For any type of business to succeed, you have to get paid. So whether you do one freelance gig a month or run a full-time writing business, you need to calculate the time you've worked and bill your clients for it.
Use a digital format – Using a digital format is one way to ensure your invoice is professional, and to indicate that you're likely to use the latest tools, and follow best practices, on the job. Simple mobile apps like Invoice2go will allow you to create and send professional estimates and invoices on site when the project is still fresh in your client's mind. These apps can even store receipts so you have a real-time way to keep your expenses organized for easy presentation to your clients.