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: 102

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • CRM
    • Cash Management
    • Cataloguing/Categorisation
    • Clock In / Out
    • Commission Management
    • Contact Database
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Custom Cake Orders
    • Customer Accounts
    • Customer Database
    • Customer History
    • Customer Management
    • Customisable Branding
    • Customisable Invoices
    • Customisable Reports
    • Customisable Templates
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Security
    • Data Synchronisation
    • Delivery Management
    • Device Enrollment
    • Discount Management
    • Document Storage
    • Electronic Payments
    • Electronic Signature
    • Employee Management
    • Estimating
    • For Bakeries
    • For Bars/Clubs
    • 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
    • Order Processing
    • 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
    (2,009)
    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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    William
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    • Industry: Printing
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    works well

    Reviewed on 20/9/2022

    Pros

    never had a failure in 6 years always r=work and very reliable

    Cons

    there is absolutely no cons after using the software for 6 years

    Megan
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Square for small healthcare mobile practice

    Reviewed on 31/8/2022

    Overall, this is a great system and it's very easy to use to quickly collect payments for our...

    Overall, this is a great system and it's very easy to use to quickly collect payments for our services in the home on our mobile devices. It has a lot of features that allow you to send receipts, invoices, and collect payments securely in order to remain HIPAA complaint. You can also sign a BAA to show this as a healthcare practice, which is very important. Many clients are also familiar with Square, so they feel comfortable with you using it to process payments.

    Pros

    I like that it is reliable and convenient to use for our mobile practice. With us having to pack up equipment and take it back out at each client, it is nice that the system is able to be used on our cell phones and stores neatly into the pocket of our treatment bag. It is easy to connect and use even when mobile service is a bit spotty. We have not had a missed or returned payment. It is also easy to swipe through and gives the option to send a receipt that the client can access right then on their mobile device or in their email.

    Cons

    The biggest complaint that I have is the lightning connector adapter's stem is a bit short for use with a lot of phone cases. If the phone case is extra protective, the stem isn't long enough to reach the lightning port. It can be annoying to have to remove the case in a client's home in order to access the port so that payments can be taken.

    Alternatives Considered

    CardConnect

    Reasons for Choosing Square Point of Sale

    We switched because Square has lower payment processing fees and does not have monthly minimums like Card Connect did. We were charged during months that we did not meet a minimum sale and even in a few months that we did, so there ended up being a lot of extra hidden fees with their service. We have not had this with Square.

    Switched From

    CardConnect

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Fewer processing fees and monthly minimums
    Robert
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    • Industry: Consumer Electronics
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

    Sounds good but isn't

    Reviewed on 19/9/2022

    mediocre and customer support is almost non existent

    mediocre and customer support is almost non existent

    Pros

    The features sound amazing maybe to good to be true especially when it comes to payments being issued.

    Cons

    Like i said the features sounds to good to be true and they are its nothing but issues with everything

    Jake
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Every Business Needs Square Point of Sale!!!

    Reviewed on 21/6/2022

    Square has seriously helped our business grow into what it is today. And we're still scaling. We...

    Square has seriously helped our business grow into what it is today. And we're still scaling. We can create subscriptions on the go, accept payments online, at events and easily export reports when we need them (super helpful when tax season is here).

    Pros

    The simplicity and ability to process payments and subscriptions on virtually any device and from any location is super key. And Square allows us to do this.

    Cons

    We don't really have many cons to report other than it would nice to have some of the new "premium" features included being that we pay about 3% per transaction already but we understand that operations need to be funded (and profitable).

    Alternatives Considered

    Venmo

    Reasons for Choosing Square Point of Sale

    Square appeared to be easier (this was back when it was just the mobile reader).

    Switched From

    PayPal

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Square seemed to have a better roadmap and ecosystem of product development.
    Sheri
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Easy to set up, reliable, and with the features I need in my business!

    Reviewed on 28/7/2022

    I set up Square after researching other options when I launched my business 4 years ago, and have...

    I set up Square after researching other options when I launched my business 4 years ago, and have been pleased with the choice ever since. I have considered other options since then but keep sticking with Square since they truly have what I need, and the time cost of switching has never been worth it to me.

    Pros

    The most important aspect of Square Point of Sale is the ability to set up monthly, quarterly, and annual recurring invoices. Its shocking other solutions don't offer this, or only offer it at VERY high levels of monthly investment. This is a user-friendly solution for my business and is easy to understand, set up, and get rolling right "out of the box."

    Cons

    The address book makes it a bit tough to set up the clients as a business, it's a bit more geared to selling to consumers. But I've been able to create a workaround to make it work for me (business name in one of the name fields). I also really would like to integrate Square better with QuickBooks but I think QB is the problem - QB is notoriously difficult to work with (VERY difficult!).

    Alternatives Considered

    Zoho CRM, Stripe Billing and Quickbooks Online

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Primarily I chose Square because of its easy interface, quick time to launch, address book set up, but mainly because of recurring invoice functionality.
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    Square Point of Sale FAQs

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    Square Point of Sale offers the following pricing plans:

    • Pricing model: Free Version
    • Free Trial: Available

    Square's pricing is simple for businesses of all sizes. It's free to use, and no contracts, fine print, or manuals required. Pay 2.6% + 10¢ per swipe or 3.5% + 15¢ per manually entered 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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