Published at Wednesday, 01 May 2019. Invoice. By Fonteyne Chartier.
For anyone thats involved in business, documentation and invoicing especially can become a real tedious part of being self employed. For the the most part, unless you have the luxury of a hired assistant, having to do constant invoicing and bookwork, can really slow you down. This is why it makes perfect sense to use a premade invoice template. Not only can you save a great deal of time, by using one, but it allows you to formalise the process and apply a more uniform framework to your invoicing format. This not only makes your invoices easier to understand, but it helps at tax time also, as your tax agent will have a better understanding of your paperwork.
First of all, you should be able to recognize the essentials of a good template. Certain features are common to most invoices. For instance, it has to have the name of the company and its address, as well as the contact information of the customer. It necessarily describes the kind of services offered and the price agreed for providing them. Usually, companies include their logo in the invoice and, depending on the nature of business, they may mention the payment terms and the breakdown of goods or services offered. Having formed an idea of what you require, it becomes easier to limit your options. Usually, software packages provide templates, but these can be rather expensive, especially for small businesses. You can also buy individual templates online. The Internet offers a good number of helpful tools for conducting your business. You can also get invoice templates free of charge.
There are a number of various websites on the net that provide invoice templates. Many of these are provided in a turnkey format, which allow you to download them immediately and begin using them with little or no customization whatsoever. These templates are typically provided in either Microsoft Word format or a PDF, which can be difficult to edit unless you have the supporting software. However, a good quality invoice template may be hard to find, especially one that performs calculations and processes needed data. This is where you need to be mindful of the purpose of the document. There's no point downloading one that is provided in a basic text only format, if you require something more elaborate that can accommodate functions such as calculations and tax equations. This is where an excel spreadsheet with built in functions may be more suitable.
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