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Each and every client you work with may have slightly different needs, and these needs may even change over the course of your work together. Because of this, you need an invoice template that offers the proper flexibility to customize for different services.
Every invoice should include contact information for both parties, a unique invoice number, the invoicing date, and the word “invoice” in order to be legally valid. In addition, a contractor invoice should have a very detailed description of the services and other costs you are invoicing your client for. Aim for complete transparency by providing clients with the following information:
For example, an electrical contractor hired to upgrade an electrical panel might have the following on their contractor invoice once the job is completed:
Some contractor invoices may be more complicated and involve a larger list of services versus a singular contract price. A landscaping contractor’s invoice might look something like this:
Ultimately, the goal of your invoice is to bill your client and receive payment for your services. Include detailed steps guiding your client in submitting payment, whether through an external payment method or via ACH. With Lili’s Invoicing Software, you can connect Stripe, Venmo, CashApp, Paypal, or share your banking information for clients to pay via ACH and receive money directly into your account rather than waiting on funds to transfer from another source.
Whether you’re remodeling their home or providing emergency plumbing services, your clients want to know exactly what it is they’re paying for. Whether you charge by the hour, by the day, or with a standard flat rate, the work you have done on behalf of your client should be clearly outlined to affirm your trustworthy reputation. Using the same invoice template across all of your clients and services will also make it easier to keep your business organized.
Once you understand how to create an invoice, you should consider which format is best for you and your unique contractor needs. From word processors to spreadsheets, invoice templates are available in a variety of formats to suit your consulting business’s needs.
Customizable invoice templates in these word processing applications include pre-built fields and lines that are easy to fill and send, though you must manually input all information yourself due to a lack of formula capabilities. This makes them less than ideal for contractors offering a long list of services, who need to be able to calculate several totals and add or subtract lines from an itemized list.
These spreadsheet platforms have free invoice templates with an element of automation, as they include formulas to automatically calculate quantities and totals. This formula functionality makes filling multiple invoices a day significantly easier, especially when tracking materials on top of your contractor rate.
Your clients will vary, and some may not have the right software (or most up to date software) needed to properly view your invoice. That becomes a non-issue with PDF invoice templates, which can easily be printed out to hand-deliver your client when service is complete. Although this makes PDF invoice templates handy once they’re filled out, they can be more difficult to adapt for individual invoice needs.
Undecided about what invoicing solution to choose? You can save time and take your business to the next level by using Lili’s Invoicing Software. Here’s a useful comparison between the two invoicing options:
Invoicing software will take your business as a contractor to the next level with automated integrations and a streamlined client experience. Here are just a few of the key benefits:
Find the answers to common questions about creating a contractor invoice right here!