Questions To Ask Before Buying POS Software

Your POS software is the central nervous system of your business. This is the primary reason why you need to ensure that you are getting a system that is right for your business. To do this, there are a number of questions that you should ask before you buy your POS system.

What Are The Important Features Your Business Needs?

The first question to ask is what features your business is going to need from the POS system. There are a lot of features that your business will need that others might not and you have to consider this. There are also some features of POS systems that are universal and you have to have.

These features include the tacking and calculating of checkouts as well as the tracking of cash in the tills. You should also be able to access different reports such as sales reports, items sold and restock data. Some other features that you might require, which might not be automatically included in the software will include integration with certain third-party software and a clock-in system for your employees.

What Are The Costs?download

Cost is an important factor when you purchase any software for your business. When looking at cost, you should not only look at the initial cost of the system. You also need to consider the value for money and what the longevity of the software will be. Most POS systems come with specific costs and these costs are generally broken down into different categories.

According to the first is the hardware which is required to run the software. This could be the barcode scanner you need to the computer system the software runs on. You will need to purchase this hardware to use the system and you have to factor this into the costs.

The cost of integration is also something to consider. While many POS software comes with integration features, this will generally have an additional fee. This additional fee could come from the POS software or from the third party software that it is integrating with.

The service and support that the POS company offers may come at a flat fee each month. There are many software companies that will include the support costs in the overall price of the software. It is important that you know about this and determine which option is the best for you.

Is It User-Friendly?

Any POS software that you purchase needs to be user-friendly because you are going to be using it every day. There are a few ways that you can determine this with the best being to test the system first. Many companies will offer you a free trial of the software before you purchase and you need to take advantage of this.

Another way to determine this is to ask other companies who have used it. This will help you get a working knowledge of the product as see if it will work for your business. Of course, you need to be careful when talking to other companies as their needs could differ from your own. Click here to learn more.

There Are So Many Good Reasons To Take Business Admin Courses These Days

Why choose to take a business admin course or pick this degree path? Well, there are many reasons why a person would go that route. Business administration was what I first chose when I went to college, and I quickly found out that there were many others that decided upon the same major. It is an all-encompassing degree path that can open up many doors in the business world upon graduation.

Let’s take a step back for a minute though. Business Administration is also a good general major for those that want to go into the field of business but don’t know what niche yet. Instead of being undeclared, you can choose business administration and work on that general degree path until you narrow down your field of choices later on. You can get your gen ed requirements out of the way and start taking electives even that would fit with other degree paths in the field of business, too.

Additionally, a degree in business administration, and even courses for that matter, are great for entrepreneurs. I didn’t end up getting a business degree and instead went back to school to complete my BA. That was my path, but what is yours? Whether you know what you want to do or not yet, business administration is a great field to explore, especially in this day and age.

There are more entrepreneurs these days than ever before. I run my own business, and I recognize the fact that business administration classes of all types can be beneficial to business owners. Perhaps you are already out of school, however, and you are currently employed and like your job. Maybe you work for a company, and your job is in the field of business. Continuing your education and taking additional business administration classes could open doors for you and perhaps put you up for a promotion and a raise.

It could be that you like your job, but you are also thinking that there is no room for advancement. Maybe it is time to take some courses, further your education and either apply for a position with a different company or start your own business. The possibilities are endless with business administration courses. A degree in business administration is as mentioned earlier one that is all-encompassing and provides many different possibilities.

I have mentioned quite a few reasons why you might want to pursue either business administration courses or the degree in general. Now you might be able to see how all of this applies to you. Again, maybe you aren’t sure what you want to do yet, but you want to get your foot in the door in regards to studying business. These classes are a great way to do so.

You might be running your own business before long. I have been doing so for over six years. It’s exciting, and business administration classes can help prepare you for that type of future and much more. All you have to do now is take that leap of faith. Find out more

Captain’s Log

I was looking for the Las Vegas airport recently. Does it go by a different name?

You have experienced a common problem in the airport world. The official names of airports aren’t always obvious or well known. We have accounted for this in our app by providing search capability at the top of the screen in the airport list. You can search by airport name, city name, or three letter airport ID. The Las Vegas airport is actually officially named the McCarran International airport (listed under M in the alphabetical list). You could also search by using the word Vegas or Las Vegas. Searching for LAS (the official three letter identifier for this airport) would locate the airport also. Hope this helps.

What is the biggest airline in the world?

After merging with Continental Airlines, United Airlines is now the largest airline in the world.

Why do I have to turn off my cell phone in-flight?

Because the Flight Attendant says so!  Only kidding. (well maybe only half kidding)

The FAA is playing it safe.  Their position is that determining the effect of a hundred brands of cell phones operating at one time is impossible to test and certify as having no effect on the plane’s systems. Therefore, this rule is in the category of “better safe than sorry”.

Hey McCarran, Is There Such a Thing as ‘New Terminal Scent’?

Vegas Baby!

Big news, travelers. The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has opened their brand new Terminal 3!  Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue, Sun Country and Virgin America are all scheduled to move in tomorow, July 31st, 2012.  If you are flying on one of these airlines into or out of Vegas on Tuesday, be aware of this change and get excited!  It’s not often that you get to fly into a brand new terminal.

We at Airport Life have been following the journey of this new terminal for quite some time. Over the past few months, we have researched for updates on the construction, photos, even the promotional races and activities leading up to opening day and all sources seem to be unanimous: this is a very impressive expansion.

Please send us personal reactions and photos from your travels into and out of this new terminal.   We can’t wait to see it in person!

Congratulations, McCarran!

A Word From the Road

Good evening travelers,

Captain Dan here.  I just landed at the Denver Airport and am headed to my layover.  It looks like there is a lot of road construction on the roads around the terminal building so I wanted to send a quick update.

If you know someone driving to the airport to drop off or pickup a passenger in this area, be sure to plan on adding some extra time.  Already have Airport Life? For assistance, tap the “Airport Site” button on the Denver Airport page in the Airport Life app.  This will take you directly to the official airport website to see details on the construction.  We are here to make your air travel easier from news to app features to answering your questions.  Have a great night, travelers.

Over and out!

A Report from TechStars

Captain Dan with David Cohen after a Patriot Boot Camp event

Good afternoon, Travelers!

As many of you know, this week Captain Dan was at the TechStars event, Patriot Boot Camp. Yesterday, I received this note from the Captain about his experience there and wanted to share it with you!

It is the last day of my participation in the program put on by TechStars for military veteran entrepreneurs. Wow! This has been one of the best opportunities my business, Airport Life, has had. The mentoring, advice, connections, and interaction with other veterans doing what I am doing has been absolutely invaluable! I am more excited about the future of Airport Life than ever. Captain Dan saying, that’s all for now, over and out!

What is the outside air temperature at cruise altitude?

It is an incredibly cold -30 to -65 degrees Fahrenheit! Cool trivia (no pun intended): The only temperature where the Fahrenheit and Celsius readings are exactly the same is -40 degrees.

What causes in-flight turbulence?

The effect of Turbulence can be described as similar to the effect that rocks in a stream have on the water flowing over them.  Air can be thought of as really, really thin water in how it behaves. When air is flowing past mountains, thunderstorms, and other objects, it swirls. Thus turbulence during your flight. There are other causes of turbulence as well, but more on that later.