We just finished a marathon show run  – three shows in three weeks – 6 days of craft shows.  Part of making pottery is finding avenues for pot disbursement and craft shows are one of those avenues.

As a by-product of selling, we have had to figure out how to take payments.  Cash and checks were easy solutions; but as we started to attend larger shows, credit cards became a necessity.  There are a lot of services out there – all with various fees and commitments.  Recently, we switched to Square.  This service offers a free credit card reader, no monthly fees, no contracts, and 2.75% transaction fee.  It requires a smart phone or IPad and internet access.  It doesn’t require a business bank account and is very easy to set up.  Deposits are made directly to our account and I can download a transaction register which itemizes each payment and its corresponding fee.

I can’t say enough about this product.  If you have a business or any need to take payment by credit card, this is a great service.