When starting your small business there are many things to consider. Often by thinking and planning ahead you can save yourself a lot of trouble in the future. One of the primary things that any business needs, apart from merchandise of course, is a point-of-sale system, investing in the right system from the beginning can save you a lot of headaches in the future.
Instead of making your point of sale stationary in one spot, consider software that may be applicable to mobile devices such as tablets. Then no one has to crowd around a cash register, but can freely move around the establishment, calculating orders and even printing receipts.
Many times business owners may forget that your receipt may be one of the best advertisements available for almost no cost. So instead of having the same old generic receipt why not have one featuring your interesting logo that will stay in the memory (and wallets of your customers). Remember that every business is different, so the one size fits all sales category does not work for everyone. Try to create your own sales categories that best exemplify your business. This will allow you for better tracking of what are your biggest sellers and thus help you grow your business.
There is nothing that retail establishments dread more than doing inventory; therefore it is essential that you invest in good inventory management software from the very beginning. This will help you keep track of what you have and what you need. Shoe boxes full of post it notes do not count as an inventory system.
Finally your POS should be easy to understand and visually appealing. If the system nice to look at and easy to work with you are more likely to use it. There are so many things to worry about in business; software should not be one of them.