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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 customize your closing procedures from your online Square Dashboard. Once you update your close-of-day settings, you’re ready to get started.

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Shift Reports

When a team member is ready to close out a shift, they’ll need to run a Shift Report to view their card tips and cash owed to the house before clocking out.

To run a Shift Report from the Restaurants app:

  1. Log in to the app using their personal 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 payments before clocking in — you can customize the time frame by tapping Edit Report.

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

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

Tip Out Your Team Members

Not every restaurant follows the same closing procedures, especially when it comes to tipping out team members. 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 credit card tips (i.e. Non-Cash Tips).
  2. Next, head to Account > Cash Management > Pay In/Out. Make sure to label the payout (Team Members Name) Tips. 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 Out Team Members Through Payroll

If you plan to tip out your team members through Square Payroll, you can ignore the Non-Cash Tips and Cash Owed to Server line items — just make sure your team members pay the Cash Owed to House for settled checks.

When you run your payroll, you can indicate the cash total for tax purposes and include the credit card tips on the check or transfer amount.

Tip Pooling

If your restaurant pools tips, you may want to look into the Homebase and Square integration. Homebase is a separate subscription that integrates with your Square account.

You can also manually calculate the payout amount for tip pooling 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’s 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 the 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. On an iPad, tap Account > Cash Management > End Drawer. In 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 on an iPad, tap Account > Cash Management. For Restaurants 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 Behavior

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 checks, 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 checks 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: The Close of Day report will vary depending on your check amendment settings, and whether you allow for your team to reopen checks with the original payment method.

You have two options for check management:

  • Reopen and Keep Payment Method: Allows you to reopen a closed check and keep the original payment method used.
  • Reopen and Remove Payment Method: When you reopen a closed check, the payment method will automatically be removed and the original payment amount will be refunded.

If you have Reopen and Keep Payment Method enabled, running your Close of Day will batch out and finalize any and all open checks for a location. You will not be able to reopen or modify any checks afterwards.

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 customize 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.

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