I received my Square a few days ago. Haven’t heard of it? It’s a great little device you can use to receive credit/debit card payments. Let me give you a closer look.
These devices are just plain interesting. All you need is a device running iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) or Android, and you’re good to go.
To set it up you first download the app onto your device. From inside the app, you enter in your routing number, your bank account number, and that’s it. Really. From there, anytime you’re ready to receive a payment, you enter in the amount, swipe the card, have the person sign for it, and that’s it.
I’ve heard of many “mom and pop” coffee shops and stores that will use an iPad and a Square as their primary device to receive payments from customers. I’ve heard of students using it to receive rent payment from their roommates. People are using it to sell their stuff in garage sales or craigslist. The uses are seemingly endless.
Churches, of course, need to really take advantage of this. We’re doing a Charity Water campaign to build a well, and we’re going to be using the device to help raise funds. We’ll be selling pizzas, water, and possibly other stuff. And how easy would it be, if people don’t have cash, to offer to accept credit/debit card payments. It’s a no-brainer. It’s easy to set up an account for an organization, so there’s no real excuse.
I encourage you to check it out and get one for your church. I think it will make things much easier.
At the bottom are two great videos that help you to see it in action: