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.
Be transparent – Your client wants to know where their money is going, so don't hide or be too general with line items on your invoices, and be prepared to show receipts. Otherwise, they'll wonder if you're padding the bill. Be specific. For example, instead of listing "materials" as a single expense, list each one on its own line, such as: paint, nails, plywood, etc.