I am currently having a developer design a custom database for me and my business solution. Basically i will be a mobile business and will be using Filemaker as my database solution. I use all MAC products. I have a Macbook laptop, and iPhone, and also an iPad. I have a plan to use an usb barcode scanner with my laptop that will have the Filemaker Database on it and when products are scanned those items will then be placed in an invoice within Filemaker. Since I will be mobile and will not have a wifi network to utilize I will need my iPhone to process payments.
The first question I have is what barcode scanner would you all recommend.
Then I want to know if and how I can send the invoice created by way of the barcode scanner and the laptop to my iPhone.
I then need to be able to process payment by either cash or credit card. If paid by xash i need to be able to mark the invoice as paid and email a receipt from my phone to the customers email. If the payment is made by way of credit card I need a solution for my iPhone to take payment, mark the invoice as paid and have that information updated in the database, and also the ability to send a receipt via email to the customer.
I was thinking of just using the laptop to create the invoice and let the customer review it. Then the total that populates just use a payment credit card method for iPhone to process that amount. Then later when I get back to the office I can sen all invoice receipts with details via email from Filemaker. This way I can mark it as paid or whatever and everything stays inside Filemaker.