Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need someone to pay you, but they only have a credit card? That scenario can happen to you as an individual, as a small business, or even as a church. That typically means that you are out of luck. Accepting credit cards meant the hassle of a merchant account and an expensive point of sale unit. A new company called Square has an interesting solution. They provide an app that turns your iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone, or Android devoice into a complete point of sale system. You can accept payments, send receipts via email, and more.
We are finding ourselves more in a cashless society where transactions are increasingly made with debit or credit cards, and this app opens up a new world of possibility. Do you have a cafe at your church? What about selling tshirts or snacks as a fundraiser? With your phone, you can literally accept payments anywhere. There is no monthly fee and their per transaction fees are competitive. The system works by using a small card reader that attaches through the audio port of your device. The card reader is free and I should be getting mine any day now. See the pics and video below for more information.
To signup, download the app for your device and go to Square’s website to setup your account.