“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.” – Albert Einstein
A very understandable question since many new business owners see a POS system as computer with a special sort of software. To draw a comparison between installing a POS software on a computer rather than purchasing a POS system, lets look at the following questions:
- Do you cut the top of your sedan to make a delivery truck or do you obtain a delivery truck?
- Do you put up a tent or do you rent a place to start a business?
- Do you buy dummies with loud speakers or hire actual employee to help you run your business?
A legitimate reason people try to go down this route is because they are trying to save money or don’t have sufficient capital to purchase a system.
- If you are simply trying to save money, then please read: Is point of sale system an expense or investment?
- If you think you don’t have the fiances, then please read: I need multiple POS systems with limited finances. What are my options? Should I look into used or cheap POS system?
The short answer is look at your point of sale as investment rather than a secondary expense and:
- Do not just install a POS software on your computer.
- Do not buy a used system.
- Do not buy a cheap quality system.
- Do not buy an online (Cloud) POS. (Coming soon: Is online POS systems right for me? What is the cost?)
The Spanish also have a great saying, “Lo barato sale caro” it is translated to mean “Cheap things turn out to be expensive.”