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

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 Software
    • Cash Management
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Clock In / Out
    • Commission Management
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management Software
    • 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 Software
    • 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 Software
    • Inventory Management Software
    • 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 Software
    • Order Management Software
    • Order Processing
    • Ordering Automation
    • PCI Compliance Software
    • Partial Payments
    • Payment Processing Software
    • 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 Software
    • Retail Inventory Management Software
    • 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 Software
    • Timesheet Management
    • Tips Management
    • Transaction History
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (2,251)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.4/5

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    Khalid
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    NO.1 FREE POS - Square POS | Best for online payment processing and invoice management

    Reviewed on 05/10/2022

    My overall experience with app/software/SAAS can be summed in the follwing points:

    A. The given...

    My overall experience with app/software/SAAS can be summed in the follwing points:

    A. The given app/software/SAAS has been solving the following business problems :
    - multiple payment processings
    - invoice creation
    -mobile app payments
    - attract more customers
    - revenue generation
    B. i have been able to realize the following benefits with the help of the given app/software/SAAS :
    - bring the payment systems to online
    - making offline business transform into online business
    - allows customers to pay using either credit or debit or mobile payments with and without contact
    - helped build trusted business brand and brand reputation among customers
    -easy to setup all functionalities at affordable fees

    Pros

    i found the following features as most impactful:
    - lightweight, quick payment processing and mobile
    - best sales database management
    - builds consumer confidence with its ease of use and real-time payment updates.
    - affordable & reliable
    - phone app allows payments at all locations.
    Yes the product is quite easy to use for:
    - payments
    -invoicing with customers full details
    -mobile payments
    - pulling sales reports
    - contactless payments
    Yes i was successfully able to implement the integration of the app/software/SAAS with my existing business processes quite smoothly and easily as i could set it up with a little self-help, effort, and online training guides..

    Cons

    I found the following features that were either missing or could be improved:
    - difficulty in card reading for payments and chip card reading
    - could be made in other dark colors instead of WHITE
    - features to make payments by consumers using heir online square account
    - fees could be reduced further,
    - better connectivity and tutorials to use needed

    I found the following features or aspects of the product that are difficult to use:
    - freelancers do not get more options
    - complex to understand the POS platform
    - manual entry of chargeable dollar amounts
    - non-availability of phone support
    - difficult to customize
    No, the integration of the app/software/SAAS with my existing business processes not so much difficult as i could set it up with a little self-help, effort, and online training guides.

    Michael
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    • Industry: Leisure, Travel & Tourism
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Simple and powerful mobile Point-Of-Sale app

    Reviewed on 28/11/2022

    A powerful business financial management tool, right in your pocket. It offers an owner/operator to...

    A powerful business financial management tool, right in your pocket. It offers an owner/operator to enter invoices from a home computer, or from a mobile device in the field.Super easy to use, and packed with features that provide the insights an owner needs.

    Pros

    Being able to quickly add a client on the fly, either manually or "from address book", taking a credit card payment, and storing the card in the client file is so simple, quick, and easy.Then, any additional charges to the same client can for a very small "additional percentage" amount be charged to the card now on file, saving the client the hassle of having to pull out the card every time.

    Cons

    Would like to be able to add "standard service fees", such as a "processing fee", "fuel surcharge", and others, in the same way one can add various taxes. Right now, I am doing it in the "taxes" section, which is not ideal, but it can be done with that workaround.

    Alternatives Considered

    QuickBooks Desktop Pro

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    It was the quickest to set up, and at the time, had the most features that were easy to use, and the bank was more expensive, and I would have to invest in the QuickBooks software. No up-front cost with Square.
    Ezra
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    • Industry: Furniture
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

    Free Trial isn't Free for everything

    Reviewed on 06/10/2022

    I signed up for their free trial and after setting up for my payroll and point of sale but after 2...

    I signed up for their free trial and after setting up for my payroll and point of sale but after 2 weeks was getting billed for the "extra" features which all should be included in the free trial. They were taking money out my account I had set aside for other things and when

    Pros

    I like that it has a lot of features. You can rub your whole buisness with Squares software.

    Cons

    I don't like that you have to download more software for each section you sign up for. They square POS Square Payroll And square POS so things get confusing sometimes.

    Alternatives Considered

    PayPal

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    I chose square for their speed of transactions and the amount of different features they have over the competitors but sadly the hidden fees made me close my account after the trial .
    Caitlyn
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    • Industry: Entertainment
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Square Point of Sale is a LifeSaver!

    Reviewed on 27/09/2022

    My overall experience with Square POS has been a good one. For the last seven years that I have...

    My overall experience with Square POS has been a good one. For the last seven years that I have used this product, I have not had any serious issues. It is very efficient, organized, easy to use, and they made it very easy for me to reach customers I otherwise would not have been able to help. So if I had to start all over again, I would once again choose Square.

    Pros

    I like its ease of use, the fact they make their features very "what you see is what you get" so I don't have to spend much time training others on how to use it if I have need to. I like the fact that everything is very clear and organised for optimum efficiency. I can get to anything I need in a matter of seconds without having to jump through hoops just to find the features I need at any given time. If you are someone who is just getting started with a small business, I would definitely recommend using Square POS, because it took me from barely doing barely any business to having a growing community of customers practically overnight. All thanks to how convenient and easy the software is for customers and business owners.

    Cons

    Thus far, in the last seven years I have used this product, there really hasn't been anything I have found that I REALLY dislike about it. It's a very simple uncomplicated software and that is what is so great about it. So nothing negative to say.

    Alternatives Considered

    Shopify POS

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    I chose Square because of its affordability and easy plug and play "what you see is what you get" format. It was great for me when I was just starting out as a business owner and it's been just as good, if not even better, as my business has grown. So I would definitely recommend this software to anyone, whether they are just starting out or if they are looking to switch to a new POS software.
    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Square Point of Sale Review

    Reviewed on 07/11/2022

    My overall experience with Square Point of Sale was okay. I have no problem setting it up and start...

    My overall experience with Square Point of Sale was okay. I have no problem setting it up and start taking payments and sending invoice but there were a few features that were missing and I wish I new about it before I implemented the system.

    Pros

    The software is extremely simple to use and setup. I have problem setting it up and get it ready to take payments.

    Cons

    While Square has its strength, it also has several weaknesses like some feature are missing such as being able to enter the item quantity without having to keep adding the item. Many receipt printer also do not work with Square.

    Alternatives Considered

    Clover

    Reasons for Choosing Square Point of Sale

    I made the switch because PayPal do not have a lot of hardware option to use.

    Switched From

    PayPal

    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    Square was more affordable and I can use my own iPad.
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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 Software, Phone Support, Chat

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