For any freelancer, small business owner, or just about anyone who has to devote a lot of time to billing, the importance of a well drafted, professional looking invoice is well known. Regardless of what type of client you might have and the arrangement between the two of you, a well-made invoice can be often enough the determining factor in how and when you receive payment..
Here are some tips that can help you choose the perfect invoice software for your needs:
1. Establish some rules and stick to them.
Before you even begin to think of looking at some billing software, you must implement a set of rules regarding your billing process. Make sure you never break these rules. This also includes never making exceptions. For example, if you agree to a 20% upfront payment before a job, don’t start work before you receive payment. Adapt your rules to each individual client, but once agreed upon don’t break them.
2. Looks matter… A LOT!
Of course, specifying clear data on time can hasten the process and offer your client a clear image of what he/she is paying for, but don’t forget the importance of design. An Excel document could technically do the job, but you’re in constant competition and you don’t want to look like you don’t care. Invoice software generally offers a great deal of features, but with basic design at best. Sleek Bill is one of the most complete billing software solutions out there offering clear and complete features with a truly beautiful design that will give you that extra bit of professionalism your business needs.
3. Make sure your billing software covers all your needs
There are a lot of things you will want to specify in your invoices not just your basic price and due date. A clear schedule, a milestone system, terms of payment, means of contact and so on need to be present on a professionally made invoice. Also make sure your invoice software can offer you an easily accessible and well organized record of your invoice history. Sleek Bill, for instance, is very user-friendly and can offer access to the most intricate reports with just a single click.
4. Don’t underestimate the importance of customer service
Not everything is easy from the start. There may be features that seem limited or unavailable. You can’t afford a messy or badly written invoice, so make sure that your billing software offers a support system to help you clear up or completely understand all of its features and functions.
Sleek Bill is a smart invoicing program specifically designed for the desktop environment. Issue your invoices, detailing your customer's information, the products or services they purchased, the prices and detailed taxes. Created by a team with over 6 years experience in billing software development, we aim to save you time and effort so you can focus it on what matters most.