Invoice examples and best practices _ Invoices are just part of the picture that mirrors the company's image and business standing. A successful business will have a good template that has all the details. The important details are of the company, the buyer and the shipment. There should be the logo and contact details of the company on the very top of an invoice. This should be followed by details of the buyer and the destination of the shipment. The details of the shipment should clearly outline what it consists of, the quantities as well as the unit cost of each item. This should be followed by the cost of the purchase, other costs, any tax that has been included and lastly the total cost of the shipment. Your invoice should be prompt, so that you can get paid by your clients on time, while invoicing is not a fun task, it's a necessary one: by keeping clients informed of your expectations, you will get paid punctually and reinforce your professionalism. After going over some best practices for creating invoices, I will review some great (and not so great) invoicing practices, so that you can spend less time creating invoices and more time doing the things you love!
Dealing with this volume in a manual operation was causing several problems. Invoice processing was extremely paper intensive; a considerable amount of time and effort was spent data inputting, chasing paper invoices and filing. It was often difficult to locate invoices and the AP team would waste time contacting the business users to trace invoices. This resulted in a lack of efficiency and a lack of control over the process. There had also been an issue of making a number of duplicate payments.
Invoices are created in on a daily basis, and that's great for your business: however, it's easy to soon start feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by the complexity of all that paper handling and invoice tracking while hard pressed for time. It's hard to keep track of all of the invoices and their processing status: can you tell at a glance if all have even been received? That's very unlikely.