We understand the challenges of a small or startup business in this economic climate. You are trying to stay afloat or trying to get started on the right foot, and so you have to prioritize your investments to ensure the most success for your business. You are probably trying to watch every dollar and make sure they all do the right thing in terms of marketing, sales and operational expenses. And you have probably looked into a point-of-sale system in the past and passed because it seemed like too large an investment in this fragile economic state.

Maybe next year, you say.

Well, is this the year? Are you reluctant still, because your climate has not improved? But have you had some problems with your business in the last year or two? And do you know how much money those problems might have cost you in hidden expenses? Here are some signs that you could be in the market for a quality POS system for your business:

Inventory Issues: Do you find at the end of the day that your sales don’t seem to line up with the inventory you had on hand? Do you find that you sold six blue widgets one day, yet you only had five in stock? Or worse yet, you had four red widgets in stock and now you have zero, but you had no red-widget sales recorded?

Purchasing: Do you find yourself getting confused by what was already ordered and what hasn’t? Do you have orders open for several weeks and your forget, so you make a new order? Do you know how many widgets of each color, size and shape you have on order or are being shipped currently?

Point of Sale: Do you have long waiting lines? Are customers being checked out inefficiently? Do you have to have separate lines based on the method of payment (cash, check, card)? Are you having trouble tracking how customers are paying and what they all are buying?

Customer Management: Do you know who your loyal customers are? Do you know what they usually buy? Do you know when and why they buy the products they do? Are you able to target them for special promotions?

Analytics: Can you thumb through all your register reports and analyze trends in your customers’ buying habits? Can you see which of your cashiers are doing he most efficiently and which ones are having trouble? Are you able to spot a bottleneck in your process?

If any of your answers in any of these categories signify some trouble or disorganization, then you could be losing more money than you realize. It could be enough money to pay for a POS system within its first year of use, if not first few months. If you are finding yourself having trouble with any of these issues, it’s at least worth a small investment of time to check out our inventory of POS systems and talk with one of our specialists who can find the right system for your business and help you run more efficiently and get more profit.