June 13, 2023 · 4 minutes
An invoice is not only a request for payment, they often account for the majority of direct communication you have with your customers. That’s why it is worth making a good impression with them!
In this article we’ll cover some of the basics that you need to know when writing your first invoice.
You should always add a logo to your invoices, because a logo will guarantee direct recognition of your company. It also adds to making a good impression and helps you to be taken seriously as an entrepreneur. And it’s not only about the image: if you’re taken seriously as an entrepreneur, it’s also much more likely that your bills will get paid faster.
If you don’t have a logo yet, no need to worry. You do not have to be a graphic designer to get one. With simple online tools such as Canva, you can easily create a neat logo for free!
Of course, your invoices should always contain all legally required information. Beyond that, you should provide as complete and detailed information about your company as possible.
In addition to your bank details, this also applies to contact information such as:
The easier it is to get in touch with you, the more serious and professional your billing and thus your business will be considered.
When creating an invoice, pay special attention to the products or services you’re invoicing. They are the very heart of your invoice, so it’s crucial to have them listed clearly with simple, but descriptive names. Here’s a few examples:
This way, your customer can immediately see what the invoice is about.
When writing your invoice, it is crucial to have your customers’ contact information correctly on the invoice without any mistakes. Also mind any special characters, especially if you have international customers!
Some important customer information have written on your invoice is:
When writing any invoice, you should always include your payment terms. This way your customer knows exactly when they have to pay.
Payment terms should include:
Also, if applicable you can include:
It’s never a good idea to just delete your invoices, since you need to keep a detailed record of all your approved invoices. In case you made a mistake on the invoice or your customer demands a refund for example, you should use a credit note. However the best way for staying legally compliant, as well as for creating credit notes for your invoices, is to use invoice software.
Are you still writing your invoices in Word or Excel? You should change this ASAP! You might be happy with the look of your templates (and have been using them for years), spreadsheets are far from professional invoicing.
The crucial point here is the technology behind it. In order to be legally compliant, you should store all your invoices complete, comprehensible and inalterable. This can only be guaranteed with a professional software. In addition to making your billing easier to manage, invoicing software also offers a neat layout, reinforcing your overall professional image.