Invoice No.(Invoice Number): To stay organized and make the tracking easier for your tax season, we strongly suggest providing unique and sequential invoice number for every invoice you send. Invoice Date: The issue date for the invoice. Pro tip: Getting your invoice out in a timely manner can help you improve cash flow and get paid faster. Bill your customer using the mobile invoicing app, right after you finish the job. Terms (or Payment Terms): Invoice terms depend on common practices of your industry, your relationship with the customer, and your cash flow needs. For example, Net 30 means that the invoice is due 30 days after the Invoice Date. Be mindful some businesses may pay later than the stated due date, so you may want to include a buffer to keep your business free from a cash flow gap.
While you can make up your own invoice or use a free template, it's often easier to use an invoicing system that offers more in depth features. Some invoice systems, like Harvest, offer the option to create estimates for big projects, keep track of multiple clients and send reminder emails when payments are late. Another option is Freshbooks, which offers similar features but includes profit and loss sheets, as well as trackers to help you manage your time. Both of these services can be used for free or upgraded for a small fee, and include lots of other cool features, like scanning receipts for work completed in the field.