Most restaurants already have added a “tip line” to their credit card receipts so customers can write in a gratuity for services rendered. Similarly, hair salons and pet groomers may also have a blank space on the receipt for rewarding the stylist.
The advantage of having tip information added to cards will be obvious to your bookkeeper and management staff. In many cases, tips for waitresses get shared among bartenders, barbacks, busboys (or girls), and hostesses. While keeping track of cash tips is next to impossible, all tips listed on credit card receipts can be added up in short order. For any restaurant owner who has to figure out taxes for a revolving cast of wait staff at W2 time, a good POS system integrated with your accounting software can save many hours of work.
How do you add a tip line to your credit card receipt? Just about any machine can be reprogrammed to accept tips. If you are switching credit card processors, be sure to ask for this feature to be added into your terminals or accounted for in your POS system so it can be reflected in the programming. It is possible to reprogram a terminal to add tip lines, so if your service offering has extended to tasks that generate gratuities, then customers won’t have to scramble for cash in addition to the credit card total.
What kinds of businesses accept tips, other than restaurants? A quick survey shows that hotels, banquet halls, casinos, takeout, and delivery businesses include a tip line for services. Nail salons, tanning shops, and spas are common places to add tip lines. Nowadays, cab drivers, tow truck drivers, and house cleaners also are adding tipping to printed receipts or their electronic counterparts.
If you’re looking to change up your processing setup, CPN can help you with a lot more than just tip lines. We offer competitive rates that may save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars per month, which is something to consider when you note that all those tips are part of the total that gets processed through your machine. We offer the latest line of terminals in addition to support for POS systems and check readers. No matter how your customers present payment, and whether or not you need a tip line, CPN can configure a processing solution that meets your needs and saves you money.