1 + 2: Or go for a cash register, if you don’t want EPOS
Businesses who want all their backend analytics, staff management, inventory etc. tied together should opt for a modern EPOS system run on a computer, tablet or mobile device. However, if you want the cheapest possible point of sale, you can opt for a cash register.
Read more: All the key differences between a cash register and POS system
A cash register is one machine that consists of a keypad of push buttons, cash drawer, display (cashier-facing and sometimes customer-facing) and inbuilt receipt printer. Some cash registers can be connected with a barcode scanner.
Advantages of a cash register:
Cheapest system for point of sale
No monthly fees
All-in-one device for transactions, receipt printing and cash management
Works offline (card processing still needs internet)
Disadvantages of a cash register:
Does not do analytics or more than basic reports
Not linked with inventory system, staff management or other business tools
Limited how many products you can save for barcode scanning and shortcuts
Does not include card processing capability