If you operate a small store or flea market booth, sell online or just have a very busy Craigslist account, you may be a member of Shopify. Shopify caters to shopkeepers in regards to inventory, record and bookkeeping and creating an online storefront. Shopify’s main mobile app allows you to manage your storefront and keep records, but lacks a point of sale functionality.
Shopify has released a new app, Shopify POS, that adds more functions, refines the user interface a bit and adds point of sale capabilities, allowing users to take payments via the app. Users can link their existing Shopify account and stores or create brand new ones. Cash and credit cards are acceptable by manually entering them in or using a free card reader from Shopify, similar to a Square reader. You can also track sales, view reports on how your business is doing and even get customized projections. You can manage your storefronts consummately, with the app allowing you to change or add items with a few taps. You can even take a picture with your phone and add it in as an item for your store. The app also has automatic tax figuring by location, order synchronization with all your other terminals, browsing and searching collections of items, emailing customers their receipts and even adding customers to order tracking so they can get a better look at the progress of the product from their initial click on the “buy” button until it arrives at their door. Notes viewable by both the customer and the merchant, or just the merchant, can be added to any order. Finally, the app and service come with 24/7 customer service.
If the thought of having an all-in-one storefront is appealing enough for you to want to give Shopify’s service a spin, getting started is free. Fees are $9 a month, along with 2.7 percent of each transaction, relatively low for this sector. This mean the app and service aren’t for everyone, but if your business is a bit too big to manage or you’d like to save yourself a little bit of number-crunching headache, hit up the source link.