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.
Creating a professional freelance invoice is vital to the success of your business. If you sent your client paper receipts and scribbled notes, they would not be as likely to pay you on time and would probably question the you run your business. Take the stress out of getting paid by using a free template or an invoicing system to track your work and start getting paid on time.