Don't Forget: You're a Designer _ must be professional Imagine this, you're at an expensive restaurant. Every detail is perfect: the food was fantastic, the service excellent and the atmosphere rich and plush. Then, you receive the bill, which is printed on cheap paper with low_quality ink. What would you remember about this experience? Most people spend hours on their website design, business cards and resumes but then use a template for their invoice. The invoice is your last contact with your client, and it should share the attention to detail, branding and style of your other elements. By creating a beautiful, clear invoice, you are saying that you care about the little details. Most importantly, make sure you have all the necessary information. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes and that your spacing is consistent. Customize your invoice as much as you can. Your logo is a must, but colors and a style that match your other branding items will make it a joy to pay (well, as much as is possible).
Your invoice should be prompt, so that you can get paid by your clients on time, while invoicing is not a fun task, it's a necessary one: by keeping clients informed of your expectations, you will get paid punctually and reinforce your professionalism. After going over some best practices for creating invoices, I will review some great (and not so great) invoicing practices, so that you can spend less time creating invoices and more time doing the things you love! So here are some general guidelines, best practices and examples that will help you make sure your invoices are up to specification.