Square unveils 'Business in a Box'

The online-payment company's Business in a Box bundle has everything needed to get up and running with Square Register. iPad not included.

Square's Business in a Box bundle is aimed at helping small businesses quickly get up and running with Square Register. Square

Square today unveiled its "Business in a Box" package, a bundle including all the components needed for a small business to start taking payments on the company's Square Register platform.

With Square Register , almost any business can accept payments wirelessly from customers' mobile devices. The system lets businesses use an iPad instead of a cash register, and gives them an accompanying set of analytics tools, while customers download the app, sign up, register a credit card, and then pay automatically at any of the hundreds of thousands of merchants running Square Register.

All of the elements of Square's Business in a Box bundle, shown as they would be in a small-business environment. Square

The new bundle includes two Square Readers, a cash drawer, an iPad stand, and an optional receipt printer. The idea is that with those components -- as well as an iPad, which the business will have to acquire on its own -- just about any business can quickly get up and running using the payments platform.

The bundle with the receipt printer sells for $600, and it goes for $300 without.

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