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Resources and guides for getting set up in the Seller Community.
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Hey there!   We’re glad to have you here in the community! The Seller Community is dedicated to creating an enjoyable, valuable, and supportive space for all users of Square's products. This post serves as your comprehensive guide to getting started in the Seller Community, offering a one-stop shop for all of your needs.   Read on below to learn more about how to get started in the Seller Community!   What is the Seller Community? The Seller Community is the peer-to-peer network for Square sellers to connect with one another and with Square. In the Community, you can learn how other businesses use Square, get help from sellers facing similar challenges, and provide support to fellow entrepreneurs on their journey. Read more about the Seller Community and how to join and watch the video below!     Please be sure to read and follow our Community Code of Conduct as these are important ground rules meant to ensure the conversations are productive and valuable for all. By joining our community, you agree and accept these guidelines and our Admin Team reserves the right to remove any and all content or members who display abusive conduct or breach the above guidelines. Though we aim to give notice of any policy changes, community guidelines may change at any time at our discretion.   How to: join the Seller Community Join us to learn how to use Square to run and grow your business, be the first to hear about new features, and collaborate and connect with your fellow sellers.   The Seller Community is free to everyone with a Square account. When you create a Community profile you can: Start a new thread or reply to an existing thread ✏ Kudo a post 💚 Subscribe to a thread for updates 📰 Join a group 🙌   You can join the Seller Community in these three easy steps:   Step 1:  Sign up for your Square Point of Sale account at squareup.com or download the Square app to your mobile device. Already using Square? Skip to step 2!    Step 2:  Visit sellercommunity.com and click Sign In. You’ll be prompted to enter an email address and password — enter the email address and password that is tied to your Square account.   Step 3:  You’ll be prompted to set a username and you’ll be assigned an avatar (this is your profile image!). Keep in mind your username will be visible to everyone!  And that’s it. When you’ve followed these steps you can sign in to Start a thread or reply to a thread to join a conversation. How to start a new thread in the Seller Community    Search first! 🔍 The first thing to check is whether or not your question has already been answered. You can do this by searching in the search box on the homepage. As you start typing, threads will appear below the text box.       If one of the search results matches your question you can click on the title to open the thread. Otherwise, you can click on the Start Thread button to make a new post.        Start a new thread! ✍️ If you start typing and threads don't pop up for you or the results don't answer your question you can start a new thread! You can do this right from the homepage or from the top of any board.   From the homepage search first and if you can’t find the post click Ask the Community underneath the search box.      From the top of any board, click Start Thread to create a new thread with your question!       Please also keep in mind which board you are posting to in order to get the most efficient support. For example, posting product update questions to the Product Update board.   And that’s it! Happy posting! How to Mark a Post as Best Answer If you've asked a question, you'll have the option to mark any reply as the Best Answer. Marking something as Best Answer gives the question a green checkmark to show others the question has been solved.      Best Answers also help the author of the answer to rank up in the community. They're a nice way to say "Thanks" to the person who took the time to post. 😄   To mark a post as Best Answer, just scroll to the bottom of a post and click Mark as Best Answer. That's it!         How to use the Seller Community Startup Guide   The Startup Guide was created to help Community members discover all of the useful areas of Seller Community and connect with one another.  How to complete the guide: Each drop down includes a Startup Guide task that contributes to the overall "% Set Up" bar at the top of the guide. To move your progress closer to 100%, you must complete the listed task items. Complete all of the tasks and you will have a 100% complete guide! The bonus of a completed guide is that you have explored a ton of amazing features of the Community 👍   Example: When you click the downward arrow on the "Introduce yourself and your business" task, the prompt reads "Share your name, where you're located, and a little about your business." with a link to the Community Welcome board. Once you have posted to this board, the Startup Guide bar will gain % of completion.        Join a Seller Group to connect, learn, and share with other business owners 🤝 Did you know that Seller Community is home to several different business-related groups? Joining a group is free, and any member of the Seller Community can join an open group or request to join a private group.   Check out the Seller Groups home page for the current group lineup. You can also use the Seller Groups tile on the home page to access groups. Become a member of the group to be notified of all new activity by clicking on ‘Join Group Hub’ as shown in the example below.   Learn More about the Seller Community Thanks again for being a part of the Seller Community and for taking the time to read this guide! We hope it helps you get acquainted with the community.    While this guide covers a lot of helpful information, please be sure to check out our Community Hub for additional resources and more ways to get involved! See you in the community!
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Hey everyone!   Since we ask you all to introduce yourselves, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves as well 🙂    We’re a helpful bunch of Community Managers who are always looking for ways to make the Seller Community a vibrant place to be.    Take a look below to read more about our team. We’re excited to meet you and please always feel free to reach out. We’re here to help!     Seller Community Core Team     @LaurenClev - Lauren is the Global Head of Seller Community here at Square. She joined Square in 2022 and loves being able to lead our Community team and set the strategy for our programs and projects.    Fun fact: Lauren lives in Austin, Texas USA. She is a mom (both a dog mom and human mom) and her dog’s name is Dolly (after Dolly Parton of course).    @LeahK - Leah is the Global Community Engagement Lead at Square, bringing a decade of expertise in crafting impactful community programs since joining the team in early 2023. She believes that connecting with people and building relationships leads to better work.   Fun fact: Leah finds joy in the company of dogs, loves immersing herself the latest reality TV, indulging in home design, and whipping up delightful treats in the kitchen.   @Helen - Helen is the editor of the Seller Community Blog where she writes about small business, and the owners & entrepreneurs that are a part of the Seller Community.   Fun Fact: After 9 years in California she now lives in Ireland with her family where she can get as much rain as she likes!    @Tom - Tom Reem has contributed to the Square mission for over 11 years and is based in San Francisco, CA. He's inspired by local business owners and works to open channels for sellers to connect via forum, virtual, and in-person events.    Fun fact: Tom's got (American) football in his blood. He was a gridiron warrior through high school, but remains in the shadows of his NFL-bound brother and Harvard head coaching cousin.   @tranguyen - Tra is a Community Engagement Program Manager. She is most often found in the Question of the Week board, popping up during celebration events or behind the scenes of the Mentorship Program.    Fun fact: Tra appeared in a fun trivia contest on Vietnam National Television and won, because she's competitive even as a kid.       @Pesso – Aylon Pesso is a former small business owner & advisor, having owned and ran an ice cream shop for 18 years until he sold the business. Pesso is now the Square Small Business Evangelist, helping sellers like you learn how to improve their businesses and make their lives easier. He runs the Square Readers Book Club, the In the News QOTW series, and the ____ seller interview series, writes Insights articles for the Community Blog, advocates for seller’s needs to Square teams, and more!   Fun fact: Pesso was also a Fitness Trainer, and he loves traveling and backpacking across different parts of the world.    @maxpete -  Max is a Community Engagement Program Manager. He’s passionate about helping sellers grow their businesses and fostering connection within the Seller Community.    Fun fact: Max was born with one hand and nicknamed himself the One Hand Wonder Man.           @katie - Katie is a Senior Community Engagement Program Manager and joined the team in 2024. She has spent the past decade growing and leading community programs, and her career north star is to build community for people who are more than their jobs.   Fun fact: Katie is slowly renovating her 1970's bungalow in Austin, TX with her partner (while her dog Jungebug supervises).       @nika - Nika is a Beta Community Manager at Square. She helps build relationships between sellers and Product teams and makes sure sellers are supported throughout their beta journey.   Fun fact: Nika can keep small humans alive at home but not small house plants.   @isabelle - Isabelle is the manager of the Square Champions program. She's been a member of the Seller Community team for 3 years, at Square for 6, and when not engaged in Super Seller program activities, she can be found supporting other programs within the Community, and being an active member of the Question of the Week board, and the TogetHER group!    Fun fact: Isabelle has seen all 218 episodes of the X-Files.       @kristen - Kristen is the manager of Product Engagement programs in the Seller Community. This means she helps Square Product teams broadcast updates to sellers and receive all of the product feedback sellers contribute here in the community.    Fun fact: Kristen loves poetry, especially a cute lil haiku.    @Hailey_ - Hailey, a results-oriented marketing leader (10+ years), leverages her agency experience to drive traffic, awareness, and engagement as PMM for the Square Seller Community. She wields the power of community to shape the platform for success, influencing product development and more.   Fun Fact:  Hailey was born and raised Canadian with the most precious 12 year old Golden Retriever, Luke.     @AdamB - Adam is the Community Platform Manager, triaging bugs, customizations, and more, making sure that our community software runs well and gives us a smooth and rad experience.   Fun fact: Adam loves ancient languages. Linguae antiquae amo! Square Community Moderators   We can’t forget to show support to all of the amazing community moderators who help support this community! To spot a moderator, you will see a ‘Square Community Moderator’ title in their community profile. Make sure to send them some kudos for all of their hard work! 💚
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Explore the exciting variety of programs available right here in the Seller community. From engaging events to collaborative initiatives, there are plenty of opportunities for you to connect and contribute with other sellers.    Let's get started!  Square Readers Book Club     Are you looking for a new way to level up your business skills and have some fun while you're at it? Then get excited, and get ready to join the Square Readers Book Club! This group picks one book every two months to read and chat together with helpful resources and content along the way     Mentorship Program     The Seller Community Mentorship Program is designed to connect experienced entrepreneurs and business owners with business owners who are just starting out. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow business owners, share your knowledge, get one-on-one support, and establish yourself as a business leader in your field. Subscribe to the blog to learn when applications open.   Square Champions     Square Champions are members of the Seller Community who manifest its culture. They are helpful, kind, knowledgeable about Square products, and are always eager to engage in the Community! We currently have between 100-150 Square Champions, across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.     Events     Webinars, Q&A sessions, and more designed to support and inspire you as you grow your business.     Beta     The Square Beta Program is where you can test upcoming Square features before we release them. Beta features are hardware or software we test with a subset of customers (YOU!) before being released to the public.     Seller Community Blog     The Seller Community blog is your ultimate source for the latest Community news, including upcoming events and inspiring Square seller stories. Subscribe to the blog to stay informed and inspired.     Question of the Week     Each week we ask a question on a small-business topic. We can't wait for you to join the conversation!     Members of the Month     The Members of the Month series celebrates some of the amazing community members and all of their incredible contributions that make this community a great place to be.    Can’t wait to see you in the community!  
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Let's take a quick tour of how to start a new thread in the Seller Community.    Search first! 🔍 The first thing to check is whether or not your question has already been answered. You can do this by searching in the search box on the homepage. As you start typing, threads will appear below the text box.         If one of the search results matches your question you can click on the title to open the thread. Otherwise, you can click on the Start Thread button to make a new post.        Start a new thread! ✍️ If you start typing and threads don't pop up for you or the results don't answer your question you can start a new thread! You can do this right from the homepage or from the top of any board.   From the homepage search first and if you can’t find the post click Ask the Community underneath the search box.          From the top of any board, click Start Thread to create a new thread with your question!       That’s it and happy posting!
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Here in the Community, we get a lot of feedback about what’s working well—in addition to things we could improve. It is incredibly insightful for us to hear firsthand what’s not working for you and how we can fix it. When we receive feature requests in the Seller Community, a few different things happen behind the scenes. We thought we’d pull back the curtain and share some of our processes with you.  The Life of a Feature Request   Customer Advocacy — The first thing we do internally is share your request with the people building our products. From data-centric approaches like tracking the request in our internal databases, to more qualitative methods like the community moderators talking directly with the appropriate product team, we make sure your feedback and ideas get to the right person. Look for an Alternative — We always try to provide a workaround when it makes sense. Even if our products don’t do exactly what you need them to, we want to help you get closer to your goal (see an example of a work-around in this thread). Many times, we’ve heard the request before and have an alternative solution in mind. When we don’t know of a great workaround, we turn to the community to get advice from other sellers. Share a Resolution — The best days for us (and we hope for you, too!) are when we get to share with the community that a feature request has been built into the product. We’ve been able to do that several times, including this thread about incremental improvements we're continuing to make for Square Online deliveries. If you’re interested in seeing a resolution, make sure to subscribe to the thread so you’re notified if we update it. But what if there isn’t a resolution? Even the best feature requests take time for our team to build. Our Product Managers take a lot of things into consideration when developing new features and addressing limitations of current features. Customer feedback is one huge piece of the puzzle that impacts prioritization, but it’s not the only piece.   In cases where a resolution is not yet available, we continue to take our jobs as customer advocates seriously. We’ll keep sharing your stories internally and funneling your feedback to our developers. If we can’t prioritize a feature, we also give feedback to our Partnerships team so they can look for great opportunities to partner with other companies who specialize in the features you need. If you would like to get involved in a deeper level with the feedback process, be sure to join the Beta Community — a space where you get access to newly designed features before everyone else!   Sometimes we don’t have an update for weeks or months. In those cases, thank you for bearing with us. We know it can be frustrating, but we are continuing to work on your behalf. As soon as we have an update, we’ll post to let everyone know. Thanks again for sharing your feedback with us!   How to submit a feature request in the Seller Community    Note: The steps below may vary slightly as we work to improve the Community.   Sign in at sellercommunity.com and click Ideate from the homepage.  Use the search bar search to see if your request exists already - or browse existing requests by product name.  Click Submit a Request to create a new feature request. If your request exists already, click the star icon to like the request. Or, click on the title of the request – from there you can click Subscribe to follow the progress of the request. You can also add a comment to share how the request would benefit you.   That’s it! The status of your request will be changed overtime, e.g. from ‘New’ to ‘Needs Beta Testers’, or it may be merged into another matching request.   Examples   Here's a look at the current feature requests for the Square Point of Sale app.   Here's an example of a new feature request:      We're looking forward to receiving your feature requests! 
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Did you know that Seller Community is home to several different business-related groups? Joining a group is free, and any member of the Seller Community can join an open group or request to join a private group.   Check out the Seller Groups home page for the current group lineup. You can also use the Seller Groups tile on the home page to access groups.   Here's an overview of the current groups:   Square Readers Book Club Are you looking for a new way to level up your business skills and have some fun while you're at it? Then get excited, and get ready to join the Square Readers Book Club! This group picks one book every two months to read and chat together with helpful resources and content along the way.   Artists and Makers Whether you're selling your own work or selling items made by others, this is the group for you. Join the group to connect with fellow creative entrepreneurs, ask questions, share tips, knowledge, ideas, and more.   Leisure and Entertainment The Leisure and Entertainment group brings together a wide range of business owners from across the leisure, entertainment, and recreation spaces. Join the group to chat with other members about the ins and outs of running a business.    Retail and eCommerce Are you selling items online or in person? The Retail & eCommerce group is a place for all retail sellers to ask questions, share advice, and chat about the ins and outs of running a retail or eCommerce business.   Beauty and Wellness This group is a place where anyone in the beauty and health industries can connect, share ideas, and help support each other with their unique knowledge and insights.   Food and Beverage Join this group to meet fellow food & beverage business owners. Ask questions, talk about your business, share a customer story, or tell us about the awesome service and products you provide for your customers!   Pride in Business: LGTBQ+ This is a private forum where people in the LGBTQ+ community can collaborate and share business resources. Learn more about Pride in Business or request to join.   Uplifted Voices: Black in Business This group is a dedicated space for Black Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to connect, share resources, and chat about anything. Read this post to learn more about Uplifted Voices or request to join.    Between Shores: Asian Pacific Islanders This group aims to highlight the work and resilience of the Asian Pacific Island (API) community, create a business resource hub, and build a place where API sellers can connect.   togetHER togetHER is a group for women-identified business owners. If you'd like to connect with other women in business and allies, togetHER is for you. Read about TogetHER, request to join, and start a thread!    Square Champions Lounge  This is an invitation-only area for our Square Champions . Square Champions are Square advocates who are passionate about small businesses.    Thanks for reading and see you in a seller group!
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When you join the Seller Community you’ll have the ability to send private messages to other Community members.   You’ll have access to an Inbox where you can send messages, and read the private messages you’ve received. To send a message: Sign in at sellercommunity.com. Click on your username in the top right corner. Click Messages. Click on the pencil and paper icon to draft a message.    Why send private messages? Private messages can be useful if you want to connect with another member to ask about their specific experience with one of Square’s products or about their business for example. You might also receive messages about events happening in the Seller Community or from a Seller Community Moderator following up on a specific question or comment.      Tips and Tricks   Pro-tip 1: Keep your inbox ‘tidy’ by using the checkbox to select messages you want to delete or mark as read. Click the three dots at the top to manage your messages!      Pro-tip 2: You do need to know the username of your recipient to send them a message! You can’t use email addresses or phone numbers to contact someone with Community private messages. For that reason you can also start a private message by hovering over a username (don’t forget to sign in!), then click Send Message. This will take you directly to the Messages section of the Community, as soon as you click the icon to write a message, the username of your recipient will be populated in the ‘To’ field.      Keep in mind that everyone also has the option to choose not to receive private messages. You can manage this setting any time you are signed in to the Community. Click on your username in the top right corner, then click My Settings. From the Preferences tab select Private Messenger from the dropdown and update your settings as needed. If you make any changes here remember to click Save.      
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How to Earn Badges   What is a badge? Badges are a recognition of an achievement or milestone reached in the Seller Community.    You can earn badges in a few different ways, including writing your first Best Answer, joining certain groups, or sharing/receiving a certain amount of likes on posts and replies in the Community.   The Community Team also reveals other badges throughout the year, such as the Seller Community Small Business Month badge (2023), Stellar Sellers Member of the Month badge, and the Square Readers Book Club badge. To learn about new badges subscribe to the Seller Community Blog.   L-R: Square Readers Book Club badge and Small Business Month 2023 badge on a profile page.      Where do badges appear? How do I know if I have a badge? You’ll see your badges on your personal profile page, listed under your username. Depending on your notification settings, you’ll receive an email each time you earn a badge.   Seller Community Ranks Explained   What is a rank? Your rank is how you can keep track of your involvement in the Community. If you’re continually active in the Community, your rank will change to show your progress. Ranks are intended to show other Community members your level of expertise and tenure, and to boost your personal reputation.   Why do some avatars have a different color or icon? You may have noticed that some avatars in the Seller Community have a different background color, and some also include an icon. The colors are a quick way for everyone in the Community to see someone’s rank.   As you rank up to higher levels, your background color will go from green, to blue, to purple all the way up to orange. If you join the Beta Community to help test new features and tools your avatar will be updated to teal, and it will feature the Beta logo. You can identify Square Champion by their avatar too.   Beta Community avatar   Where do these ranks appear? You’ll see your rank on your personal profile page, listed under your username. Your avatar will be included in every post or reply you make in the Community, showing your rank color and logo if you have one.   What do I need to do to level up? The more you participate, the closer you’ll get to the next level! You’ll automatically move to the next level by staying active in the Community. Keep replying to threads with high-quality answers and starting new conversations. Remember to give out likes for good comments and mark best answers if you receive them. A good place to start is with the unanswered questions.   We’ll continue improving badges and ranks with time. Subscribe to the Seller Community Blog to learn about future announcements, as well as other highlights from around the Community.    Where do these ranks appear? You’ll see your rank on your personal profile page, listed under your username. Your avatar will be included in every post or reply you make in the Community, showing your rank color and logo if you have one.
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Welcome to the Seller Community! ✨ Join us to learn how to use Square to run and grow your business, be the first to hear about new features, and collaborate and connect with your fellow sellers.   The Seller Community is free to everyone with a Square account. When you create a Community profile you can: Start a new thread or reply to an existing thread ✏ Kudo a post 💚 Subscribe to a thread for updates 📰 Join a group 🙌   You can join the Seller Community in these three easy steps:   Step 1:  Sign up for your Square Point of Sale account at squareup.com or download the Square app to your mobile device. Already using Square? Skip to step 2!    Step 2:  Visit sellercommunity.com and click Sign In. You’ll be prompted to enter an email address and password — enter the email address and password that is tied to your Square account.   📱Visiting the Seller Community on mobile? Tap the three-line on the top right-hand corner of your screen to open up the menu and click Sign In.   Step 3:  You’ll be prompted to set a username and you’ll be assigned an avatar (this is your profile image!). Keep in mind your username will be visible to everyone!  And that’s it. When you’ve followed these steps you can sign in to Start a thread or Reply to a thread to join a conversation.
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Hello and welcome!   What is the Seller Community you may ask? The Seller Community is the peer-to-peer network for Square sellers to connect with one another and with Square. In the Community, you can learn how other businesses use Square, get help from sellers facing similar challenges, and provide support to fellow entrepreneurs on their journey.     Join the Community today by signing in with your Square login. We're excited for you to join the conversation.
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Hey there!   I’m happy to share how you can now add a signature to your Seller Community profile and include links to your websites/other resources using HTML. Kudos to those of you who have already added a signature to your profile! 🎉   You can use the signature setting to share your name and/or your business name to let other sellers know a bit about you. If you like, you can also include a link to your website, Instagram profile or other social media handles (see below).   Keep in mind that when you update your signature it’ll show on every single post you share in the Seller Community!   How to update your signature: Click your profile name in the top right.  Click Personal Information > enter your name, business name and website URL in the Signature field. (Use Enter to start a new line.) Click Save.   Pro tip: If the ‘window’ for the Signature field is too small click the bottom-right corner to drag and resize it.   Finally, if you'd like to add a hyperlink to your signature you can use HTML. In the example below you could replace the red text with your website URL and the green text with your business name.    HTML pasted in the signature field: Preview:  <Line 1>John <Line 2>John’s Retail Store <Line 3> <a href="https://YourInstagramHandle">Follow me on Instagram</a>     Please let us know if you have any questions or problems updating your signature.   Thank you again so much for being a part of the Seller Community!
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