The Benefits and Downsides for Using a Mobile Point of Sales System in 2018
Are you the owner of a business?
Then you know that in order for your business to work as efficiently as possible the best tool that you can use is a good POS system. It will help you run pretty much every aspect of the business with the touch of a button and it will give you some great insight in your inventory and help you provide some high-quality customer service all at once. There is a lot of talk around which type of POS system is the best one to use and usually the cloud based POS systems are the ones that are in lead. That is why in this article we are going to take a look at those systems and talk about some of the pros and cons of these point of sales systems.
Pro: They don’t depend on hardware
POS systems are known to be very expensive and that is mostly because you are required to buy some extremely expensive hardware equipment that will help run the system. However, when the system is a cloud based one that means that it can easily be accessed through a browser without the need for any extra equipment. You, as the business owner will be able to decide whether you want to run the software on a PC, a laptop, a tablet or even a smartphone. The only thing that is required of the device is for it to have an internet connection that can run an internet browser and if it has all of that, then there are absolutely no limitations to the platform.
Pro: They don’t depend on hardware
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Con: The device needs to constantly be connected to the internet
The whole point of cloud-based point of sales systems is the fact that they don’t require any extra hardware and the only thing they need is an internet connection. The only thing is, that internet connection needs to be constant. If your connection is even slightly unstable then you will risk breaks in your service and that can be very bad. To prevent this from happening a lot of business owners actually end up getting two different internet connections from two different providers, and while that may just fix the issue it does mean that it will add extra costs for your business and since the cloud-based system is supposed to be cheaper, adding extra costs seems counterproductive. If you live in an area where the internet connection is unreliable, another thing that you can do is decide to use a POS that can work both online and offline to minimize the risks as much as possible.
Pro: You will be able to access your data from anywhere at any time
One of the best things about a system that is cloud based and has to be constantly connected to the internet is that you will be able to access any information about your business within seconds, regardless of where you are or what time of the day it is. This means that even if you are at home you will be able to see the state of your inventory management or to look up a past receipt, or really anything that you want to see. And if you are a workaholic and you can’t stop working even during the holidays or while you are on vacation, then this type of POS is perfect for you because you will be able to deal with any problem while you’re lying on the beach as long as you have an internet connection.
For years the point of sales systems were something that people wanted and were afraid of at the same time, mostly because of the costs. Cloud based POS systems have made this type of software more available for businesses that don’t have as big of a budget. Even though there are definitely some drawbacks to using this type of system, we feel that the pros definitely outweigh the cons and that will be visible the second you see your business’ productivity improve.