I have been to stores which upon checking out enters product prices into cash registers manually and I find this process time consuming and prone to mistakes.
By utilizing a POS system, store owners can benefit from the following advantages:
- Better and more accurate inventory and stock management.
- Discounts, coupons and special prices can be implemented easily.
- Coupled with a barcode scanner, the speed of checkout process can be increased.
- Reports for daily / weekly / monthly gross revenue, cost and profit can easily be generated.
In today’s post, I’ll be recommending both web based and self hosted POS solutions.
Most web based SaaS POS solution will require you to have a web browser and a stable broadband internet connection to work where self hosted POS system will require technical expertise to install, manage and maintain.
Free-POS.net is a free web based POS system developed by Erply for the small business community.
The good thing about being web based is that you wont need to worry about investing on servers and technical expertise to perform maintenance and software upgrades as the solution provider handles this for you.
With Free POS, store owners can keep track of inventory, register sales, print receipt and much more.
imonggo.com is also a web based POS system and is free for small businesses with a single user limitation (max 1000 products, max 1000 lines of transactions per month).
Don’t be fooled by imonggo’s logo! It may look like a POS solution dedicated for a pet store, but it’s more than that which includes a complete retail management solution.
Imonggo’s key features includes an intuitive user interface, point of sale, inventory management, sales analysis, business intelligence functions and customer relationship management.
Posterita.com is a web based POS system and is free for just one cash register with the following limitations (1 store, max 300 records / month, 1 terminal, max 50 products)
A posterita key strength has to be its user interface / terminal which fits nicely in a web browser, your users wouldn’t even realize that it’s a browser. The reason behind this is through the use of Prism, a modified version of Firefox.
Some of posterita’s key features include being optimized for touch screen monitor, cash sales, refund management, cash management, credit management, warehouse / product management, payment processing and more.
CashierLive is an innovative web based point of sales software for store owners to run their stores more effectively.
CashierLive offers a 30 days free trial after which if you still want to use it for free, simply sign up for an associated credit card merchant account which is integrated with CashierLive.
Some of CashierLive’s key features include ability to track sales and inventory, easy to use POS terminal interface, reporting tools, multi store support and more. Read previously written CashierLive Review.
Openbravo POS is an open source point of sale self hosted solution developed by Openbravo.
Since Openbravo has an ERP solution, this POS module can be easily integrated with the ERP solution giving it a near complete business application every organization desires.
Openbravo POS was developed using Java, an open source language which allows system implementors to customize the POS system according to their requirements, a capability most web based SaaS POS system can’t achieve.
MyFreePos.net is a POS software package designed for Windows. FreePOS doesn’t cost anything until store owners are ready to grow beyond two terminals and a back office.
FreePOS is designed specifically for the following restaurant types:
- Neighborhood Bar & Grill
- Fine Dining
- Fast Food
- Pancake House
- Chinese Restaurant
- Mom ‘n Pop
- Drive In/Thru
- Steak House
- Japanese Steak House
- Pizza / Italian
- Coffee Shop – Cafe
- Wireless Handhelds
- Bar / Night Club
Some key features of FreePOS includes easy to use touch screen operations, back office reporting, dine in, take out, delivery mode, integrated gift card, loyalty and VIP modules.
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Here you go, 6 free point of sale POS software for your small business retail store to try out and implement. Enjoy!