Brittany Frompovich

Brittany Frompovich

I recently started using a plugin for Gmail called Boomerang.  This has been a great asset in managing my Inbox.  Boomerang allows you to do multiple tasks;

1) Write an email now and then send it at a later date.

2) Schedule reminders so you don’t lose track of important emails in your Inbox.

3) Send reminders if you don’t hear back from someone on an important email.

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About six months ago, I started using SquareUp for my studio tuition payments. Since then, I’ve really come to enjoy using Square. It has a lot of advantages over Paypal. In my first post about Square, I mentioned many of the advantages:

– small and portable
– uses your Android phone or iPhone as the credit card reader with a free app
– easy to use
– receipts are instantly sent via text or email
– the money is deposited to YOUR bank account within 24 hours of the transaction occurring
– lower fees than Paypal (see my last blog post for the math on that)

There has been one disadvantage so far; the Square reader is fairly tiny and tends to vanish when needed. I even went so far as to order three Square readers at Christmas time. Even with three in the house, I never seem to be able to find one when I need it.

I have discovered that I’m not alone in this dilemma.
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R&B vocalist Kira Small and her husband, bassist Bryan Beller, was in our area this summer to perform at a house concert that I was hosting. After the concert, Kira was selling CDs at the merch table. She was taking credit card purchases with this tiny white box that plugs into to her iPhone.

She told me about Square, and I decided I would test it out and see how it worked for my teaching studio. At this point all my credit card transactions were happening through PayPal, so it seemed wise to develop some alternatives.

Square has been fantastic so far, a huge step up from Paypal in many respects. The transaction fees are lower (we will look at data shortly), I have the ability to take payments anywhere quickly, I can provide receipts on the spot, and all the money is automatically deposited overnight in my bank account.
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