It’s one of the biggest decisions you will make in your business—choosing a POS cash register or Point-of-Sale (POS) system. It’s certainly not an easy choice for a start-up, but in the long run, it could be the technology that really helps to build your business whether it’s in the restaurant or retail space.

Cash Register Defined

Most people know what a cash register is and does so we won’t go into great detail. They’ve been around since the 1800s, and are being used less and less and technology continues to grow. However, they are a simplistic way to receive sales transactions, hold money, calculate tax, print receipts, and give change to your customers. You could probably purchase one for a couple of hundred dollars on average.

POS Defined

A POS is an advanced version of the cash register. It can do all the basics like a cash register, and it helps your business operate more effectively and efficiently through features like inventory control, real-time data reporting and analysis, employee monitoring, and more. Read about other features that can make a POS system more desirable than a cash register.

Cash Register VS POS

If you’re interested in utilizing a tool that provides more than just a sales transaction, a POS system is the way to go.  However, if you’re just getting started and you are strapped for cash, perhaps a cash register could be a starting point with a goal to eventually upgrade to a POS. Here are some signs that will help you know when it’s time to make the switch.

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