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
    • Cataloguing/Categorisation
    • Clock In/Out
    • Commission Management
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management
    • 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 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
    (2,406)
    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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    Bradley
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Credit Card Acceptance Made Easy!

    Reviewed on 13/12/2022

    Very positive. It allows us to process card payments where we otherwise wouldn't be able to

    Very positive. It allows us to process card payments where we otherwise wouldn't be able to

    Pros

    We use this for our school's student store and the software is easy enough that our students with learning differences and challenges are able to handle taking the cards and making the purchaes.

    Cons

    I wish there were more features for keeping an accurate inventory

    Ronnie
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    • Industry: Apparel & Fashion
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Made my business transactions a Breeze

    Reviewed on 29/11/2022

    I opened up my small business and launched my website in Jan of 2021 and e-commerce site thru Wix,...

    I opened up my small business and launched my website in Jan of 2021 and e-commerce site thru Wix, Square was part of the bundle I chose, and I'm very satisfied with that choice. Its given me the security I need when dealing with online and in person transactions. Signing up took a bit longer than expected as I didn't have a business tax ID at the time, but they had an option for me which was life saving as I was getting a lot of requests for my product, so keep that in mind if you're in a rush to get started. Overall my experience with Square has been great and I definitely recommend!

    Pros

    Pros are definitely the ease you have with your online Transactions. They Mail you the Square reader for your ipad or mobile device and the installation is pretty easy, or if you're not lucky enough to have a tech person for a friend then you can easily contact Square to have them walk you thru set up. I have to say, having and feeling the security that you have with square regarding your online transactions is one of the most important Pros for sure. The ease of organizing your inventory is a huge Pro, as well as having your inventory being updated automatically. You get notifications via the app as well as thru your email regarding every transaction, with the total amount of sale after their fee. You get a monthly update of sales. Along with stats of average sales per hour, per day, and more, which is super helpful and helps you with forecasting best sellers and busiest times of the year.

    Cons

    Con is the Square Mobile reader is pretty easy to lose, so when you first start definitely order more than one reader!

    Luis
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    • Industry: Telecommunications
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Weekly for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Square point

    Reviewed on 2/1/2023

    Great to built-in sales reports easy access for sales data from any device accurate information...

    Great to built-in sales reports easy access for sales data from any device accurate information with real-time reports for transaction, deposits. And help the inventory process

    Pros

    Its wide range of features and hardware was easily tailored to fit the business.

    Cons

    I don't have any least favor items maybe the updates need to be done faster.

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    PayPal, Wave Accounting and Venmo

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Much easy and approachable tools to manage
    Mark
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    • Industry: Real Estate
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Works well as a small business POS system

    Reviewed on 29/9/2022

    Easy to track inventory and sales, so we can reorder the most popular items and not run out as...

    Easy to track inventory and sales, so we can reorder the most popular items and not run out as often as we did in the past.

    Pros

    Easy to deploy and use and can be modified as to items on the POS system as often as you need to change things.

    Cons

    You need to have a really good wifi signal for the POS to work as easily and reliably as possible, otherwise it ends up having to work 'offline', which can be a problem if you happen to get a bad credit card presented for payment. Note, this has happened only a few times, but it is a possibility for locations (such as ours) where we use the iPad with Square, outside our building frequently. Tip, we solved this by adding a wifi extender to cover the outdoor space.

    Alternatives Considered

    PayPal

    Reasons for Choosing Square Point of Sale

    found the interface to be easier to use and liked that we could quickly and easily customize the POS screens whenever we wanted. Better processing rates for us than Clover offered us.

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Overall, we felt Square had a better product design and more favorable card processing fees and transaction rates
    Jeremy
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    • Industry: Computer & Network Security
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    BEST Payment Processor out there!

    Reviewed on 20/12/2022

    Processing cards, ach, square, and customer emails.

    Processing cards, ach, square, and customer emails.

    Pros

    I like the fact that it takes out the processing fee EVERY TRANSACTION not a big bill at the end of the month. I love the marketing, email, customer loyalty and several other features as well.

    Cons

    I don't like how they charge for each individual feature.

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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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