People in the creative industries are great at their crafts and
art—but are notoriously unwilling to take good care of their
However understandable that is, creatives must understand
that in order to continue doing business, they’ll need to stay
on top of their financial responsibilities.
This includes, primarily, getting a grip on their invoices,
which will help them with their cash flow. Let’s look at some
great invoicing tips for creatives.
1. Make great pricelist
Your pricelist should be based on a few important factors:
• Competition level
• Variety of services and speed
After you combine these factors to create your pricelist, go
ahead and make sure they are flexible. This allows you to
negotiate for bigger deals and be beneficial in the long run.
2. Make clear terms
Once you’ve got your client to choose you, you’ll need to create
a quote or estimate which is clear and direct, containing:
• price and payment due date
• interest on late payment
• upfront payment in full or partial
• number of revisions allowed
When you clarify these matters upfront, you’ll help prevent any
future problems or surprises later on.
3. Be organized
Even though, stereotypically, creatives are artistically messy,
your invoicing and accounting doesn’t have to be:
• keep your invoices in organized folders
• use online invoicing software, such as InvoiceBerry
• get finance reports when tax season comes around
Once you’ve gotten yourself organized, you’ll see just how easy
it can be to create and send invoices, and thereby get paid
4. Make it nice
Seeing as you are in the creative and design industries, you’ll
probably need to extend that to your invoices as well:
• use your skills to create beautiful invoices
• download templates in various formats to make it easier
• that way, you don’t have to create from scratch, but you
can customize as you wish
Your clients will get beautiful work and beautiful invoices, which
will make you more memorable to them.
5. Invoice faster
To get paid faster, you’ll have to send out your invoices faster,
which means you’ll have to start on your invoices faster:
• create invoices as soon as the job is finished
• be careful and detailed in your invoices
• send them off to the client immediately
To that end, your clients will pay you much more quickly and
you’ll enjoy your business much more.
6. Be detailed
Just because you should invoice faster, it doesn’t mean you
need to invoice sloppy. Be detailed on your invoices, including:
• your bank account information
• the payment terms
• the due date, fees, and other things you’ve agreed on
This way, the client can pay you much more quickly. While
you’re at it, add a thank you not to the invoice as well, which
will also help your invoices get paid faster.
7. Follow up on late payers
One reason why you won’t get paid faster is out of your
hands—your client. But you’ll need to follow these steps to get
them to pay:
• send a polite email reminder after the invoice is due
• make a polite call a week later to ask about payment
• if it fails, contact an attorney or their finance department
It will rarely get to the legal step, but you must follow through.
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7 Brilliant Invoicing Tips
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