Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
ProPay is another option you can look at. A lot of people are now using Square. Keep in mind a purchase at a show is more impuls so being able to take a credit card is always a plus.
A question was asked about the email address for a Customer. I find they are more willing to give you their card than their email address.
You also need to keep good records of your sales to check against the information from your processing company. Always get a phone number for your Customer, this way if you have any questions you have a contact number.
If you plan on taking checks make sure the information on the check matches their DL add this # to the reciept and again make sure you have a phone number. The issue I see with taking checks it may be easier for you to get a bad one. That being said I have done shows for more than 20 years and have never gotten burned on a check. Myself I think I would rather take a CC for a $800 sale than a Check for that amount. But that is just me.
Very important, few people carry cash or checks (and I have taken my share of bad checks). Square as Larry mentions is a great entry into this world
We have the Intuit solution and have found it to work very well. Just invested in an IPad2 and will be using it with that device moving forward. It's very easy - has a great inventory feature and calculates sales tax on the fly. Customers love being able to sign the device electronically and it emails a receipt to them.
So do people mind giving you their email?
Are people concerned that somehow you have their credit card info?