Published at Wednesday, 01 May 2019. Invoice. By Fonteyne Chartier.
Invoice templates improve your efficiency. No matter how much you and your office manager love to play with your computers, you will save a great deal of time and money, and you will get far better results from downloading templates instead of creating your own. Assuming that you are reasonably proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, you may create your own invoice template; but why go to all the trouble of reinventing the wheel? Most build-it-yourself templates require updating and adjusting for each new invoice, and they often do not calculate running totals or sum-up the bottom lines the way you wish. Moreover, if you send your invoices via electronic mail, you must complete the process of mail-merging to make them go out automatically. When you download templates, you can set the parameters so that the software does all the calculations as soon as you enter the customer's name and the numbers.
Invoice templates improve your productivity. Even if you feel more than willing to shoulder most of the workload, creating your own invoices does not represent the best use of your time. Use invoice templates to assure than you and all your employees devote their time to the business's most important and productive activities. Most small businesses depend on an office manager for performance of the whole range of routine management tasks-all the bookkeeping, payroll, correspondence, scheduling, and personnel matters. If the office manager gets bogged-down in any single task, all of the other work suffers. Billing probably ranks second on the list of a business manager's priorities, right behind managing the payroll. Therefore, the more efficiently the business manager can manage accounts receivable, the more efficiently he or she can move on to other urgent tasks. Most templates allow for routine summaries of billing and payments, and most are compatible with other business software, making preparation of profit and loss statements and forecasts more efficient and accurate.
First, you should identify what your template needs. At a minimum, your invoice should include certain elements, such as your company's name and address, customer's contact information, description of services provided, and the agreed cost for the services you provide. More advanced invoices may include your company's logo, terms of payment, and itemization of goods and services provided. Once you have an idea of what you need, it will be easier to narrow down the options. Most software packages offer templates, but the software can be quite expensive. Templates can be purchased individually online, as well. But as a small business owner, you know that running a business is expensive, and you want to cut costs whenever you can. The Internet is filled with tools to help run your business, including free invoice templates.
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