Say you’re a photographer, graphic designer, contractor, entrepreneur, or anyone with an iPad who uses invoices to collect payments on goods and services. First you use your awesome tablet device to show off your amazing portfolio of work, and then when your client agrees to hire you, you switch to your well prepared invoice app to help you make your final point of sale in a very professional manner.
No fumbling around with a pen, paper forms, calculator, or even an online cashier app. Everything is done and digitally completed for you and your client on your iPad. The iTunes App Store has two useful free point of sale apps that provide you with a quick way to set your inventory and client information.
Quick Sale Lite
Don’t let the Lite version of Quick Sale make you think this app is not worth downloading. Quick Sale Lite has sufficient features for users who don’t need an elaborate payments system or who perhaps only have a small inventory of items and services for sale. Out of the two apps I will review here, Quick Sale is the most well designed and seriously easiest system to set up.
The Demo Company included in the app provides you with pretty much all you need to know to get started and set up your own business. The user interface was designed with you and your clients, not accountants, in mind. The register buttons are large for quick and easy data input.
Even if your client doesn’t have experience with an iPad, they can easily type in their personal information which becomes a part of your database.
You can create and organize all of your items, services and other costs, into categories and favorites for easy tapping and adding to a client invoice. Quick Sale also retains all of your invoices – paid and unpaid – and it breaks them down into the days and weeks they were added.
Of course if you need more, Quick Sale Pro includes features for exporting invoices as PDFs, quote estimates, and credit card processing. But for your basic needs, you can simply email invoices to your clients, similar to how Apple does receipts in its stores.
Ring It Up
Ring It Up lacks the design, intuitive use, and demonstration found in Quick Sale, but it still has features that might fit your particular needs.
The Main Menu of Ring It Up is where you can access all of its features for setting up your inventory of products and services, itemizing expenses, adding sales contacts, reviewing saved reports and more.
The free version of Ring It Up of course has limitations, but it’s useful if you only have lightweight sales needs or if you just want to try it before you purchase one of the more advanced versions.
The app also allows you to set up your inventory of products and services to be added at point of sale. You can also add clients directly in the app, or import their information from your Address Book. The app also includes a feature for scheduling recurring invoices or sales.
Thankfully the developers provide a way to customize the homepage of the device, with perhaps your company logo or an image of your work. Which is good because the cash register graphic is a serious turn off, to say the least.
Let us know what you think of these free point of sale solutions. There are other paid apps in the App Store that allow you to set up cash register apps for credit card payments and backend inventory, but these apps will at least let you see what the possibilities are for your own business.
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