When is the right time to send an invoice to your clients?
Depending on the business you are in and the products and services you provide, the right time to create and send your invoice can vary. If you are a business owner who sells products, you’ll give the invoice to your customer at the time of purchase. If you provide services, you might want to give your invoice to the customer using professional service invoices when the job is completed.
Since you are self-employed, you need to keep the revenue flowing. If you are providing services over a long period of time, you can customize your invoice template to bill for a percentage of the payment up front, with the remainder being paid upon completion, or send in bi-weekly or monthly invoices.
Whatever payment cadence you choose, make sure it’s clearly noted on each invoice, and clarify what portion of the final ‘cost’ has been paid to date.
Consider working with an automated invoice software as there are a number of advantages of using it over invoice templates (e.g. recurring invoices, customer reminders, sample invoices, professionally designed, etc.). You can click save button within the app to save your work at any time.
You could also explore our easy to use free invoice generator to slightly automate the process of creating new invoices.