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Important COVID-19 Resources for Square Sellers

We’re all facing unique challenges right now, and for business owners, the stakes are particularly high. We want to offer support and help in the ways we can.

This page will serve as your resource for product updates and communication highlighting what Square is doing to support business owners navigate these unique challenges. We will be sharing new features, alternatives for payment processing, suggestions for prioritising your team’s health and much more.

As we work through this together, we encourage you to ask questions, voice your concerns, and provide feedback to Square on the resources you need. The Square Seller Community serves as your forum for these conversations, directly with Square and other Square sellers like yourself. We’ve also created a resource hub to help bring attention to additional tools that are at your disposal. Our Support Centre will continue to provide useful information, as well as instructions regarding different Square products.

Helpful Resources

Town Square Business Resource Centre

With challenging times making it difficult for businesses to stay open, we want to provide you with resources that can help you to continue to grow. Head over to our Town Square Business Resource Centre to read up on valuable topics for small businesses and browse through industry-specific blog posts that range from current trends, growth strategies, immediate support and more.

You can also join our Business Resources Topic in our Seller Community to see what other businesses are doing during this time.

Product and Feature Updates

Products To Help Continue Taking Payments During COVID-19

We understand that this can be a challenging time for your business and we are here to assist. Square has turned to our manufacturing and supplier partners and researched various third-party products that can help you accept payments or prepare your business to reopen. Learn more about Products To Help You Take Payments During COVID-19.

Note: These products are not intended for medical use or for the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. For additional information on how to prepare your business during COVID-19, please see the Australian Government guidelines for business and workplaces.

Setting up Square Online and Ordering

It’s easy to accept and manage online orders through Square Online. Just Set up your Square Online site and import your item library to start selling online. With options for both pickup, delivery and shipment, your customers can get what they want, while following current social distancing recommendations. Learn more about Managing Online Orders with Square.

You can also head over to your Square Online Overview page to view COVID-19 guides that highlight key features and tips for your online business.

Pickup and delivery with online orders

Square Online can enable your business to take orders online for in-person pickup. We’ve also expedited the ability for you to offer curbside pickup and local delivery, and plan to make these features available this week. See what other Square Sellers are saying about using Square Online for in-person pickup in our Seller Community.

With Square for Restaurants, you can integrate popular ordering platforms like Craver and Deliverect for delivery and pickup orders – so you can meet your customers wherever they are. Learn more about Delivery and Pickup Integrations with Square for Restaurants.

Printer Setup and Troubleshooting

As businesses have shifted from in-person payments to online orders, curbside pickup and delivery, many business owners have found a need to rearrange their workspaces to accommodate this change. When moving hardware such as printer stations, devices need to be set up and reconnected carefully in order to resume functioning correctly. If you find yourself needing assistance getting your printing station back up and running, you can reference our printer setup guides for iOS and Android devices.

There’s also additional information in our printer troubleshooting guide.

Gift Cards: A resourceful way to help local businesses

One great way to support local businesses during social distancing is to purchase gift cards. With Square, you can create eGift cards to purchase through your business. Learn more about how to start using Gift Cards for your business.

Keeping customers updated with Square Appointments

In a continued effort to assist sellers, Square Appointments has also compiled resources to help your business combat coronavirus. Head over to the Appointments section of your online Square Dashboard and click the COVID-19 tips tab to learn more about setting up virtual appointments, keeping your customers up to date on the status of your business, editing your booking options and more.

Send electronic Invoices

With the country maintaining a heavy focus on social distancing, the likelihood of customers being unable to visit your brick and mortar business will decrease. For customers that are unable to physically shop in your store, you have the ability to bill them through Square Invoices. You can send an unlimited amount of invoices to your customers to ensure that they’re able to purchase your products and you’re able to get paid.

Increase in contactless payment limits

Due to physical distancing measures, card networks are increasing limits for contactless card payments. To help combat COVID-19 and assist sellers, Square is increasing the signature limit on contactless card transactions in step with these changes. You can read more about the new limits and when they will come into effect on our FAQ page.

Useful Tips

Square Dashboard COVID-19 Resources

Log in to your online Square Dashboard and click on the COVID-19 Resource banner to access tips that can help you manage your business during this time. Learn how to update your business hours, keep in touch with your customers and much more.

Learn more about navigating your Square Dashboard.

Pause subscription billing

If you temporarily scale back your business operations, you now have the ability to pause the billing for your Square software subscriptions for up to 3 months. Pausing your subscription only suspends billing, and you’ll still have access to important business information until 1 June 2020. You can read how to enable this feature in our Pause Subscription FAQ page.

Utilise contactless payments

As social distancing becomes more commonplace, many business owners are wondering what steps can be taken to keep things running smoothly while maintaining a safe environment for both customers and staff members. Square’s Contactless Chip Reader, Square Terminal, and Square Register accept contactless payments, allowing customers to complete their purchase without needing to handoff a payment card to finish a transaction.

Learn more about accepting contactless payments with Square.

Disable signature requirements when accepting payments

To maintain a safe distance between yourself and your customers, you can disable the signature requirement when processing a sale on the point of sale app. To do so:

  1. Tap the navigation bar icon.
  2. Tap Settings > Checkout > Signature & Receipt.
  3. Indicate whether you’d like to Never Collect Signatures, Always Collect Signatures or only Collect Signatures Over $25.

Learn more about this feature in our Seller Community.

Keeping your hardware clean

You can read how to clean and disinfect your Square hardware, from your chip reader to your Terminal, in our Seller Community.

Create donation links during online checkout

To help businesses stay afloat, you can now accept donations during the online checkout process. Although optional for your customers, this can help provide an additional source of revenue for your business. To enable this feature:

  1. Log in to your online Square Dashboard > select Ask for donations.
  2. In the pop-up window, indicate Accept donations as the Purpose of link, and give the link an optional title.
  3. Press Create link.

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