Using invoicing systems to make it simple - 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.
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.