Mistakes are not anything we want to spend time on, and even when we realize one has been made, most people would prefer to just acknowledge it and move on. There is a way you can avoid ever making another mistake again. All you have to do is nothing. that’s right, the only way you can make a mistake is by trying. In other words, mistakes come with the deal of all productivity. Some are more significant and some are nominal. What lies waiting on the other side of every mistake is a chance to start over or regroup, and within every mistake there’s an excellent lesson to be learned, which becomes easily committed to memory, due to the pain of the mistake. Most people would prefer to be the one to discover their own mistakes, as it’s not as painfully embarrassing as when a coworker happens to point it out to us. A lot of important information we use in technology comes from costly mistakes that our predecessors made in paving the way for us. We have no more immunity than they did, when it comes to other mistakes we might be likely to make. And so it goes.
The Big Reveal
Of course, the worst kind of mistakes are the ones that cost money, and a horrible truth to face is when you’ve invested in equipment and/or technology for your business, only to find out too late that you purchased the wrong stuff. It’s unlikely that anyone purchasing a POS system for their business doesn’t experience a degree of prepurchase and postpurchase fear. It would seem unnatural to not have a little tug of your conscience or self doubt. These are actually healthy, and show our humanity. The problem would be if you let such feelings prevent you from moving ahead with integrating this important technology into your operations. Buying POS software is a sizeable investment, capable of greatly impacting the future of your business. Most consumers have no idea of just how many POS systems there are to choose from. Each one is different, and there can be so many considerations for so many components that anyone could become overwhelmed and confused. No matter what – Don’t allow anxiety to force you into a hasty purchase. Take your time, and make sure you know what you’re buying, and that it is what you need. The following are some of the mistakes you should not make.
Never Buy POS Hardware First
Entering into POS technology is unlike most other ventures. It would be perfectly warranted and acceptable to go out shopping for a Sony Playstation 4 and then later going shopping for games to play on it. You could buy a house first, before buying furniture for it. Buy a vacuum cleaner before you buy accessories to go with it. Buy the bed before you buy the bedding linens and spread. Not so, with transitioning to a POS system, as the area where you’ll find your operational needs best addressed will be in the software. If you conduct the proper search and study up on the different forms of software for your particular needs, finding hardware to support it will be a breeze. Choose your hardware first, and then, you will be met with wall after wall, a pitiful limit to what you can accomplish and the way it’ll be used. Additionally, each different software program will offer restricted compatibility to a specific type of printer, scanner, card reader, cash drawer and more. Most software is designed for a specific version of Windows, MAC Linux, Unix, etc. Buy your POS software, then get the most highly recommended hardware and operating systems you can afford.
Who You Talkin’ To?
Don’t make the common mistake of confusing a computer consultant with a POS technology wiz. Most are NOT. They’re unqualified to make decent recommendations for your business. Not to undervalue computer consultants, who are excellent resources when it comes to computers, hardware and even networking. That’s what they do, and what they’re trained and authorized to do. Talk can be cheap – especially when someone stands to lose and gain nothing. Try asking one to tell you how many different types of POS systems there are, and you’ll get a good idea as to his or her scope of POS knowledge. Even someone with their own POS experience is not qualified to direct your purchase for the specific needs of your business.