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Customise Your Closing Procedures with Square for Restaurants

Customising your close of day is the best way to ensure your team members complete all of the necessary steps before ending their shifts or closing the restaurant. You can update your close-of-day settings any time from your online Square Dashboard.

Note: Close-of-day settings are location specific. Make sure to update your settings for each applicable location.

Close of Day Settings

Your Close of Day report is the last report you’ll run for the day to close out your restaurant. Depending on your settings, you and your team members will have the opportunity to close out remaining open tickets, adjust tips, clock out and close any open cash drawers.

Close of Day Settings

To customise your close of day, head to your online Square Dashboard:

  1. From the navigation pane, click Devices.

  2. Select Service Settings > Closing Procedures.

  3. Update your close of day and shift report settings.

  4. Click Save.

By default, team members won’t be able to process a Close of Day report until they’ve completed each of the following actions:

  • Close all open bills

  • Adjust all payment card tips (if applicable)

  • End all cash drawers

  • Clock out all team members

Some of the above settings also show up for the team member Shift Report. When you enable settings for both (for example, adjust all payment card tips), if a team member forgets to run a Shift Report, the manager on duty will still have the opportunity to add a tip amount to a bill before running the Close of Day report.

Keep in mind: Running the Close of Day report will not zero out your sales report. If you need to adjust the time frame of your in-app sales report, tap Customise to view specific dates, times and team members.

Shift Report Settings

While the Close of Day report will give you a full overview of your restaurant’s sales, the Shift Report is for individual team members. Each team member can run a shift report to see their total sales, hours worked and the cash owed to them or to the house.

Team members must close all bills: Team members with bills assigned to them will be blocked from clocking out until all bills are closed or reassigned to another team member.

Team members must adjust all payment card tips: Team members with card sales without tips added will be blocked from clocking out until all payment card tips have been adjusted.

You’ll also have the option to include or exclude information on the team member Shift Report. The Shift Report will always include a basic sales summary, but if you want your team members to see an item or item category breakdown, you have that option as well.

Read more about the team member Shift Report.

Pay Out Service Charge

You can choose to either have service charges automatically payout from your cash drawer report or manually issue a payout from cash management. When you manually issue a payout, you can add a note indicating which team member the cash is going to.

Service Charges will reflect as Non-Cash Tips on the team member Shift Report, along with all other payment card tips.

Keep in mind: Square will only track payment card tips at this time. If you need to track cash tip-outs, you will need to do so outside of Square.

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