How to ensure that your guesthouse has the perfect card machine

When you’re running a guesthouse, you can easily get swept up in the day-to-day activities that you can forget to improve and optimise your business. The only thing you’re still battling with is how to handle the payments that’ll be coming in each morning at checkout and at every meal. In this blog we’ll help you choose card machines for your guesthouse, because you need one, and the return on investment is great.

Mobile point-of-sale devices are practical and affordable

Before, you only accepted hard cash and EFT payments, but that’s hardly ideal. Now you’re considering card machines, but are concerned about the costs involved in setting one up in time for the busiest time of the year. Traditional POS systems might take longer to install and are the pricier option, but mobile point-of-sale (mPos) devices, like ZipZap, are a fantastic option if you need a payment solution installed fast and inexpensively.

Selecting the right credit card machine provider will guarantee you’ll get the correct device for your business.

The trick is to choose the right provider who is also certified to the highest level of data security standard so that both you and your customers have the assurance that private payment information is protected. Your supplier should also offer a range of card machines, so you’re assured the right machine for your business. For instance, if you’re located in an area where signal is patchy, a dual SIM machine would be perfect. If your guesthouse needs to take payment at many different locations, then a mobile POS machine might be ideal.

A mobile POS machine is a plus for both you and your guests

Having a mobile card reader allows your guests to choose how they want to pay. A local guest might prefer to use one way of paying, but a visitor from Europe might prefer a different one altogether. Having both payment options available allows you to give better service to your valued guests, and helps promote your brand image too. Not only that, if you advertise on your website that you accept card payments, you’ll draw more customers to your establishment. What’s more, the setup costs of ZipZap are lesser than traditional credit card machines, and you could have your mPos device up and running within a couple of days of applying for it. You’ll also be able to view all your transactions for free online.

All you need is a smartphone and the ZipZap reader and app

An mPos device lets you take payments anywhere, be that in the garden, at reception, or in your dining area. All you need to transact is the ZipZap card reader, a phone, tablet or computer. The card reader connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB to Windows Desktop, The ZipZap card reader looks just like a normal card reader, so your guests won’t have any trouble using it.