Proforma invoices basically contain much of the same information as the formal quotation, and in many cases can be used in place of one. It should give the buyer as much information about the order as possible so arrangements can be made efficiently. The invoices inform the buyer and the appropriate import government authorities details of the future shipment; changes should not be made without the buyer's consent. As mentioned for the quotation, the points to be included in the proforma are: 1.Seller's name and address 2.Buyer's name and address 3.Buyer's reference 4.Items quoted 5.Prices of items: per unit and extended totals 6.Weights and dimensions of quoted products 7.Discounts, if applicable 8.Terms of sale (include delivery point) 9.Terms of payment 10.Estimated shipping date 11.Validity date
How you present your bills for payment to your clients may not seem as important as, for instance, the quality of your services or the products offered _ but actually it is. Are you still using the traditional invoicing? Your clients won't be too enthusiastic when forced to put aside a good portion of their valuable time in order to sort through your paper invoices, file them and maintain payment timelines. You, on the other hand, will have to put up with the hassle of managing all that paper: can you really afford to lose so much of your time on paperwork, when it's better spent working on other aspects of your business?
Numbers and Numbers and Records and Books _ must be trackable Referring to "invoice #9048," rather than "That invoice I sent you last month, I think on a Tuesday," is much easier to track for both you and your client. Assign numbers to your invoices systematically, consistently and chronologically. Some people number their invoices by year (for example, 2009043 would be the 43rd invoice of 2009). You could also specify a code for the project. For example, ABC06 would be the 6th invoice for the ABC project that you're currently working on. Having an invoice and project numbering system keeps everything in line.