By Sigrun WinklerOn Sep 14, 2018 Invoice Templates
If incentivizing early payments is a carrot to encourage prompt payment, charging for late payments would be the stick. By adding late fees to your invoices, you’ll add a sense of urgency to your invoices. However, by doing this, you need to be prepared for vocal feedback from your customers -- especially those with the bad habit of paying late.
How do you accept payments from your customers? For example, do you only accept cheques sent in the mail, or through PayPal? If you do, it may be time to rethink your policy on payment methods. By setting up more payment options for customers to choose from, you’re making it easier for them to pay you. This way, instead of having to make a special trip to the post office, they’ll be able to pay you in a way they’re comfortable and familiar with.
Once you’ve delivered your side of the agreement, it’s time to send your customers an invoice. Invoicing them as quickly as possible helps to encourage them to pay faster. After all, if you’ve delivered your products on Monday, why wait until Friday to send your customers an invoice? If you’re billing your clients for services rendered, sending invoices upon the completion of a project serves another purpose: it encourages them to pay while the value of your work is still fresh in their minds.
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