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Dwolla at the Point of Sale (video)

Posted in Blog, featured, Integrations, merchants, point of sale, POS, Tech on February 20th, 2013

Every time we learn that a restaurant pays more in transaction fees than rent each month, we can’t help feeling surprised (and a little sad).

For many small businesses, the money saved by accepting Dwolla can mean hiring additional employeesopening that second location, and even doubling profit margins.

We made a little video to show how fast and easy a Dwolla transaction is at the point of sale (POS). The video shows how Dwolla can work alongside your existing POS system or by using a POS software that already has Dwolla built-in.

If you’re a business owner, visit dwolla.com/point-of-sale or keep reading below to learn more and get started.

Accepting Dwolla alongside your existing POS system
This method can be set up in a matter of minutes. The transaction time is about the same as swiping a credit card (as you can see in the video above).

  1. First, add Dwolla as a new “Tender Type” in your POS. That way you can close your till and balance your books as you normally do.
  2. Ask your customers to pay with Dwolla. (we can send you some table tents and stickers to help with this)
  3. Your employees can verify incoming payments using the free Dwolla Kiosk or the free Dwolla app on an iPhone or Android device sitting next to your register.

Bonus: Customers who use Dwolla can automatically check-in to your store on Foursquare and let their Facebook and Twitter friends know that they paid with Dwolla at your store. A little extra advertising couldn’t hurt.


Using POS software that has Dwolla built-in
If you use a POS app like Change, Dwolla comes built-in. The experience is even faster than accepting cash or credit, and you can set up Dwolla payments to go straight into your bank account.

Learn more and get started at dwolla.com/point-of-sale.

Do you develop Point of Sale software?

Help your customers lower their cost of doing business by adding Dwolla as a payment option. Dwolla’s fees are so low, you could turn it into a new revenue stream and add a Facilitator Fee on top of Dwolla transactions and still help merchants save serious money. Get started with the “Request Money” API endpoint.

Bonus: Going to SXSW? Join us at the SubtleData Developer Garage as we discuss mobile POS apps and mobile payments. Dwolla’s CEO Ben Milne is a keynote speaker.

Favorite Stories: Naomi’s Kitchen

Posted in Blog, Favorite Stories, merchants, Naomi's Kitchen, retail on June 4th, 2012

This post is part of our new series, Favorite Stories. Think of it as a collection of entrepreneurs, products, and ideas that are inspiring Dwolla everyday. Want more? Find this story and our others on Dwolla’s pinterest board. Enjoy!

Let’s face it, it takes a special breed of person to start and run a business. These people tend to have a passion that can easily be described as an obsession, a sense of determination that borders on insanity, and the ability to keep getting back up from even the most detrimental setbacks.

I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with Troy Miller, one of those insanely passionate individuals we like to call serial entrepreneurs, to talk to him about his and his wife Lora’s business, Naomi’s Kitchen, out of North Liberty, Iowa.

Naomi’s Kitchen, named after their daughter, is a meal preparation business that offers hand-assembled meals that are made to order for the customer and their families, and then frozen and available for pick up. The menu changes monthly, offering mouth-watering entrees like chili lime tilapia over brown rice, honey pecan chicken breasts, and berry french toast. Families are able to order how much of which entrees, and then pick them up or have them delivered.

Troy explained that the most rewarding aspect of running Naomi’s Kitchen is the people. Many of their orders come in when a life-changing event has occurred, whether that be an unfortunate illness, bringing home a new baby, or a stressful time at work (think farming and tax season). The Miller’s are often touched by heart-wrenching stories of sadness or joy, and they are able to lend a helping hand in the life events of their customers.

While there can be a lot of benefits that come along with working for yourself, there are also many headaches and challenges. For instance, trying to run a successful business and maintain a healthy personal life is a challenge.  The Miller’s run the company out of a 100 year-old grocery store that is attached to their home, making it quite the speedy commute, but also making it hard to get away from during the off-hours. Troy mentioned that their biggest challenge was actually their quick success, that the concept took off quickly and trying to raise a 3 year-old and 1 year-old while running a business with your partner was a challenge that took time to adjust to, and eventually find a balance.

Troy’s advice for people looking to start their own business is to surround yourself with good mentors that you can trust, and then to actually listen to them. That there is a place for creativity, but that you can easily get caught up in an idea when it is apart of your own dream, and you need someone there to help you stay focused.

Of course, at the end of our discussion, I had to ask about how Dwolla is working out and how they were getting customers to sign up and use it at Naomi’s Kitchen. He informed me that they used a reward system, to give the customer’s incentive to sign up and pay with Dwolla, therefore saving him from some of those costly credit card fees.

To kick things off, Naomi’s Kitchen offered a competition this past February where customers would guess how much the business has paid in credit card transaction fees since their open in 2004 (the correct answer was $42,768). Customers who paid with Dwolla during that month would also receive a $10 off discount. As business at Naomi’s Kitchen continues to boom, the Miller’s have also opened Isaac’s Creamery, an ice cream shop named after their son, that accepts Dwolla and cash as payment options. You can read more about their story in an article published by the Corridor Business Journal.

Have a Story? Please let us know by dropping us a line at caitlin@dwolla.com.

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