Accurate billing is extremely important when it comes to independent contractors and small business owners. You can't afford to lose a customer over something that should be done right the first time. Business owners who provide detailed, prompt invoices straight to the customer's inbox come out way ahead in the credibility stakes.
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.