A cash register is far from a simple place to store your money from the time it leaves your customers hands until it is deposited into your bank account. The right Cash Register will save you time with good reports, make you more money by thwarting theft, move customers through a line quickly. Don't forget that all of the reurn from the investment you have made in your business is coming back via the cash register.
Do it Yourself (DIY) Cash Register SystemFor the do-it-yourselfer there is The Cash Register Guys website. Here you can choose from retail or restaurant Cash Registers. All the registers at The Cash Register Guys are commercial grade name brand registers. DIY is not for everyone, but thousands of start up and existing companies can save 25% or more when you do some of the work.
Should I use a Barcode Scanner on my Cash RegisterIf you are a retail store selling more then a few different items then the answer is YES you should be scanning.
Should you interface Credit Cards Payments to your Cash Register?Yes, yes, and yes. This is a no brainer. You must close this gaping hole in your cash control
There are many problems with using a standalone credit terminal next to the cash register. The first being that cashiers must make double enteries for every credit sale opening the door for massive errors. It is very easy to enter $14.99 as $1.49 when you are busy, or when you are just stealing.
Intergrating credit card payments to the cash register will eliminate the double entry that leaves you wide open to errors and fraud, and most often speeds customer lines as well.
Do yourself a favor and audit your transactions.
We like Datacap for integrating cash register and credit card payments.
The Cash Register Guys have a package price for Cash Registers Bundled with Integrated Credit Card Terminals and services. They offer a large discount for these packages when you process with Gravity Payment Systems.
Is it important to interface my Cash Register System to Quick Books?Don't waste your time trying to interface your cash register to your QB accounting software. You most often will spend more time and money setting it up then you will save.
There are cash register to computer packages that do interface to QB should you still decide you need to. Check out our favorite PC Poll
Connecting Cash Registers TogetherA mid priced cash register will have a feature called IRC or Inter-Register Communications. IRC can save you time and money. Don't skip it if you need two or more Cash Registers
- For the DIY make sure you have enough time and resources to program your cash register system.
- To save money instead of paying for a complete turnkey system, just pay for the help you need. The bulk of the cost of setting up a cash register system is the keying in of products.
- If you are not 100% comfortable setting up a system by yourself with limited help don't try. It is very normal for a cash register dealer to charge $500.00 to $3000.00 to set up a system because there is real time consuming work that has to be done.