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Square POS

From taking payments to tracking sales, manage every area of your business with the free Square Point of Sale app.

4.7/5

Compatible with iOS Comaptible with Android Tablets
Kits
Printers
Cash Drawers
Stands
Barcoding
Accessories

Square iPad Starter Kit

£315.00

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Square

Square is a payment processor which comes with free basic POS software. The software is generic and equally suitable for merchants of all kinds. Square also has a vertical-specific POS for restaurants called Square for Restaurants). Compare with iZettle which has the same business model.

Pricing

On payment processing, Square charge a flat 1.75% on every transaction, with no contract. The POS software is free.

What makes it different from iZettle?

Truthfully, very little. We work more closely with iZettle – but either choice is great if you’re looking for a simple system. If you’re looking for a vertical-specific POS app, Square integrates with a number at partners.

Compatibility

As it’s a payment processor, you can you Square Reader, Square Stand, or Square Terminal. All the hardware listed here should work. The Square EPOS system is an app which can download onto an iPad, iPhone, or Android phone. If you’re just interested in payments, Square can integrate with lots of other vertical-specific POS systems.

Service

Support is available 9-5 on weekdays. If you use Square for Restaurants or Square Terminal, 24/7 support is included.

Getting started

Square needs its own hardware to work properly but you can download the app for free. For a referral, email hello@storekit.com.

Square
Point Of Sale

Free

Employee Management

£3 per employee per month

User Reviews

Write a review
Overall Rating
Ease of use

4.7

Customer support

4.5

Value for money

4.6

Features

4.3

Likelihood to recommend
Not likely Very likely
Siofra F, Director at Studyseed CIC

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Excellent customer support and fast delivery of items.

Pros

Square Terminal offers simplicity and a streamlined system of processing all forms of payment at our premises. The fact that this is a mobile system suits our business well, as we are a service provider and often take payments off premises. The online dashboard is easy to use and makes it very simple to find and view our reports.

Cons

I would like to see a dedicated USB cash drawer available on the website to avoid the need for an additional receipt printer when the terminal already has one built in.

Wendy B, Director at Well Communications Ltd

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Easy to deal with initially & equipment easy to set up - so far so good!

Pros

Cheap to run - no on going running costs just a transaction percentage - no minimum charge per month as with usual banks & card processing facilities. Easy to use app & portable device.

Cons

No immediate paper or printed receipt feature as standard - an additional printer is required to get a similar set up to what we used to have.

Imran A, Director at Caspian wharf dry cleaners

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Quick and easy

Pros

Easy to use and make adjustments to product's. Great way to send receipts to customers Design is great Customer service is easy to get a hold of and very helpful

Cons

Not specifically for my company's industry. Need more information on how to use it and make it more specific for my dry cleaners. Difficult to find printer that is right fit

Nichola C, at Nora’s kitchen

Ease of use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Square is an absolutely great system for new start ups, pop up kitchens etc

Pros

Easy to use and quick set up, fast payments, I like the design of the app and was surprised how easy it was to get up and running. A great way for small businesses like myself to get set up without too much hassle.

Cons

I wish there was a section for open orders and completed for use for kitchen dockets to be sinced up to an iPad

Adam O, at Magic stitches

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Very easy to use and very straight forward

Pros

Practicality, features and ease of use. Lateout and is very good and would strongly recommend to retail businesses. Not very suitable for services based business but you could make it work

Cons

Not suitable to all. For example a dry cleaners business or services based business. It could work however.

Alexander T, CEO at Amigos Coffee Ltd

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

I can’t think why any shop wouldn’t use Square.

Pros

I started using Square in my coffee shop when my Chip & Pin machine broke down and the service provider couldn’t fix it remotely. Square was super simple to set up and the Square Terminal is stylish and very streamlined. Customers love it! The user interface is intuitive and the items easy to set up. It’s a piece of cake to check your sales, and Square pays without fail next working day. Best of all, there are no monthly fees, and the commission rate is fair. My next step is to integrate Square into my website so that I can sell online. Overall, I can’t think of a good reason why anyone in my business wouldn’t use Square.

Cons

The back reports are not as detailed as my previous EPOS system, and there is no option to input the cost of items to work out GP. It’s a little bit clunky to have to swivel the iPad on the screen so that customers can input their PIN and check sales prices.

Amelia R, at Gloss By Amelia

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Best POS!!

Pros

Great value and very on trend! Customers always say how professional and modern my set up looks. Everything is simple to use and has the quickest set up of all pos systems I’ve used.

Cons

After spending a fortune on hardware, I wish the transaction fee was just a TINY bit lower. It’s still fantastic though, and I don’t think I’ll ever change!

Anthony R, at Brooklyn Pizza

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Great bit of kit

Pros

The reporting function and ease of taking payments really makes this work. My previous POS I used was a nightmare to set up. With square it really is simple

Cons

There isn’t anything I really dislike. Sometimes the support can be a pain but the only issue I had took some looking into

William H, at Hunnycone

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Square is awesome, I’ve been using it in our toy kiosk. On the beach. People always wanted to pay card! Since we have had square we have had a 30% sale increase.

Pros

30% sale increase and ease. It also has no fixed fees what is refreshing, especially for a seasonal business. Square also provides great insights such as graphs

Cons

It can struggle if you have little WiFi. But really I can not fault square ! It’s brilliant, and has helped our business

Kerensa B, Co owner at Dyda Da

Ease of use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Good

Pros

It does what it says on the tin, and nothing else. Looks nice. Links to additional things well. I really don't have anything else to say to make up 150 characters.

Cons

Would like a bit more functionality when it comes to reports. Would like to be able to print reports for a specific item over a chosen time period.

Chris R, at Vesta Rowing Club

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Simple and easy to use

Pros

Great user interface that’s very simple to use and most people pick it up with ease. Access from several different type of tablets and alerts where needed

Cons

Stock management is slightly complicated especially in a bar environment. Updates often change the admin interface and reports sometimes difficult to use

Fiona D, Owner at Little Fika Café

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Square’s the best card reader we’ve found!

Pros

Square is so easy to use. Customers compliment its ease of use and staff find it easy too. Payments to our bank are quick and painless and the percentage take is at a reasonable level.

Cons

Not having a screen or numbers for the odd time we need chip and pin. It can be temperamental connecting to the reader, but we do have a slow internet.

Rob D, Director at Slimming World

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Really easy to use, takings are deposited the next business day and the fees are comparable with the others out there.

Pros

Ease of use for staff. Free pos shopfront weigh full functionality, reporting suite compares week on week and year on year. Items can be added quickly and I can check stocks remotely

Cons

Stands can be expensive unless you get them on an offer. But that said they are built to last. Consumables like drawers and printers are a limited and expensive list if you need them

Dennis C, Director at Katering TwoCann

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Great card system and good free EPOS

Pros

Ease of use and easy setup plus low costs for start-up business. Would recommend to any small business that needs a Point of Sale system and card system.

Cons

Non really, would like to know If full Restaurant POS is available in UK?? Looks like it is only available in US??

Lee W, Owner at No.1 Entertainment

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Excellent kit never had a problem with it

Pros

It’s easy to work and operate and will recommend to everyone it’s that good I’m thinking of getting the till drew and printer and buying a Second set up

Cons

Nothing at all it is amazing setup I love it and so dose my staff I’m looking at buying to of everything to make my business better

Caryna C, at Camerino Bakery

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Simple to use

Pros

It's an intuitive to programme and use. It's easy to use in a team with multiple devices. It's a great way to keep customer information in one place.

Cons

Can't creative future dated invoices or receipts. We like to prepare the receipts when we receive an order, but without being able to assign a future date, we must wait until the morning of delivery to create the document

Marcus G, at Grovers Optics

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

5 of 5

The right choice whether on location, in-store or both

Pros

Ease of use Speed of access to funds - Next working day POS management - Keep a track of funds, staff & cash (not just card sales) smart appearance - Looks great, as long as you like white sensible hardware cost - Start small with just a card reader & grow scalable options - Stand, scanner, receipt printer etc website integration - Get websales using Square which is cheaper than PayPal

Cons

Non if you judge Square by the opposition. You still have to afford a merchant commission but that's the reality of retail

Damon W, Owner at Mr

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Ease of use

Pros

Pos system is great and although not set up card payments yet I find this is great to use and also the reports are great for re ordering stock.

Cons

Reader should have keypad incase you didnt want to hand customers your phone because of theft issues.

james w, Owner at The Den

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

delighted

Pros

I really like how easy it was to use the website to find out all the information needed to trust and purchase. as a small business owner i found square the easiest and most affordable to help my business start and grow.

Cons

I haven't come across any cons yet! i have been really pleased with the service i have received.

Laura S, at Flat white

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

A neat simple system

Pros

Square is a nifty little system. Pros are; Transparent percentage of sales. Ease of use. Design. Speed of set up and service. Comparatively to other till systems we have used (revel, trad. Till) it is the best so far.

Cons

Nothing as yet - currently WiFi/ 4g dependant but an offline mode is coming in the future. Really recommend.

Matthew T, at Big o cafe

Ease of use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Square is a very versatile pos System because you can customise it to your business .

Pros

the best thing about Square is that it is very easy to change thing and add different products also I love that you get paid instantly with the card machine.

Cons

The thing I dislike about Square is that not all products are over in the UK yet so you are limited to what you can use.

Paul E, at Birchington Framing Centre

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Helpful addition to running our business

Pros

Looks smart and professional and easy to use. We like the dashboard to check sales and trends .We have lots of positive comments from customers who are impressed with the Square payment set up.

Cons

Expensive accessories. We do not have any other concerns or dislikes with Square. We are happy to recommend Square

Amy B, Director at Amy’s Courtyard

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Simple, convenient & modern!

Pros

The app is super simple to use and you set it up exactly how you want (catergories etc) it’s sleek design is a real talking point amongst our customers as it’s not widely used in the UK yet. Next day bank deposit is really convenient (they also offer deposit instantly for a small fee but I have yet to need to use this)

Cons

My only downfall is that Friday, Saturday and Sunday takings don’t go in until Monday evening. But it’s never caused me too much trouble.

Marta r, Financial Controller at Gymfinity Kids Ltd

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Very user friendly and smart look

Pros

easy to use, good reports, smart look , quite and easy to connect to other devices like printers has ability to be split between different locations and functions

Cons

unable to make few changes to VAT when cloths are vatable or un-vatable when you purchase is only base on one user so when setting up in different locations you need to add more employees and pay monthly for them

David M, Director at Nomad Theatre

Ease of use

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

3 of 5

When it works it is works it is excellent but can be frustratingly clunky.

Pros

No monthly fees, reasonable commission percentage, relatively simple for multiple users to grasp quickly. Good customer service, have never been kept waiting for a response.

Cons

Square was obviously designed for traders on the move. The system is not so good for fixed point of sale set ups due to clunky integration. Bluetooth LE is a pain in the butt. The various elements should be hard wired.

Jacqueline R, Director at Goose Collection

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

easy

Pros

The point of sale reader looks like an apple product, which made me feel at ease as soon as I opened the box, it felt easy to use and easy to install. I also like the simple features nothing difficult to just straight forward instructions and integration. I like the fact that it integrated with word press for free so that it can​ update my stock on the move at the pop-up events. It all seems very seamless​

Cons

The button for the reader is small but I like the overall design. It would be good if it came with the holder and charger as one complete unit...I dont really have any negatives at the moment as I am just starting to use it. It would have been better if it would integrate with cheaper Bluetooth​ scanners without having to go into the search section to scan with an unsupported scanner.​

Sam C, at 400° Pizzeria

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

Perfect for food business

Pros

Has fast payouts & fantastic free software. Can run a multi-station restaurant/food truck all from the ipads. With the categories orders are sent to different printers as required. Also great compatabulity with external software and hardware.

Cons

No keypad on the reader, means that you need to be able to share your device with customers for non contactless payments.

Rob D, at Slimming World Ashton Under Lyne

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

does what you would expect, everything is where it should be

Pros

the ease of use for my staff on the storefront app. the money is deposited at 4pm the next working day, other companies I have used have taken 3-4 days and cost a higher percentage. I have invested in the square stands and they are excellent if a little pricey but it all looks professional, and the build quality of all the kit is better than the others that I previously used. Lots of people like the pin on glass entry which i thought might be a bit of a gimmick but its all good.

Cons

the only thing i would say is there is no counter display for the customer in any form. Not a big issue as my staff just tell them the amount before they tap. This is available to US customers but no dates or plans for UK roll out. Would be a nice addition but not a deal breaker

Seth F, Entrepreneur

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

3 of 5

Very easy to use and great for my business!

Pros

Offline Mode for accepting credit cards Ability to email receipts Ability to create and send invoices. Clean interface and lots of customization. Fast transactions.

Cons

No way to pay for invoices straight from phone. No way to print invoices. Debit cards not accepted. Cannot use the chip and contactless reader in Canada.

Jacob A, Owner

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Phenomenal Software, Support, and Results

Pros

Square POS is the easiest point of sale software I've ever used. It transformed our front desk experience for both our staff and guests.

Cons

The only downside has been that Square does not currently track commissions for staff at our salon. If it had this feature, it would be our all-in-one solution.

Nate F, Owner

Ease of use

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Features

3 of 5

I have mixed feelings. I like the look/feel of the old app better. It seemed more user friendly.

Pros

I like the ability to transfer inventory from one store to another. I like the ability to have employees clock-in/clock-out to keep track of pay and what items a specific employee sells. I like the ability to adjust quantities from the app instead of just the dashboard.

Cons

I don't like that I can't view another store's inventory from the app. Very often, I find myself saying, "We don't have that in-stock here, but I know it's in-stock at our other location." It'd be very helpful to be able to type in an item and view quantity in-stock for all locations. I also HATE that there are not "tickets" available anymore. I own a music store that offers instrument repairs and we also have special orders. For instrument repairs - the amount is variable depending on what needs done and I also notate the transaction with the instrument type, brand, serial number - what parts were used, and what was done under the "Quantity and Notes" section. I don't want to have to look up that information and type into a transaction with the customer standing at the register. In the other app, I could do all of that when no one was in the store and save it as a ticket. Then when they come into the store, all I had to do was pull up the ticket and they were good to go. Same with special orders. I don't want to add inventory into Square, assign it a price, add the SKU, put it into a category, set the quantity, etc., if I'm not going to STOCK the item. So for special orders, I like to just type in the information under "Custom Amount," but I do like to notate the transaction under "Quantity and Notes" with the title and SKU so I can look back and see what it was. I don't want to do that typing when a customer arrives, so I prefer to save it as a ticket. Now I can't do that.

Susan M, Owner

Ease of use

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

4 of 5

Great product that is very easy to use.

Pros

So easy to use and set up. There are several options in setting up retail items. Really enjoy working with it and like all of the reporting functions.

Cons

The system lacks the ability (currently) to accept customer deposits. This is a feature that needs to be quickly added. Would also like the ability to "drill down" into some of the reports.

Sam J, Manger

Ease of use

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Features

2 of 5

Needs polishing

Pros

The clean display as items are rung up, the favorites aren't on the front screen, and being able to search everything from the front landing page

Cons

No pictures show on products, Item and Inventory Management being different pages on the back end (needs consolidating), and lack of gift card options

Tahnee E, Owner

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

3 of 5

Love Square! I've been using it a year and am very happy with everything!

Pros

I love the integration with Big Commerce so I can easily sell online and in store with inventory syncs immediately. We do a lot of volume so the immediate inventory sync is very important to us or we would oversell items.

Cons

The retail app needs some work but I understand they need more time to update the software. Once the bugs get worked out, I would love to have a complete retail POS solution. In my mind it would include, physical inventory counts using scanners for tons of inventory -preferable to have multiple people doing different parts of the store at the same time. Included in retail should be a report for the inventory status/financial which would include total count, total cost, and total retail price of the entire store/warehouse. Also, a better integration for Quickbooks online. I'm scared to add this integration because it gets horrible reviews.

Elias C, Vice President

Ease of use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Features

5 of 5

VERY EASY TO USE, ALWAYS 100% ACCURATE.... WE LIKE THAT WE CAN TRACK ALL OF OUR LARGE INVENTORY AT A GLANCE AND A PUSH OF A BUTTON. WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE OUR INVENTORY DONE CORRECTLY BECAUSE OF SQUARE.

Pros

VERY EASY TO USE, ALWAYS 100% ACCURATE.... WE LIKE THAT WE CAN TRACK ALL OF OUR LARGE INVENTORY AT A GLANCE AND A PUSH OF A BUTTON. WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE OUR INVENTORY DONE CORRECTLY BECAUSE OF SQUARE.

Cons

SOMETIMES IT FREEZES WHEN WE DO NOT WANT IT TO. WE HAVE TO REBOOT AND THE SYSTEM IS FINE. THIS HAS ONLY OCCURED A COUPLE OF TIMES AND HAS NOT OCCURED ANY MORE