By Gerda MenzelOn May 10, 2019 Free Templates
Send, If you are emailing your bill, make sure to use a clear, descriptive, and accurate subject line. If you are using PayPal Invoicing, you can simply click Send to have PayPal send your invoice or you can select share link myself to share the invoice link in your own email, text, or chat message. Invoice date, This should be the day you send the bill, not the day you created it. Make sure your invoice date, payment terms, and due date line up, if your payment terms are 30 days, then the due date should be exactly 30 days from your invoice date. And, use this date format to solve for international differences: Month (spelled out), date, year.
Make sure there is no doubt that they understand what you are billing for and a due date for when you expect cash in hand. And do not wait too long to send it to your customer—you want your product or service to be fresh in their mind when their bill arrives. Keep your invoices simple and clean, and remember, they are essentially marketing material. They do not have to be professionally designed, but do not clutter them up with jargon that your customer wont understand about your service or product, or use hard to read fonts or colors when you customize your invoice.
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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