And no I’m not talking about Square dancing here! However if that is your thing do check out this video, Square Dancing is pretty Rockin’ too!!
I’m talking about Square Payments, a product line and services that allows any Small Business to accept and process payments virtually anywhere and opens a world of possibilities for the Small Business entrepreneur.
What drove me to start using Square is the need to be able to accept credit cards for my products. Living in a world of Client Convenience and where not many people carry cash, I didn’t want to miss a sale. Although I was aware of debit and credit terminals, these carry monthly fees which did not make sense for the size and scale of my business…. thus Entrepreneur meets payments Squared.
Other things to consider is security, rates and setup fees and of course payments! So if you are asking what does Square looks like, well here it is in its simplest form:
It is pretty simple to use, you only need to download the Square App and plug in the device to your phone or tablet, make a few configurations in the App and you can start accepting payments.
What is really neat about it too is that you can configure your products, with their default and custom fields down to tracking quantities. Manage customer information and produce a decent amount of reports. All this is virtually included (for latest rates check out Square Payments site).
They also have other type of terminals that are more appropriate for local businesses such as a Flower Shops, Salons, Coffee Shop or even Car Mechanics!
Another cool feature is their e-Gift Cards, which I think are a fantastic idea as these are stored in your client’s phone, which are easier to carry plus they can be reloaded leading to repetitive business. Other features that I found quite useful are:
- Appointment Management
- Invoices and Receipt Management (help for the Accountants)
- Time cards and Team Management
- Online payments from your Webstie
Big players such as GoDaddy are now integrating websites with Square which makes selling your stuff online so much easier!
Now that you know of a tool that can help you take payments virtually everywhere, it is time to start selling your services … even if that is Square Dancing Lessons:
Until next time, Cheers!
Lately, we have been asked why should we use WordPress to create a Website as opposed to other tools out there. Isn’t WordPress just meant for Blogging? The answer is no, WordPress is a content management system that is so much more than the eye can see!
WordPress has evolved from a platform loved by Bloggers to a fully featured Website creation powerhouse. What’s more, WordPress 5.1 (latest version) standard editor helps you create your Website with point and click tools that are just as easy to use as everything else out there. Another great feature of WordPress is that it allows your to create user accounts with multiple levels of access making teamwork .. work. WordPress main components are:
Pages & Posts
WordPress Themes are basically your website’s skin, you can choose from thousands of themes, free and at cost. They provide the look and feel for your website. Checkout some cool WordPress themes here. We recommend themes from the WordPress site because you can check out the ratings, they are free to use and you get updates directly on the WordPress dashboard.
Pages and Posts are what makes up your website. You can create as many pages as your heart desires to describe your company, team, services, contact information, etc, etc, etc. WordPress provides a neat little place where you can upload all of your Media including logos, pictures and videos. Keep them neatly organized and available for all of your pages. Plugins .. these are add-ons and allows you to make your website extra cool. You need a cool looking form ? Check out Ninja Forms. You need to improve your SEO ? check out Yoast SEO! You need a beautiful looking gallery or slider? Tons to choose from. It is wise to check out the ratings and description for each one of these to figure out if it suites your needs.
Let’s face it, nowadays we all need to blog, that’s how we can improve our Search Engine rankings organically and this where WordPress really outshines the competition. You can crate a page that feeds all your stories and have them published in a jiffy! Done and Done. No kidding.
For more info check out WordPress.com
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We are a technology and digital marketing team based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Our mission is to help small to medium businesses embrace and leverage technology to transform and scale through Digital. We strive to find the right Digital solutions to meet your business needs.
Many Small Businesses continue to market their business through traditional methods (a.k.a. newspapers and flyers) and while there is still some use for traditional marketing, they are missing the Digital component. “Digital is the new marketplace with Scalability”. Digital facilitates the marketplace from local to global, it allows Businesses to keep in touch with their customers, to get feedback, to acquire new leads and the good news is that cost has reduced significantly in the last few years.
Technology products such as WordPress, Shopify and Salesforce are making it a breeze to setup your business online without the need of high development costs.
In the weeks to come we will go in depth how we (as Small Business) can leverage these technologies to market our products online. Stay tuned or signup to our newsletter to stay in touch!