EPOS, or Electronic Point of Sale systems, can make day-to-day life as a small business owner that bit easier so it’s unsurprising they’re fast becoming one of the most popular tools on the market for retailers.
You’d be forgiven for believing an EPOS system is just a modern-day cash register, but they’re so much more than that, providing access to heaps more data and information which - if used effectively - could make your business more profitable, competitive, and ultimately more successful.
But with their increasing popularity comes an ever-growing number of providers to choose from, and this can make it tricky to know which direction to head in to get your hands on all these neat perks and benefits - and at takepayments we want to help.
So, here’s the ultimate guide to what business owners should be looking out for before stepping into the wonderful world of EPOS, but first…
Just in case you’re still on the fence about EPOS and questioning whether it’s right for your business, here’s our rundown of the major perks on offer.
Sound good? That’s because it is, but only if you source your EPOS from a supplier who offers all the above in a system and more, so let’s move on to what you need to look out for when choosing your supplier.
Your EPOS provider shouldn’t just be a bog-standard payment retailer but a partner to your business - someone who’ll help train you and your workforce on how to use the equipment, provide ongoing support and be on hand whenever you need them, and keep you up to speed with updates or improvements you need to be aware of to make the most out of it.
So, do your homework about prospective suppliers and ask the right questions:
Also, remember that talk can be cheap but the proof is often in the pudding, so don’t take everything you hear or read on face value.
A good way to get the reassurance you’re after is by checking existing customer reviews - a reputable supplier will have these proudly displayed on their website for all to see, if not a quick Google search should reveal whether a supplier’s all smoke and mirrors.
Part and parcel of support is how your supplier deals with system breakdowns or malfunctions - no business can afford to be left high and dry if their payment system is kaput.
A decent EPOS provider should understand the consequences of being without your machine and will supply you with replacement equipment pronto - some as soon as the next working day.
Every penny counts in business so naturally, you’ll want to get your EPOS system for the best price you can but always keep in mind the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’.
If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is and you might find yourself shelling out for unexpected costs to get the functionality you expected down the line.
For example, some EPOS providers offer a monthly price which includes any support, additional training, replacements, updates, and so on and others will expect you to fork out for them.
Do your homework and ask the questions - find out what bang you get for your buck - before signing on the dotted line.
The same discrepancies exist around fees for signing up with a supplier and leaving them - yep, some suppliers expect you to pay a fee for the privilege of giving them your custom (crazy, right?), so keep an eye out for this when comparing the market.
No two businesses are the same, and any supplier worth their salt will acknowledge this in their pricing and packages.
For example, a fledgling start-up wouldn’t and shouldn’t expect to pay the same for their payments as a well-established business turning over the big bucks every month.
Look for a supplier who offers tailored and personalised pricing packages to suit the individual needs of each and every business and you can be sure you’ll only be paying what you need to be.
One of the major perks EPOS systems can offer is integrated payments - essentially whereby the EPOS machine communicates with your card reader to allow for smooth, streamlined, and error-free transactions.
So, when you’re looking at your options for EPOS rental remember you’ll need at least one card machine too - some suppliers charge an additional rental cost per card reader and others don’t.
A supplier might offer a promising price, shed loads of support, and a compelling contract, but is their EPOS system actually any good?
To make sure you get your hands on an EPOS system that does everything you want and need it to, first you need to work out exactly what that means. Things that might be important to you include:
Be sure the suppliers you look at can offer you a machine that ticks all your boxes both now and going forward.
Cloud-based EPOS systems, for example, allow you to connect to 100s of apps and add and remove features that are or are not useful to your specific needs - essentially future-proofing your business.
Payment fraud is no secret so it’s important your supplier can demonstrate how the EPOS system they provide is packed full of the latest security features and meets all required standards.
Not only that but some suppliers will go one step further and help you meet all security requirements - including PCI compliance, on your end too.
In the interest of objectivity and impartiality, we’ve made a point of not mentioning our POS system and what we do in this article, until now.
But while we’ve got you it seems only right we tell you about our top-of-the-range tPOS system and how helping small businesses thrive is at the heart of everything we do.
Our tPOS Counter and tPOS Complete systems are ideal for retail and hospitality businesses and does the following:
Not only that, but you can view your business remotely on the Management Portal by logging in from anywhere you have internet access.
At takepayments we:
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