As an owner of a retail store, utilizing point of sale (POS) system can help you manage your store better. photo credit: Little Yiye
The key feature of every POS system has to be its ability to record and track sales and inventory.
If you are managing multiple stores, web based POS systems can provide multiple benefits such as providing some real time information on the number of items sold, customer details, supplier info and many more.
A complete POS system usually includes the common hardware such as the barcode scanner, receipt printer, cash drawer, monitor, etc. Something like what you see below.
Besides the POS hardware, an equally important component has to be the POS software. Both the hardware and the software must be able to work together seamlessly to ensure an effective sales / inventory tracking.
In today’s post, I’ll be introducing a free web based SaaS Point of Sales (POS) software for retail stores which may benefit from implementing a POS system.
Do note that this web based POS software is hosted entirely by the service provider, so what you’ll need on top of the POS hardware is a stable Internet connection and a web browser (IE 7 and above).
The web based POS application that I’m referring to is called CashierLive.
I gave the 30 days free trial a try and this is how it went.
The signing up process took less than a minute. and requires only basic information such as the name of your store and email address.
Another required detail is the type of your store which is listed below:
- Antique Store
- Arts & Crafts Store
- Bicycle Shop
- Book Store
- Clothing & Boutique
- Computer Store
- Cosmetic & Beauty Store
- Electronics Store
- Gift Shop
- Hallmark Store
- Hobby Shop
- Jewelry Store
- Mall Kiosk
- Skateboard Shop
- Sporting Goods
- Tobacco Shop
- Toy Store
Once submitted, you’ll be sent an email for confirmation purposes, after which you’ll be able to login to the web based POS software.
Launching the site for the first time, I saw a getting started checklist which provides a step by step guideline on how to set everything up.
The very first thing to set up has to the the store’s details:
Then you could add departments, categories and sales taxes if any.
Finally, the most tedious has to be setting up your store items. If you have more than a thousand types of items, you’ll need to add it in one by one.
Once everything is up and ready, you can now begin to use CashierLive by conducting a new transaction.
So you see CashierLive is a ready web based software which helps you get started right away.
One thing that I must highlight is that once your 30 day trial is over, you can either continue using for free or upgrade to a premium account (min $49 / month).
In order to continue using for free, you’ll just need to sign up with CashierLive’s merchant account partner which helps you process credit cards payments. Being able to accept payments from your customers via a credit card can be really handy and convenient for your customers. So this requirement shouldn’t be a problem at all.
For more details about CashierLive, check them out today!