Are you a retailer looking for a free POS system? If you are, there are some things you need to think through before you put any system into your store.
After all, there are a lot of choices when it comes to POS systems. You have to answer some questions about each system so that you can be sure you're comparing apples with apples.
The first question you should answer is if the system is actually free. Is the system free forever, or are they offering you a free trial? Most of the "free systems" you find on the Internet are not actually free. They're free trials. You will have to pay for them eventually if you want to keep using them.
Some companies do offer actual free POS software that you can use though. The next question you should answer is whether the free system has all the functionality that you need in a POS system. Most of these free systems are limited. You will have to pay to upgrade to the premium system if you want to get more out of the program.
Another question: If you've entered data, such as sales, inventory items, and customers, into the free system, will you be able to move this data to another system if you want to? If not, you'll have to enter it all manually into the new system. This might not concern you if you don't have a lot of data, but it's something to think about if you do.
A final question is whether you need installation, configuration, hardware, training, and support services. If you or a member of your staff is technical enough, you can probably take the software and install it, configure it, and learn how to use it yourself. You can probably also pick up some cheap POS hardware and install it yourself.
It's very unlikely, though, that any POS company is going to give these services away for free. The only way you'll find a company giving away hardware for free is if you sign up for some other service with them, such as credit card processing. After all, they have to generate revenue somehow.
Anyway, these are just a few of the questions you need to answer before you consider using any POS system in your store. If you do your due diligence and answer them, you'll know what the true cost of the system is and you can make an informed decision.