Your office space will be freed from those mountains of paper: scan all the forms and documents, and save them as files in your online invoicing software. No more overflowing cabinets and stuffed drawers: you are giving yourself a bigger office as a reward for being smart and using a web_based invoice tracking system! Whenever you need a particular document, you will know where it is and that it can be retrieved easily. Online invoicing is simply more convenient for all involved in the process: since everything is in one place _ online _ all you have to do is attach the invoice to the email that you send to your customer. It's as simple as point and click!
So here are some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to specification. Their Details and Yours _ must be complete This is basic stuff, but you can't afford to forget it. In addition to the client's address, make sure to include the name of the client's contact person who handles your account! A company with three employees can figure out what you're doing; but in big companies, invoices get misplaced, especially if there's confusion over who belongs to which project. You'll also need your company name, your name, address, telephone number and email address. If they have any questions about the charges, contacting you should be as easy as possible.
Don't Forget: You're a Designer _ must be professional Imagine this, you're at an expensive restaurant. Every detail is perfect: the food was fantastic, the service excellent and the atmosphere rich and plush. Then, you receive the bill, which is printed on cheap paper with low_quality ink. What would you remember about this experience? Most people spend hours on their website design, business cards and resumes but then use a template for their invoice. The invoice is your last contact with your client, and it should share the attention to detail, branding and style of your other elements. By creating a beautiful, clear invoice, you are saying that you care about the little details. Most importantly, make sure you have all the necessary information. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes and that your spacing is consistent. Customize your invoice as much as you can. Your logo is a must, but colors and a style that match your other branding items will make it a joy to pay (well, as much as is possible).