By Gerda MenzelOn Mar 24, 2019 Free Templates
In addition to their pay-to-use invoice and time-tracking app, Paydirt offers a free invoice template. One of the things that makes this template unique is that you can connect it to your PayPal account, giving your clients an easier, more immediate way to pay you. If you are emailing invoices to your clients, it is never a bad idea to send them in PDF form, so they can not be edited. Sending Word docs or even Google docs with opening editing access can just make things more complicated if the client (even unintentionally) edits the invoice and then gets confused about what they owe and when.
Thats where a simple, professional looking invoice can make a big difference. You want your invoice to make it easy for your customers to understand what you are billing for, how much they owe, and when payment is due. Invoicing can take some time, but there are some ways you can make it quicker and simpler. A surprising number of businesses that are bringing in good revenue struggle to keep their business afloat because they struggle with cash flow—having the cash in hand to cover expenses. It is an accounts receivable problem. Many times, this struggle is not because they have not done enough business, it is because they just have not been paid yet for products or services already delivered.
In the original article that I wrote about invoices, I stated that I just stick with a Word document. If I have time, I will change it to PDF, but that does not always happen. Another common practice that I have seen is using an Excel spreadsheet to generate the invoice. But one important consideration that I did not mention back then is the plethora of accounting software out there. Due to affordable small business-targeted options such as Freshbooks or Quickbooks, you may never have to generate an invoice yourself anyway. An invoice serves several purposes. It is not just the catalyst that gets you paid, although Id venture to say thats the 1 role, huh? But that invoice is often needed by the buyer for other reasons. They need that record. They need to prove that they paid you, often so they can write off your payment. In my years of writing, I have only had one client, a magazine, that did not need an invoice. Iam not sure why or how they managed that.
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