Square for iPhone – Item Library
One of the biggest disappointments I’ve had with Square for iPhone was that it didn’t include the same functionality of the iPad counterpart — namely, the ability to creat an Item Library. So I’m excited to announce that the newest upgrade to the iPhone app finally addresses this.
An Item Library is kind of like a catalog of your merchandise, complete with price, category, SKU and a preview image. The usefulness is obvious, you can use it as a handy register to record sales — or you could use it as a point-of-purchse display to encourage customers to assemble their own order.
Now that it’s available to iPhone app users, we, too, can easily build libraries and use them for convention appearances. The process is easy, and it can be done from your desktop or from the iPhone app itself. I found it easier to build the library on my desktop, since I could easily find my book-cover images there.
- When you sign in to Squareup.com, click on Account
- Click “Items” (it’s in the navigation bar across the top of the dashboard)
- Click Create and Item (upper right)
- Enter a name for the item, along with a price and an SKU (if you use one)
- Select (or create) a category for the merchadise.
- Click edit under the photo icon to the left of the entry and path to an image (JPG or PNG) of the merchandise.
- Click Create (lower right)
Using Square to its fullest
Square has a lot of functionality beyond accepting credit cards. Here are a few features you should be aware of.
You can edit the sales tax, depending on the city you’re selling in. This automatically adds the proper sales tax onto your order and presents the total to the buyer. It’s as easy as entering a number in a box, so you don’t have to worry about selling inChicago this weekend and Philadelphia the next.
You can use Square to handle cash transactions. In fact, you should. Why? Simple:
- You can easily add sales tax to the transaction, if you so choose.
- This makes tracking inventory during a busy convention a breeze. At the end of the show, you have a tally of everything you sold.
Are you featuring a sale or a special? Create a discount and apply it to any order at any time.
What if you’re selling the same merchandise at two different proces — for example, perhaps you sell you graphic novels at one price, but artist editions of those novels at a premium price. Instead of creating two Items in the Item Library, you can create an Artist Edition modifiers that adds on the premium to the book price.