How to Order and Set Up a Free Square Credit Card Reader


Most people don’t carry a ton of cash around anymore. That can be super inconvenient if you’re an independent artist or a small business owner. Fortunately, Square offers a free credit card reader (though it does charge transaction fees) that you can plug into your phone. Here’s how to get your free reader and start taking credit card payments from your customers or clients.

The Square reader is handy way to take credit card payments without having to spend a ton of money on the fancy point of sale systems you see in stores. Square offers two types of readers. The first is a free simple reader that lets you swipe credit cards’ magnetic strips. It plugs into the headphone jack of an Android or iOS device. The second, which costs $50, allows you to take NFC payments and read chip cards. This one connects wirelessly to your phone.

Of course, Square’s not giving away free credit card readers for nothing. In exchange for the readers, Square charges a processing fee for each transaction. These fees start at 2.75% for swiped, chip, or contactless payments. These can be a little higher than other more elaborate point of sale systems, but you save a lot of money on the front end for the hardware.

Getting your Square reader is pretty simple. To get yours, head here and click Get A Free Reader.

First, you’ll need to create an account. Start…

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