Brian Sullivan
By Brian Sullivan on November 19, 2020

What is the Best POS System for Small Business in 2021? 5 Top Vendors

You've recently started a new business – great!

Before long, customers will be lining up at the door and ready to pay you for your product/service. But wait – how do you accept their payment?

You need a small business point of sale system. A small business point of sale (POS) system allows businesses to accept sales transactions, manage employees, and track inventory. According to one recent study, 56 percent of single-store retailers don't have a POS system in place, suggesting that SMBs still have a long way to go in accepting new and evolving POS technology.

What is the Best POS System for Small Business?

So, what's the best POS system for small business?

As an industry-leading POS provider, we've helped thousands of first-time business owners and managers find the very best POS system for their growing stores. From retail businesses and grocers, to liquor stores and convenience stores, we offer an ideal POS solution for almost every business vertical.

Since opening our doors, we have continually evolved our solution to keep pace with competitors. During that time, we've accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge to better serve our customers. And we've gotten a ton of great reviews!


However, not every POS vendor fits every use case, which is why your search for the right solution should include an in-depth analysis and evaluation of your own needs.

1. Lightspeed

Features: Since 2005, Lightspeed has offered POS software to retail businesses. Lightspeed offers features like e-commerce shop, loyalty program, safe payment, inventory management, built-in reports, and customer support.

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Benefits: The main benefit of Lightspeed is that it simplifies inventory management, generates insightful reports, and gives you all the necessary resources needed to track and monitor stock. Additionally, you can use OnSite POS to seamlessly switch from management to sales. Moreover, Lightspeed is compatible with Mac and iOS devices. Hardware – cash drawers, receipt printers, barcode scanners – can be purchased for an additional fee.

2. Toast

Features: Since 2013, Toast has served the restaurant community with powerful point of sale software. Toast's POS solution combines powerful cloud-based software, payment processing, and hardware purpose-built for restaurants. Popular features include tableside service, analytics, menu management, and support.

Benefits: The main benefit of Toast is its rich feature set, mobile support, and value. Toast offers both physical and digital gift cards, and allows restaurateurs to sell gift cards both in-store and online. Additionally, Toast customers utilize a real-time inventory app to monitor food inventory, units, prices, and supplies.

3. Rain

Features: Rain makes it simple and easy to grow your business with an all-in-one cloud-based point of sale and integrated website tool. Effortlessly manage your inventory, customers, and marketing all within one tool.

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Benefits: The solution is renowned for its repair tracking, purchase order, gift card, and reward capabilities. Moreover, in addition to helping you boost online sales, Rain allows for the automatic synchronization of your website and mobile. Unlike other retail POS solutions, Rain offers free training. This gives users the ability to quickly boost efficiency, profitability, and business growth.

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4. Epos Now

Features: Epos Now offers a complete point of sale solution designed for multiple business types. This award-winning point of sale software is specifically designed for your industry, offers on-the-go reporting, provides in-depth analytics, and is easy to use.

Benefits: Epos Now customers enjoy the system's ease of use, security, quick support, system expansion opportunities, report generation, and more. Additionally, though a built-in CRM, Epos Now customers can keep track of their customers and inspire additional purchases through powerful customer loyalty.

5. POS Nation

Features: To date, we've helped over 10,000 small businesses and merchants. There's a reason why more retail businesses partner with POS Nation. We offer powerful inventory control, sales reports, employee tracking, custom barcode printing, and many more features. These features come backed by best-in-class customer support.

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Benefits: When you partner with POS Nation, you're a part of the family. We handle your setup, training, payments, warranty, and everything else in between. With us, you're working with someone you know. And since we're responsible for every aspect of your POS system, we understand how all the components work together. Our customers range from small, independent businesses to large, multi-location enterprises. We support industry-leading retail shops, liquor stores, convenience stores, groceries and markets, tobacco shops, lawn and garden centers, hardware stores, and clothing shops.

Get Started With POS Nation

Getting started with POS Nation is easy. We recommend customizing your POS system with our system builder. With just a few clicks, you can build a customized POS solution for your unique retail store, liquor store, convenience store, or market.

Rolling Hill Farms in Waxhaw, NC, was ready to upgrade their business from an old POS system to a market-specific and fully-customized point of sale solution.


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Whether you decide to do business with POS Nation or select another provider, knowing what questions to ask can help you get past the sales pitch, and to a solution that works for your business

Published by Brian Sullivan November 19, 2020
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