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How to Start Your Online Business for Free: An Online Store and a Payment Card Reader

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Starting your own small business can be a daunting task. There are so many things to think about – from the products you’ll sell, to the branding and marketing of your business, to the day-to-day operations. But what if we told you that you could start your small business for free? It’s true! In this blog post, we will teach you how to start an online store and use a payment card reader to process payments if providing products or services in person. Let’s get started!


An Online Store

An online store is a great way to start your small business for free. With an online store, you can sell products or services to customers all over the world. You'll need a website to host your store, and you'll need to use a e-commerce platform like Shopify, Square or WooCommerce to create and manage your store. However they often come with a cost but like the blog post implies. You can get started for free..


A Payment Card Reader

A payment card reader is a device that you can use to process payments from customers. You can use a payment card reader to accept payments from debit cards, credit cards and PayPal. There are many different types of payment card readers available, so you'll need to choose one that meets your needs. Some popular payment card readers include the Square Reader, the PayPal Here Reader and the iZettle Reader.



So, how do you get started? First, you'll need to create a Square account. You can do this by visiting square.com. Once you've created an account, the Square Dashboard is where you'll find all of your account information and settings. Square will also provide you with a guide that you can follow.






To have your own website, access the Online page in your square dashboard as shown in the image or visit square.online to get started.






Every freebie comes with a catch: you won’t have access to all of the features of a premium subscription. However, if you’re just getting started or want to see if having an online store is right for you, this could be a wonderful opportunity to test the waters without committing too much money.

There are a few things to note with a free square online account:

  • Your online store won’t have a customized domain and you can only use a square.site domain suffix for example businessname.square.site

  • There is a fee for taking card payments both online and with the card reader.

  • You’ll have to pay a fee for using certain features, such as Square Marketing, e.t.c.

But overall, Square offers a great way for businesses to start processing payments without any upfront costs.

So there you have it! Two ways to start your small business for free – an online store and a payment card reader. Be sure to visit square.com for more information on setting up your account and processing payments from customers. Thanks for reading!

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