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End of Day Reporting with Square for Restaurants

When you’re ready to close your restaurant for the night, you can run restaurant-specific reports to give you insights into your sales, reconcile cash, and tip out team members.

The first step to successfully run a close-of-day report is to Customise your Closing Procedures from your online Square Dashboard. Once you update your close-of-day settings, you’re ready to get started.

Check out the full comparison of features between Square POS, the Square for Restaurants Free Plan and Plus Plan.

Shift Reports

When a team member is ready to close out a shift, they’ll need to run a Shift Report to view their payment card tips (if optional tipping is enabled) and cash owed to the house before clocking out. Note: If you are not paying out service charges to team members, you can disregard Cash Owed to the House.

To run a Shift Report from the Restaurants app:

  1. Log into the app using a team member passcode.

  2. Tap Account at the bottom of the screen

  3. Click Run Shift Report.

  4. If everything looks right, tap Run Shift Report. If the figures look low, a team member may have processed a payment before clocking in — you can customise the time frame by tapping Edit Report.

If the figures listed look incorrect, you can try troubleshooting common issues with Shift Reports.

As long you’ve configured your closing procedure settings, team members will need to complete required actions before ending their shift.

Note: You can run Shift Reports from your compatible device with Square for Restaurants Plus. This feature is not yet available on Square Register.

Tip Out Your Team Members

Not every restaurant follows the same closing procedures, especially when it comes to tipping out team members. If your restaurant accepts optional tipping, below are a few of the common ways restaurants tip out at the end of a shift.

Tip Out from a Cash Drawer

  1. First, have your team members run their shift reports to view payment card tips (i.e. Non-Cash Tips).

  2. Next, head to Account > Cash Management > Pay In/Out. Make sure to label the payout (Team Member Name) Tips. On Square Register, tap Utilities > Cash Management > Paid In/Out. Payouts will create a record of cash deducted from a drawer, separate from cash sales.

Note: Payouts will not change the cash sales/refunds reflected on the Sales Summary report. Payouts will only reflect on your drawer report for an individual cash drawer.

Tip Pooling

If your restaurant pools tips, you’ll need to manually calculate the payout amount by adding the total tips for your team members from their shift reports. Just keep in mind, you’ll need to add the total cash tips as well since cash tips are not represented on the team member Shift Report.

For example: Let’s say you have three team members working different hours during a dinner shift. Together they collect $1,000 in tips for the night. Here’s how you can calculate the tip-out for each team member.

Hours Worked Total Hours Calculation Amount Owed
Server A works 8 hours 18 Total Hours (1000/18) X8 $444.40
Server B works 6 hours (1000/18) X6 $333.30
Server C works 4 hours (1000/18) X4 $222.20

Cash Drawer Report

Once you’re done tipping out team members from a cash drawer, you can generate a cash drawer report.

End Cash Drawer from App

To end an individual cash drawer and generate a report:

  1. Tap Account > Cash Management > End Drawer. On Square Register, select Utilities > Cash Management > End Drawer.  

You’ll also have the option to close other open cash drawers for the same location.

Close Remote Cash Drawer from App
  1. From the app, tap Account > Cash Management. On Square Register, tap Utilities > Cash Management.  

  2. Tap Other Drawers.

  3. You’ll see a list of other open cash drawers. Enter the drawer details (actual amount and drawer description) > End Drawer > Confirm End Drawer.

  4. Since you will be closing a drawer opened on another point of sale, you’ll need to confirm one last time by tapping End Drawer > Done.

End Cash Drawer Online

In addition to closing a cash drawer from the Restaurants app, you can close any open cash drawers from your online Square Dashboard.

To get started:

  1. Head to your online Square Dashboard > Reports.

  2. Click the Cash Drawers tab > Drawer Report.

  3. On the drawer report details, you’ll see the option to End Drawer. Enter the actual amount and drawer description.

If you want to grant a manager or team member access to manage cash drawers online, just make sure to update their permissions from the Team section of your online Square Dashboard. You’ll need to grant them permission to View Cash Drawer Reporting.

Online Drawer Report

Keep in mind: You will not be able to pay in/out when you end a drawer remotely.

Cash Drawer Behaviour

Cash drawer reports are device specific, so each point of sale using cash management will have a different report. If you have multiple devices with associated cash drawers, make sure to close out each drawer separately.

Next, on each drawer report, the Cash Sales line will add all of the cash payments processed through that device. If you have two team members using one point of sale to process payments, adding the total Cash Due on both of their shift reports should equal the total cash sales on the drawer report.

Here’s an example:

Example 1: Sarah and Andrés each process a $10 sale through the same point of sale with cash management enabled. On the drawer report, the total cash sales will equal $20 and each server’s shift report will reflect $10 cash due.

However, some restaurants need their team members to use multiple points of sale:

Example 2: Sarah processes two sales for $10, totaling $20: One transaction is processed through the Server POS, the other is processed through the Bar POS.

  • Sarah’s Shift Report: Total cash due is $20.

  • Server POS Cash Drawer Report: Total cash sales equals $10.

  • Bar POS Cash Drawer Report: Total cash sales equals $10.

Keep in mind, payouts from a cash drawer will not update your Close of Day report cash sales.

Close of Day Report

Once your team members are done closing bills, running their shift reports, and closing any open cash drawers, you can run your Close of Day report:

  1. From the Restaurants app, tap Actions.

  2. Next, select Run Close of Day.

  3. Close any open bills or cash drawers and clock out team members that haven’t done so yet. You can also update the required actions for running a Close of Day report from your online Square Dashboard.

  4. Once you’re all set, tap Run Close of Day.

Note: You can run Close of Day Reports from your compatible device with Square for Restaurants Plus. This feature is not yet available on Square Register.

Troubleshoot Restaurant Reporting

There are two primary ways a team member’s sales or tips may become incorrect. If a team member processes a sale either before they clock in or after they run their shift report, their sales figures will become skewed.

To fix the issue, you’ll want to customise the timeframe of the report.

For example, let’s look at updating the Shift Report:

  1. From the app, tap Account > Shift Report.

  2. Next, select Edit Report.

  3. Tap Time Period > Custom. To update, just tap and adjust the start and end times.

  4. When the times look right, tap the back arrow > Apply.

Read more about reporting with Square for Restaurants.

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