How Do You Use a Cash Register?

After making sure the cash register is stocked with receipt paper, ink and money, scan or punch in the items that the customer is wanting to buy and type in the amount of money they paid to figure out how much money needs to be returned to them. Good math skills and focus are required when working a cash register so that money is not lost and the register has accurate data.

When using a cash register, it is important to ask the boss where to get more money if the register runs out, what the company's specific protocol is on cash, checks, and credit cards, and how to handle transactions with customers.

  1. Stock the register
  2. Make sure that the register has receipt paper, ink, and is full of the correct number of bills and coins. Also, make sure the register is zeroed out.

  3. Learn how to scan or lookup items
  4. Cash registers in department stores are different than registers in restaurants. Learn how to scan barcodes if the customers bring the item up themselves. If not, it is important to learn how to navigate through the register to charge specific items that are already loaded on the register.

  5. Make the transaction
  6. Once all of the items have been scanned or punched in, press the "total" button on the register. This will tell the operator and the customer how much money is owed. Either process a credit card or take the money from the costumer and enter how much money they gave you. If they need change, the register will do the calculations and the operator must open the drawer and give the correct amount of money back to the customer.