A Square vs. Shopify comparison

What’s the best all-in-one payment platform for you?

Everything you need to run your business, anywhere, anytime.

Square has all the tools you need to reach your customers and grow your business, whether in person, online or both.

The Square POS system is made for selling in person and online.

Set up a free online store and integrate with one of our shipping partners.

Send an unlimited number of invoices, estimates or recurring invoices to request payments for goods & services.

Track employees, inventory, and sales all for free using Square POS Software.

Keep new and existing customers coming back with Marketing & Loyalty tools that grow your business.

Simplify your day with our web-based appointment scheduling software and app.

Get your money deposited in your bank account as fast as the next working day or instantly for a fee.


How Square compares to Shopify*

Trustpilot scores Square: 4.1 Shopify: 1.4
Cost comparison    
In person processing fee 1.75% 1.5% - 1.7% (depending on which paid subscription)
No refund fees
Yes
No
No chargeback fees
Yes
Yes £10
No additional fees for American Express
Yes
Yes
No hardware rental fees
Yes
Yes
Next business day transfer as standard
Yes
Yes
Instant transfer - access funds in minutes (for a fee)
Yes
No
In-person payments    
Free POS App
Yes
Yes
All-in-one till system with customer display and built-in software
Yes
No
Countertop iPad till stand with card reader
Yes
No
Lowest card reader price Square Reader - £16 + VAT WisePad3 Reader - £49
Portable card machine with built-in receipt printer & free, pre-installed POS software
Yes
No
Physical gift cards
Yes
Yes
Offline mode Yes with Square Terminal
No
Online and remote payments    
Free online store
Yes
Yes
Website templates
Yes
Yes
Online ordering for Restaurants
Yes
Yes
Photo Studio app for item library and online store
Yes
No
Payment links
Yes
Yes
Invoicing software
Yes
No
Virtual Terminal to take payments over the phone or on your computer
Yes
No
e-Gift Cards
Yes
Yes
Solutions designed for you    
Bespoke Retail POS System
Yes
No
Bespoke Restaurant POS System
Yes
No
Bespoke POS System for Appointments-based businesses
Yes
No
Kitchen Display System
Yes
No
Loyalty programme software
Yes
No
Email marketing software
Yes
Yes
Team management
Yes
Yes
Inventory management
Yes
Yes
  • Competitive data on this page was collected as of 21 June 2022 and is based on information found on shopify.co.uk. This information is subject to change or update without notice. Square does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.

Four things you can depend on with Square.

Whether you need a point of sale for your retail shop, quick-service restaurant, beauty salon or on-the-go jobs, Square offers the reliability and ease of use every business needs.


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