The Square Card Reader At Work
- Ready to pay
A buyer can pay you with credit card or cash and have a receipt sent to them.
- Getting ready to swipe
See the little card reader icon? That's showing that the Square reader is attached and ready to go.
Customers or friends have a choice of paying by credit card or cash
Once the credit card is swiped, the information immediately transfers to Square for authorization within seconds. If it's approved, you'll know quickly.
After approval of the card, you can capture a signature as well for a lower fee. The customer signs with a finger or stylus.
If the client wants to have a receipt sent to her, she can just enter an email address.
- Verifying email address
The email address is verified before it is sent to the customer. The merchant receives a copy as well, and can also view the receipt on the Square website.
- iPad App
You'll notice that here I've added a few "standard charges" for consulting. You can set up a number of items.
Or you can enter in a charge by hand. For this demonstration, I charged myself a buck (big spender).
- Just before swiping
When you see this, you can either type in the credit card number by hand or swipe the card. Swiping gives you a lower fee.
- Ready to sign on iPad
Now I'm ready to sign on the iPad.
I've signed my bill.
- And thank you very much!
And the transaction is done.
- Merchant Screen
I'm on the Square website now. As a merchant, I can see all of the charges I've collected over the last month. Here there's a real charge for a client, and two $1 charges I made for the purpose of documenting for this article.
- Receipt - Merchant
Here's what the merchant sees - the location where the transaction was done, the amount after fees, and so on. A itemized list of purchases made can also be viewed.
- Receipt - customer
The customer gets a lot of the same information, as well as the contact information for the merchant.