With the advent of being able to take credit cards on your smartphone, many owners of businesses both small and large have been re-thinking about what they need in point of sale systems for restaurants and bars. Here are some tips on how to go about choosing one.
1. Forget about taking hardware into consideration. This way of thinking about point of sale purchases is incredibly obsolete. Bandwidth is cheap and plentiful so there is no reason to do it any other way than via a cloud-based system. Plus, quite frankly, who has the room for additional terminals and servers.
2. Take a moment to consider what you need the point of sale system to cover. Will it integrate fully with the credit card processing company that you already use? How detailed do you need the inventory control to be? Consider how the order flow will work. Many times, a tablet-based system will handle the orders just fine due to the fact that it is wireless and very unobtrusive.
3. A budget should be considered but do not place too much weight on it. A point of sale system is a necessary expense for the business and in the end, they are not really all that expensive. Do not bother wasting time on trying to figure out what percentage of income should be spent on a point of sale system as these types of systems are flat-rate priced and not dependent on revenue streams for pricing schemes.
4. Make sure that the point of sale system will be able to grow as your business grows. You do not want to be left with a system that is obsolete and out of date when the time comes that your business expands.