In an effort to finally start a proper blogging schedule, and to expand our blog’s focus, we’re introducing the “Stuff We Love” series. The subject matter is just how it sounds, it’s all about stuff we love.   In our 1st post I want to bring some attention to an amazing little tool/service that I came across a few months back and have been very pleased with.

Allow me to introduce you to Square.

Square is a life saver for small businesses who deal in person credit card transaction.  Once signed up for the service you are provided with a free swiping attachment for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. They require no contracts and no monthly fees, while only charging  2.75% per transaction. 2.75% to swipe Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express?!?!?! Yes.

In my photography business it makes it extremely convenient to take wedding deposits at consults or collect final payments at portrait sessions.  Once I’ve swiped a card the money passes through my Square account and into my business account. Customers are also provided with a receipt via email!

You may also input credit card numbers through the keypad (for over the phone orders I would assume), but there is a slightly higher fee (3.5%+$0.15 per transaction).