, prices, and quantities can be edited at any time. Daily stock alert emails notify users of items with low or no stock, and inventory levels can be exported to printable spreadsheets.

Everything is integrated into your POS for a stress-free experience. It’s free to use, and no contracts, fine print, or manuals required.

Pricing starting from:

Not provided by vendor

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Square Point of Sale

No contracts, fine print, or user manuals required. You can switch and have your team start ringing up customers in minutes.

Flexibility and Customization

  • Build a POS that streamlines your day-to-day and makes running your business easier. Start free with the essentials and add on additional features based on your business needs. Everything is integrated into your POS for a stress-free experience.

  • Payment can be processed from Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express cards, and payment can be taken without an internet connection in offline mode.

    Personalized Customer Experiences

  • Know what your customers like. Track items they purchase, unique preferences, and feedback automatically every time you make a sale.

  • Payment details for regular customers can be stored, enabling users to charge them at the checkout with the tap of a button.

    Streamline Employee Management

  • Merchants can enable employee passcodes to control what data each employee is able to access, and all transactions are linked to employees, allowing users to keep track of who is responsible for each sale or refund, and reconcile commissions or tips.

  • Employees can clock in and out with timecards on the point of sale, with automatic overtime calculation, and hours can be edited by users.

    Drive Business Growth

  • Look at real-time sales trends to see how your business is doing. Review historical data to see what’s working. Use your POS’s built in sales and inventory reports to determine new opportunities and the right products to sell.

  • Sales reports can be filtered by location, device, and employee, and revenue-per-labor-hour reports can be generated to identify the most efficient employees.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan , United States

    Supported Languages

    English, French, Japanese, Spanish

    Pricing starting from:

    Not provided by vendor

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Square Point of Sale Software - The point of sale that's so much more than a point of sale.
    Square Point of Sale Software - Sell at the counter, on the go, or online, so you never miss a sale.
    Square Point of Sale Software - Customize your checkout to keep your line moving and your customers happy.
    Square Point of Sale Software - Accept every way your customers want to pay.
    Square Point of Sale Software - Track customer’s preferences and purchases with every card swipe.
    Square Point of Sale Software - Keep track of your sales, inventory, and locations, all in one system.

    Features

    Total features of Square Point of Sale: 103

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Barcode/Ticket Scanning
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • CRM
    • Cash Management
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Clock In/Out
    • Commission Management
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Custom Cake Orders
    • Customer Accounts
    • Customer Database
    • Customer History
    • Customer Management
    • Customizable Branding
    • Customizable Invoices
    • Customizable Reports
    • Customizable Templates
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Security
    • Data Synchronization
    • Delivery Management
    • Device Enrollment
    • Discount Management
    • Document Storage
    • Electronic Payments
    • Electronic Signature
    • Employee Management
    • Estimating
    • For Bakeries
    • For Bars/Clubs
    • For Jewelry Stores
    • For Restaurants
    • For iPad Devices
    • Fraud Detection
    • Gift Card Management
    • Inventory Control
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Invoice Creation
    • Invoice History
    • Invoice Management
    • Invoice Processing
    • Item Management
    • Labor Cost Calculator
    • Layaway Management
    • Loyalty Program
    • Menu Builder
    • Mobile Access
    • Mobile Payments
    • Multi-Location
    • Multi-Store
    • Offline Access
    • Online Invoicing
    • Online Ordering
    • Online Payments
    • Order Entry
    • Order Management
    • Ordering Automation
    • PCI Compliance
    • Partial Payments
    • Payment Processing
    • Point of Sale (POS)
    • Price/Margin Management
    • Pricing Management
    • Promotions Management
    • QR Codes
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Real-time Updates
    • Receipt Management
    • Recurring Invoicing
    • Recurring/Subscription Billing
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Restaurant POS
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Retail POS
    • Returns Management
    • Sales History
    • Sales Reports
    • Sales Tax Management
    • Sales Trend Analysis
    • Search/Filter
    • Security Management
    • Separate Checks
    • Split Checks
    • Stock Management
    • Tax Calculation
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time Clock
    • Timesheet Management
    • Tips Management
    • Transaction History
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (2,414)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.4/5

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    Jared
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Square POS after 1 year

    Reviewed on 25/06/2022

    The POS software is very good especially when I go offline and in person I can collect a payment...

    The POS software is very good especially when I go offline and in person I can collect a payment and continue online and resolve any client information.

    Pros

    It's seamless with my banking and helps me integrate payments for clients, products, and services

    Cons

    There are many freemium features that can be an additional benefit on top of the current monthly costs unlike a shopify plan that bundles most offers in one subscription.

    Alternatives Considered

    Cash App, Stripe and Venmo

    Reasons for Choosing Square Point of Sale

    The solution was able to solve a pressing need to offer an offline settlement system just in case my clients were not able to access my website.

    Switched From

    PayPal and Shopify POS

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    It involved a lot more ecom and web integrations that provide
    Deborah
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    • Industry: Civil Engineering
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Why Square will work for you? Is Square the product for you? There's a Reason you know the...

    Reviewed on 19/12/2022

    The overall experience was positive, to the point that I was instrumental in selecting it at my...

    The overall experience was positive, to the point that I was instrumental in selecting it at my next post...when faced with a choice.

    Pros

    How easy it is to use, how easy it is to install/integrate with existing systems, how easily it interacts with a variety of other existing software. That is from an admin. stand point. Having to introduce this to a team of sometimes not too technically minded people, it seemed also flawless in the "user friendly" department.

    Cons

    The unanimous thing is the additional hardware required...mostly for mobile payments. This is an absolutely necessary evil of course...have to have the hardware to scan cards, but the hardware is sometimes not in working order.

    Kirt
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Point Of Sale Review

    Reviewed on 16/12/2022

    Pros

    Good software to get started with as its free. Is mobile friendly and easy to use.

    Cons

    Updates constantly and the backened is always changing, resulting in needing to relearn where stuff is at.

    Alternatives Considered

    Toast POS

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    We use this pos on smaller gigs where more advance technology isnt needed.
    Maria
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    • Industry: Design
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Best payment processing platform

    Reviewed on 15/11/2022

    Pros

    I love how easy it is to use due to their very friendly interface. Also, customer service is THE BEST, super fast response and they do everything to fix problems. The processing fees are very low and it's totally worthy to pay them since the platform never fails or produces errors (I've never experienced double charges or any mistakes on their end). Also, they conduct good research in case a customer files a claim or a refund, which is very different in other platforms that will just grant the claim with little to no research

    Cons

    So far I haven't found anything I don't like about this app. The issues I've encountered were promptly fixed by customer service

    Grant
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    • Industry: Military
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Best POS solution for small and medium sized businesses.

    Reviewed on 03/12/2022

    Pros

    Square offers everything from a simple mobile app to full large business POS solutions. Their cashier station works perfectly for my small business, but I could get away with just an iPad and an adapter.

    Cons

    I wish that fees would be a little lower, and the software can be a little slow on older hardware.

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    Square Point of Sale FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Square Point of Sale.

    Square Point of Sale offers the following pricing plans:

    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Square's pricing is simple for businesses of all sizes. No monthly fees or contracts. Processing rate for in-person is 2.6% + 10¢ per tap, dip, or swipe. Hardware starting at $0 w/ free reader. Processing rate for online is online is 6% + 30¢ per transaction.

    Square Point of Sale has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

    Square Point of Sale supports the following languages:

    English, French, Japanese, Spanish

    Square Point of Sale supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Square Point of Sale integrates with the following applications:

    Acuity Scheduling, CSI Platform, Craver, DAVO, Fomo, Linktree, Local Line, Mailchimp, Make, MarginEdge, MoeGo, Paymo, Poptin, Printful, Quickbooks Online, SKU IQ, Shopventory, Sociavore, Stitch Labs, Synder, Wix, WooCommerce, Xero

    Square Point of Sale offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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