Credit Card Readers
Streamlining your pickup’s mobile office with credit card readers
By Tim Walton
Being able to process credit cards at the point-of-sale can be a great addition to your mobile office capabilities.
Whether it’s a driveway resurface, landscaping install or gravel delivery, a card reader can help streamline transactions, reduce paper work, minimize collection problems and provide convenience for your customers.
The advent of smartphones with readily available internet access provides a very mobile connection that can be used in conjunction with a credit card reader accessory.
Business owners can use these devices to simply and quickly take payments and print, or email, a receipt – customer’s choice.
On the setup side, look at credit card reader service programs closely. Fees and services vary widely from one provider to the next.
You may get a free credit card reader that links to your smartphone and a free app operates the device – but there is a fee for each transaction. Other service providers may offer a flat monthly fee or combine the service with your corporate cellphone billing.
On the hardware/software side, look for a card reader that allows for the customer’s signature, which can be a requirement for some types of credit card transactions.