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:

N/A

  • 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.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

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

    Supported Languages

    English, French, Japanese, Spanish

    Pricing starting from:

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    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Square Point of Sale: 98

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Bar POS
    • 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
    • Discount Management
    • Document Storage
    • Electronic Payments
    • Electronic Signature
    • Employee Management
    • Estimating
    • For Bakeries
    • For Restaurants
    • Fraud Detection
    • Gift Card Management
    • Inventory Control
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Invoice Creation
    • Invoice History
    • Invoice Management
    • Invoice Processing
    • 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/Subscription Billing
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Restaurant POS
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Retail POS
    • Returns Management
    • Returns Tracking
    • Sales History
    • Sales Reports
    • Sales Tax Management
    • Sales Trend Analysis
    • Search/Filter
    • Separate Checks
    • Split Checks
    • Stock Management
    • Summary Reports
    • 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
    (1,741)
    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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    Athena P.
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    • Industry: Wholesale
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    A huge help when running estate sales

    Reviewed on 18/02/2020

    Square point of sale has been a great asset allowing us to take card payments not only in person...

    Square point of sale has been a great asset allowing us to take card payments not only in person when we run an estate sale but also over the phone for clients who wish to pay their invoices with a card versus a check. The option of a text or email receipt is also very helpful for those who want proof of purchase/payment when we don't have a printer onsite.

    Pros

    It allows us to take card payments for any amount using the app when a customer doesn't have cash instead of the risk of taking a check.

    Cons

    The processing fees are competitive with other services such as PayPal but still high and cut into our profits.

    Trinity C.
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • 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 vital for small business.

    Reviewed on 31/12/2021

    I'm able to use this in multiple ways, by having subscription customers who get a few loaves of...

    I'm able to use this in multiple ways, by having subscription customers who get a few loaves of bread every week or a dessert tray every month, without having to invoice separately. It's all just handled with the subscription feature. It's another stream of income that is really handy. I love everything about Square.

    Pros

    It's inexpensive and easy to use. I can train someone on it in moments or not have to train them at all because it is just that easy to use.

    Cons

    I think it's overall the best in the business, hard to find anything "wrong" with it.

    Amber K.
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    • Industry: Consumer Services
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

    My opinion of Square Point of Sale

    Reviewed on 24/11/2021

    Horrible! Horrible customer service, too many features, hard to navigate through. All the way...

    Horrible! Horrible customer service, too many features, hard to navigate through. All the way around just a horrible software.

    Pros

    There arent many pros with this software in my opinion. I dont like it much at all. Even if I had to think about it and had to pick something, I dont think I could name anything.

    Cons

    Everything. I do not like this software and the customer service is horrible!!!! I no longer use this and wont be recommending it to anyone I know. Its NOT a good software in my opinion.

    Robert G.
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    This is our go to POS for our cliente

    Reviewed on 05/10/2021

    Perfect.. Whenever there is an issue Squares customer service has been awesome.

    Perfect.. Whenever there is an issue Squares customer service has been awesome.

    Pros

    We love that its easy to setup and use. Customer support is amazing. It is also very easy to learn.

    Cons

    Can't really say there are any cons to this software.

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    Reasons for Switching to Square Point of Sale

    We have used it in the past with other client
    Rhonda R.
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    • Industry: Arts & Crafts
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Love Square

    Reviewed on 21/12/2021

    Pros

    I love all that this product can do for my business. It provides so much in one program and connects seamlessly with the website to keep stock current - that's a huge plus!

    Cons

    There was an update in the software and I am not happy with the keypad changes. There use to be a back key when you entered a wrong number and it is gone. The only way to clear the error is to remove the item completely and start over. They also eliminated the 00 key and I miss that as well. All in all, only these minor annoyances - no major drawbacks.

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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, Cleantie, Craver, DAVO, Fomo, Integromat, Linktree, Local Line, Mailchimp, MarginEdge, MoeGo, Paymo, Poptin, Printful, Quickbooks Online, Shopventory, Sku IQ, 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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