BackOffice Setup for Recreation & Entertainment

After setting up BackOffice, check out part 2: iPad Register for Recreation & Entertainment.

Recreation-based businesses, such as dance studios and music schools, must accept deposits, sell services, and manage customer relations. Set up these and other key features in BackOffice before using the register.

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Add Items, Services, & Deposits

Whether you’re selling a lesson, merchandise, or a deposit, set up an item for it in BackOffice.

If you have any questions about adding or managing items, visit our Inventory FAQ.

Items and Services

  1. Click 'Items' and select 'Item List'.
  2. Click 'Add New'.
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  3. Select 'Create' under 'Basic Item'.
  4. Quickly add a basic item by entering an ‘Item Name’ and ‘Item Price’, then clicking ‘Save’. If more details such as a UPC code, Department, or Supplier are required, tap ‘More fields…’ and follow the steps below.
  5. Fill in the item's details:

    Name | What the item/service/deposit is called. This appears on the button layout, receipts, & reporting.

    Department | A general grouping used for item organization and reporting.

    Priced | How the register rings up the item price.

      In BackOffice: Item has a predetermined price set in BackOffice.
      In Store: Cashier enters the sales price at the register.
      Unit Price: A fixed price per unit (oz, lb, ft, etc.) sold.

    Sales Price | The amount a customer pays.

    Taxable | yes or no. Determines whether tax is charged on the item.

    Track Inventory | True or False. Determines whether the item’s quantity on hand is tracked.
    Use ‘False’ for items that don’t have a physical quantity on hand, such as lessons and deposits.

  6. Click the default save option or click the arrow to select another save option to finish creating the item.
      Save and create new | Save the current item and create a new basic item.
      Save and keep editing | Save the current item and remain on the details page to make adjustments.
      Save and close | Save the current item and return to the Item List.

    The last used selection will be remembered as the default save option.

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  1. Enable the deposit tender in your Tender Settings.
  2. Create an item using the steps outlined above.

    Name: Deposit / Lesson Deposit / etc.

    Taxable: no

  3. Check the 'Liability' box and select 'Deposit' from the dropdown.
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  4. Click 'Save' to finish creating the item.
  • For help with any of the parts we didn’t cover, visit the complete Add Basic Items support article.
  • To learn about how deposits work in ShopKeep, visit the Liabilities and Redemptions article.
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    Receipt Setup

    A receipt is a record of payment, but it also gives the customer a link back to the business. Customize receipts with contact information and your website, then add social media links to email receipts.

    1. Sign into BackOffice as an employee with the relevant permissions or the ShopKeep Register app as the Business Owner and open receipt settings.

      In BackOffice, click ‘Settings’ and select ‘Receipts and Tips’.

      In the iOS ShopKeep Register app, select ‘Receipt and Tip Settings’ from the Main Menu. For the Android ShopKeep Register app, tap ‘Setup’ on the register menu, then select ‘Receipt and Tip Settings’.

      iOS ShopKeep Register App

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      Android ShopKeep Register App

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    2. Select the 'Business Info' tab.
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    3. Fill in as much 'Business Info' as desired for receipts.
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    4. (Optional) Click ‘Choose Image’ to upload a business logo for the top of email receipts.
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    5. Click 'Save' to save changes.
    6. Select the 'Email Receipt' tab.
    7. Fill in the information to appear on the email receipt.
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      Logo Link | Enter a URL to make the store logo a clickable link.
      Heading | A heading that appears under the logo.
      Message | A message that appears under the Receipt Heading.

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      None / Image / Text | Upload an image or enter text to appear above the social media links. For ‘Image’, tap ‘Choose Image’ to upload an image file. Banner images must be in .PNG, .JPG, or .GIF format and cannot exceed 70kB in size. For ‘Text’, enter a message.
      Message Link | Enter a website URL to send customers to when they click the image or text banner.

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      Yelp, Facebook, etc. | Enter social media links and toggle the switches to make them appear on email receipts.

    8. Click 'Save'.

      Check out the finished receipt here.

    Visit the full Receipt Setup article for help customizing additional settings for paper receipts.

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    Add Staff

    If you have employees, add them to BackOffice so they can use the register. In BackOffice, you can track their sales and time clock punches.

    If you have questions about adding or managing staff, visit our BackOffice FAQ.

    1. Click 'Staff' and select 'Staff List'.
    2. Click 'Add Staff'.
    3. If prompted, set a new register code for the Business Owner and tap 'Enable PIN'.
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    4. Enter at least a first name, last name, register code, select a role, and click 'Save'.
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      Register Code | 4-digit code that allows an employee to clock in and out and sign into the register.
      Role | Select ‘Cashier’ or ‘Manager’. Cashiers can run sales, returns, and perform other cashier functions at the register. Managers can perform cashier functions and manager functions, such as opening the register shift and cash drawer.
      BackOffice Access | Select a level of BackOffice access to give to an employee. Visit our Manage Staff article to learn about the different types of BackOffice permissions.
      Don’t see ‘BackOffice Access’? Visit our Staff Troubleshooting guide for help.

    Learn about employee settings and permissions in the full Manage Staff support article.

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    Customer Management

    Enter customer information to track customer deposits and purchases, contact details, and engagement with the social media links on email receipts.

    Add Customers

    If you have an existing set of customers, set up each one at a time through the customer list.

    Questions about adding or managing customers? Visit our BackOffice FAQ.

    1. Click 'Customers' and select 'Customer List'.
    2. Click 'Add Customer'.
    3. Enter the customer's information and click 'Save'.
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    To learn how to manage customers at the register, visit the full Manage Customers support article.

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    Customer Purchase History

    Check a customer’s purchase history to see when they last stopped by and what they bought.

    If you have questions about customer reporting, visit our Reporting FAQ.

    1. Select a customer from the Customer List.
    2. Click 'Item Purchase History'.

    This shows the customer’s entire history, complete with totals and the individual items they bought.

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    Marketing Dashboard

    Track the growth of your customer base and see how customers interact with email receipts using the Marketing Dashboard.

    1. Click 'Marketing' and select 'Marketing Dashboard'.

    Customer Growth

    Refer to the Customer Growth section to see how your customer base grows on a daily basis and to identify top customers.

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    Email Receipt Interactions

    Use the Email Receipt Interaction section to see how often cashiers send email receipts and how frequently customers click the links inside.

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    For a full explanation of the Marketing Dashboard, visit our Marketing Dashboard article.

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    Additional Features

    Here are a few more features that recreation/entertainment businesses find helpful.

    Named Discounts

    Set up preset named discounts so employees can apply commonly used discounts at the register.

    Watch our Creating Named Discounts video below:

    Creating Named Discounts (Training Guide)

    1. Click 'Settings' and select 'Discounts'.
    2. Click 'Add Discount'.
    3. Set the parameters of the discount and click 'Save'.
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    Visit the Discounts support article to learn about what each discount setting means.

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    Use MailChimp to send email marketing campaigns to customers. The customer information added at the register and in BackOffice automatically syncs to MailChimp once set up.

    1. Click 'Integrations' and select 'MailChimp'.
    2. Click 'Login'.

      Don’t have a MailChimp account? Click ‘Sign Up’ to create one.

    3. Enter your MailChimp username and password and click 'Log In'.

      If you receive an error while logging in, visit our MailChimp Integration Troubleshooting guide for help.

    4. Select a MailChimp list to sync customers to and click 'Done'.

    Check out the MailChimp Integration support article for more detailed setup help.

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    Gift Cards

    Give your Point of Sales Specialist a call to order gift cards. Once the cards arrive, set up a Gift Card inventory item in BackOffice to issue them at the register.

    For questions about ordering, processing, or setting up gift cards, visit our Gift Card FAQ.

    1. Click 'Settings' and select 'Tenders'.
    2. Check the box to enable 'Gift Card'.
    3. Go to the Items List and add a new basic item.
    4. Set the item up and click 'Save'.

      Name: ‘Gift Card’, Priced: ‘In Store’, Liability: Checked, Tender: ‘Gift Card’

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    Learn about using gift cards at the register over in our Gift Cards support article.

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