By Sigrun WinklerOn Aug 13, 2018 Invoice Templates
Some business owners spend up to 10% of their work time on invoices. If you feel like you’re spending too much time on invoicing clients and chasing them for payment, it could be time to start looking into cloud accounting software like Xero and QuickBooks, especially if you’re using other cloud software like Shopify (and TradeGecko!). In addition to enabling you to prepare and send invoices quickly, cloud accounting software helps you to manage overdue invoices by automating reminders. Also, instead of needing to return to your office to send an invoice, you’ll be able to send invoices anywhere.
If you’ve noticed your customers are putting off payment until the last possible date, it might be time to start incentivizing early payments by offering a small discount for invoices that are paid in advance. To do this, you need to decide on a specific early time frame. Make sure you feature these incentives in your invoice to motivate the customer to react to the offer you’re putting in front of them. By rewarding your customers for their business, you’ll be able to encourage loyalty while ensuring they pay you promptly.
In all honesty, invoice templates should work fine for most freelancers and small business owners. They contain all of the necessary fields and do allow you to put your own touch on it so that your clients know that it’s your invoice. Best of all? Using a template will save you a ton of time and frustration if you’re just starting out with invoicing. But, you shouldn’t completely rule out custom invoices. Invoicing software allows you to create customized invoices in a couple of steps. But, in most cases, you’re just going to be using the same information as a template, who spend the extra time creating an invoice from the ground-up? At the same time, some freelancers and business owners could greatly benefit from custom invoices. For example, a graphic designer or coder should definitely create their own invoices since it’s a clever way to showcase their skills.
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