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Now that you know what you need to keep track of your money, it’s time to put it into action.

When it comes to getting paid, good invoice management is key. In this episode, you’ll learn the basics of invoicing, and best practices to keep you uber organized. You’ll also hear tips on how to establish payment expectations with clients and vendors, and how to further streamline the invoicing process.

  • Episode Transcript

    Episode three, all about invoicing.

    You’re listening to From Dollar One by Interac. This episode is all about invoicing.

    Now when it comes to getting paid or knowing when and how to pay vendors you work with, good invoice management is key. But let’s start with exactly what an invoice is.

    An invoice is an itemized bill you send to your client, listing the products or services you provided and the amount due to you for those services. It also outlines things like contact information, payment due dates, your email address, and an invoice number to help manage record keeping.

    Some people have different preferences for invoice numbers, but a good practice is to usually start with the year and follow it with a dash and a number. So if it’s your first invoice of the year, you would type the year, then dash zero zero one. Then your next invoice would be zero zero two, then zero zero three, and so on until the end of the year. Then when the next year kicks off, you can start all over again.

    Now there are also some terms you may hear that relate to invoicing. The first is forward dating. No. It’s not the hottest new way to find love. It’s actually dating a transaction with a future date. This can help establish a timeline for you and the client of when work should be completed and when payment is expected.

    Another important one is net seven, ten, fifteen, thirty, sixty, or whatever number. These digits represent the number of days a client has to pay an invoice after they receive it. So net thirty means the client has thirty days to make the payment after getting the invoice.

    This is also handy for you when it comes to paying vendors. That’s because with Interac e-Transfer, you can pay your vendors anytime, anywhere, and avoid the hassle of sending cash or checks.

    If you’d like to get started with invoicing, but aren’t sure how to make one, we have a downloadable template that’s easy to use. Go to the link in the description to access it.

    And if you’d like to learn more or get news on all things Interact sent right to your inbox, visit Interac.ca/FromDollarOne and sign up for our newsletter.

    Now don’t touch that dial. We’re starting our next tip in net three, two, one.

This article offers general information only and is not intended as financial, legal or other professional advice. While information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subject matter discussed. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Interac Corp.