When you work out the contract with each client (and yes, you should have a contract in place!), you'll list out the terms of how often you plan to invoice and when you should be paid. For instance, you can agree to bill on the first of each month, or biweekly so you get paid every other Friday. Keep in mind whether your industry is one where you invoice upfront before any work has been completed. In this case you'll be detailing the progress of the project as opposed to doing a monthly invoice.
Due Date: The Invoice Date plus Payment Term Days give you the Due Date, which is in plain English and easier to understand. Having a Due Date on the invoice is a tactful and professional way of making it clear to your customer when they should pay. Bill To: Who this invoice is intended for and their contact information. Product or service details: Specify Description, Quantity, Rate, Amount and Subtotal. The more details you include on the invoice, the better. This way, your client will know exactly what they are paying for upon receiving the invoice. Make sure that your client can understand every item, so that as soon as they receive the invoice, they can pay you instead of asking questions and delaying the process.