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Choose the Right POS System for You

Q: My POS system needs to be replaced so I’m evaluating the different options. Things have changed since I first bought my POS, what do you think of the iPad-based systems?

The newer versions of iPad or tablet POS are widely considered ‘Cash Register Version 3.0.’ First was the clunky cash register, providing a cash drawer but little data; then came the bulky and expensive POS systems producing great tracking and plenty of paper reports to go along with them; and now the new tablet POS. The emergence of cloud computing spurred the possibility of these POS systems to be deployed as software’s a service, which can be accessed directly from the Internet. Cloud-based tablet POS systems give companies instant centralization of data, 24/7 access to data from anywhere with Internet access, ease of deployment and training, and lower costs.

A full-blown POS system will average $10,000-$20,000 depending on the provider and the number of terminals. A good chunk of that money goes to wiring, hardware and professional services. A new tablet-based POS system will cost around $1,000-$5,000, while professional services have been lower due to the ease of installation and training. You will pay a monthly fee on top of this, ranging from $49 to $275.

The question is not whether these tablets are the new POS, but rather, when to purchase one. The technology is evolving and is in the early adopter stage.

Tablet technology should mature within the next 10 years, with the majority of companies using the technology. This is a decision point as the technologies the technology is newer, and the newer the technology, the riskier it can be. Those who purchase now are early adopters and have challenges to overcome.

Most of the new systems are wireless and offer cloud-based storage. There are some things to keep in mind when purchasing one of these new wireless solutions:

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Four ways restaurants lose money but don’t have to

Q: I’m losing money and I’ve been trying as hard as I can but I know I need to stop what we’re doing and reinvest/rebrand, we’re just not going to make it as is. What mistakes can I avoid this time around?

Restaurants lose money for a variety of reasons. At the core are improper financial fundamentals. Here are four areas in which restaurants fail and that you must improve to be profitable this time around:

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The advantage of using a consultant in driving your business

Q: I’ve been thinking about using a consultant to help me with my business. How do I know if one is qualified, and what are some advantages of using a consultant?

A: The field of consultancy is a wide open field without regulation. One day it will be regulated, but until then, there are certain qualifications to look for that will help you find a qualified, legitimate consultant who can help with your business. These criteria include certifications, a high level of education, prior experience in a professional services firm, a solid client base, a specialist not a generalist, a thirst for knowledge, a gift for teaching, a decade or more of industry experience in the consulting area, a systematic approach and a high hourly rate.

The following are some advantages of using a trained professional consultant:

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