Use this template to create a professional invoice for your freelance work. Simply fill the blank invoice out with your information, download it in whichever format works best for you (.doc, .xls, or .pdf), and send it off.
Most freelancers need to submit an invoice to be paid. The exception to this might be if you have a monthly retainer or recurring payments set up with the client engaging your freelance services. Confirm with the client that you will need to send an invoice and who should receive it.
The specifics of what you include in your invoice depend on the type of work you are doing. However, all invoices require certain pieces of information in order for you to be paid promptly. Those pieces of information are: the name, address, and phone number of the company or person you are invoicing; your name, address, and phone number (or that of your small business); the current date; the date by which you expect to be paid; the method of payment you prefer; a description of the work you did and the cost of each piece of work listed (either a flat fee or an hourly rate); and the grand total, including sales tax if necessary.
When you submit your invoice will depend on the agreement you have with your client, but the most common times to send invoices are as soon as the work is complete, or at the end of the month.
After you submit your invoice, you should receive your payment by the date you specified. If you do not receive your payment by this time, check in with the client or company to confirm that the invoice for your freelance work was received. Keep in mind the method of payment you specified, so that you make sure you are looking in the right place for the payment.
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