Decatur, GA Shops and Restaurants

It’s a great time to be a small business or restaurant owner

Decatur, GA Shops and Restaurants

It’s a great time to be a small business or restaurant owner if you are a millennial. A recent study showed by the SBCD showed that 49% of Millennials want to start their own business in the next three years. Over half would say goodbye to the daily grind to start their own business with the right resources.

Good job there are plenty of Point of Sale systems to help you get ahead of the curve.

So, why jump on the entrepreneurial wagon? How can a great POS System help me?

INDEPENDENCE. The biggest plus to being your own boss is Independence. You make the decisions; you choose what you do and when you do it. It is important to arm yourself with technology that can grow with you. A POS system can add devices easily. Opening an additional stall at a farmer’s market? Adding a pop up shop during peak season? POS can help you with that, you don’t even need more hardware. You can do it from that smartphone of yours!

CONTROL. Control is a wonderful thing. As a business owner, from concept to creation every inch of the business is in your hands. Complete immersion in your business can be thrilling and overwhelming, so why not use POS to work FOR you. POS improves inventory visibility, helps track sales and works with you to manage total counts and shelf inventory. With a system that can track product to such a high caliber, you will be able to make future inventory predictions more accurately.

FLEXIBILITY Perhaps the biggest plus to running a small business is flexibility. Smaller staff sizes allow businesses to develop personal relationships with the customer, leading to repeat business. With a system like POS you can make sure the customer experience is the top priority. Freeing up employees from time consuming book keeping to focus on activities related to boosting clientele service. Faster checkouts and easy to use systems have customers leaving already planning their next visit.

Sound like it’s for you? For more information on the systems available from CoCard, head to our main website at www.cocard.info.

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REVONU POS and Holy Cross Monastery: a Match Made in Heaven!

Brother Will working in the shop with REVONU POS

Brother Will working in the shop with REVONU POS

While COCARD’s REVONU POS is already well known for powering payments at restaurants, salons, and retail establishments, it also helps Holy Cross Monastery manage their gift shop inventory, payments and book sales.

Read what Holy Cross Monastery’s Brother Scott has to say about REVONU POS and COCARD.

COCARD: First, what is your primary use for REVONU POS?

Brother Scott: Our system is in the gift shop where we sell a mixture of books, religious gifts, candy bars and snacks.

 

COCARD: What made your monastery choose REVONU POS for your payment processing?

Brother Scott: We have been working with COCARD for a while, primarily because the previous POS system we were using had recommended COCARD as a merchant services provider. Also, when EMV came about we were looking at how to accommodate that. We had the option to stay with a previous system or change to what COCARD was recommending. COCARD’s support had always been quite good so we felt confident in going with their recommendation, which was REVONU POS.

 

COCARD: How has REVONU POS improved the operation of your business?

Brother Scott: The previous software we used had been minimally updated since the 90’s. So, now that we have been able to use the newer technology, particularly the cloud based software to access the back office from anywhere, our store has been running a lot smoother.

 

COCARD: So you would say that REVONU POS has made your business run easier and more efficiently?

Brother Scott: Yes! Especially because COCARD’s customer service has been so reliable and has made converting to REVONU POS a smooth process.

 

COCARD: What is your favorite aspect of REVONU POS?

Brother Scott: Again, the newer technology and back office cloud integration is great! Also the staff in the store really like the ease of the touch- screen functions on the terminal.

If you think that your business could benefit from adopting a REVONU point of sale terminal, like Holy Cross Monastery does, call COCARD today at 1(800)317- 1819!

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Today’s Top Point of Sale News – Keeping Your Restaurant Busy!

HamburgerAccording to an article by @emmiemartin, 90% of Americans don’t cook – and it’s costing them thousands each year:

Here are some tips for capturing a share of that dining out cash in your restaurant:

 

Improve your digital presence

Both on social media and your website.  Are you using Instagram?  Take pictures of your food and post it on Instagram routinely, use hashtags to describe and elaborate on your food, connect your Instagram account to the restaurants Facebook page and Twitter, one post on Instagram and you’ve also posted on Facebook and Twitter.  Do this routinely, even think about taking photos of your food on a day off, lots of items and have them in your photos to post on off days, be consistent.

Customer loyalty

Everyone likes FREE food!, so let Revonu help you create a loyalty program and keeps your customers coming back for the good food and say thanks with FREE food!

Re-think your menu items

Let’s look at your menu, do you have items that are not selling?  Maybe Mom’s stuffed cabbage is just not selling?  Make it at home and let’s get it off the menu, Mom will understand.  Keep the items that sell the best and make them GREAT!  Add new items one at a time and test them first as specials.

Offer Online Ordering

One of the fastest ways to increase revenue is to offer customers another way to order from your restaurant. Let customers place their order online, select all of the items and have that order print right to your kitchen printer – no need to have someone on the phone making mistakes! REVONU POS users receive online ordering as part of their suite of POS features.

Manage staff more effectively

With Revonu your staff can login and log out on the system, helping you manage their time.  Need a night off?  Login to your Revonu back-office from home and see who is working the night shift and how sales are going from your couch!

Let’s work together to keep your restaurant busy and cash in on those folks who just don’t like to cook at home!  We can help!

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Is Your Menu Online, does your business have online ordering?

According to Google, 97% of consumers use the web to search for local businesses –has your business got an online presence? Having a strong online presence is an important part of your marketing strategy, no matter what size your business or what industry the REVONU team can help.  From building your website to posting your menu online.  Let’s talk about your online presence and work together so your customers can find your business online!Restaurant

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New Year, Newer You: 4 Things To Remember As 2018 Moves Along

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As we find ourselves in the second month of 2018, we at COCARD would like to do a quick check in for any New Year’s resolutions you may have made this year, or things that you’d like to improve on for the upcoming year. From money management skills to planning, how have you been doing with these things since January 1st?

 

  1. Managing cash flow

 

How do you manage the money that goes in and out of your business? Money is the lifeline that keeps your doors open, and your business running. Without it, you and your business will have a difficult time existing. Did you know that 82% of startups and small businesses fail because of a lack of cash flow, according to a study from U.S. Bank, a financial services company? So take stock of where your money is coming from, and if needed, take stock of tip #2, reviewing your rates.

 

  1. Reviewing your rates and charging your worth

 

It is one thing to charge one rate as you start, but another thing to keep the same rate as you’ve gained more experience and can prove the value that you bring to another business or company. So look at rates in your industry, and make sure that you are charging a rate that fits your experience and worth. Anything less would be criminal, and would hinder your ability to bring in the right amount of money for your business and livelihood. So do your research, and even write down the value that you’ve provided to customers. Then set new rates.

 

  1. Staying on top of your industry-game

 

As a professional in your field, you should continue to learn. Learning doesn’t stop after you make a certain amount of money. It also doesn’t stop after you’ve reached a certain professional marker. To stay current and at the top of your game, you should read books, take courses, and attend events that will help you to keep developing your skills. In this way, your business will continue to evolve for the better, and can continue to compete in the marketplace.

 

  1. Focusing on what works

 

If you come up against obstacles or questions, you should focus on the things that work for you. If something isn’t working, toss it aside, and continue moving forward. This method allows you to make room for something else in the future, something potentially much better than what you had before.

As the year progresses, it is important for us as business owners to take stock of the roads we are taking and how we will get there, to our destinations. For all of us, “there” often means profitability along with a strong bond with our customers.

What else have you taken stock of as a business owner since this year has started?

 

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