No small business is too small to accept credit cards, and you don't need a lot of special equipment to do it. Gadgets such as the Square reader plug into your iPhone to transform it into a business-ready credit card reader. The new Merchant Case from Griffin makes it even easier to process payments using your iPhone. It does more than simply protect your phone from dings and drops – it makes using the Square reader easier and more convenient.
The case is custom-molded to fit the Square reader when it's connected to your iPhonevia the headphone jack at the bottom of the phone. That stabilizes the reader, reducing swivel and making it easier for customers to get a clean swipe every time. The case also sports non-slip sides and grooves that help your customers hold the phone while they swipe, or while digitally signing after the transaction is complete.
At the end of the work day, stow the Square reader in a nook on the back of the Merchant Case. That way you'll never have to search for the add-on, or dig it out of your bag, when it's time to make a sale. And like any good smartphone case, the Merchant Case protects your fragile iPhone from drops – a distinct possibility when you're frequently handing the device to consumers to complete a sale.
Using Square to process payments is easy: Just plug the dongle into the headphone jack on your iPhone, download and configure the Square Register app, and swipe a credit card to start processing payments on the go. The app also allows you to enter credit card information manually. Square takes a cut of every payment, but face it: If your business doesn't accept credit cards, you are losing out on sales.