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This is my daughter Emma’s (center) first year selling Girl Scout cookies and let me tell you, now that you have to buy the boxes in advance prior to selling, we had some serious cookies to sell! Her friend’s mom signed up for a super cool site called SquareUp.com which allowed us to accept credit cards at last weekend’s cookie stand. I tell you, it is truly the Girl Scouts of the next generation.

People got the biggest kick out of the sign along with the sticker they were able to adhere to the Lakeshore cash register.

Upon investigation, I ended up signing up for my own SquareUp.com account for my business. Once you sign up, they will mail you a free Mobile Card Reader. There is a $0 monthly fee, and it is 2.75% per swipe. For bigger companies, there is also the option to pay a flat fee of $275 monthly with 0% per swipe.  Manually entered cards cost 3.5% + $0.15 per transaction.

Once you get your free card reader, you download the free app on your iPhone, iPad or Android and link to your bank account. Plug in the reader and you’re ready to take payments, and money is deposited next day.

I thought this was a cool service to pass on, especially if you are a mom that organizes events and want another way to collect money vs. tracking down checks! Or, for small business owners that want a new way to accept credit cards with a flat rate, so after that, what you sell is what you keep.

The reader works with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Now, anyone want to buy some cookies?! We take credit cards! LOL…


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  1. 1
    Leslie says:

    I was just in a PTA meeting today trying to figure out how we can accept credit cards for our upcoming silent auction…thanks for helping me avoid a lot of unnecessary research!

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    Jen says:

    This would be awesome for a silent auction – you could even build the percentage into the final cost if someone wanted to pay by credit card.

    My friend who got it did some research and this was the best deal she found.

    Good luck!

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