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.
Let Them Know How to Pay You _ must be easy Do you want a cheque mailed to you, a money transfer, flowers? Be explicitly clear about what you expect and in what form. It is usually best to discuss with the client beforehand their preferred method or to come to an agreement about a method you both like. If you want a money transfer, provide all the necessary information. Foreign transfers need more than your account number: in some countries, you need your International Bank Account Number (IBAN) or a Bank Identifier Code (BIC). International transfers also double_charge you: the client's bank might charge you ฤ, and your own bank might charge you another ฟ to accept the payment. Make it clear which of you will absorb these charges, and talk it out with them. PayPal is another option, but you still get charged a percentage of the transaction.