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The Importance Of Keeping Invoices Up To Date

Companies / SME Jan 15, 2020 - 04:08 PM GMT

By: Submissions

Companies Every company, whether you run a large corporation or small business, needs an efficient invoicing system. An invoice is a piece of paper or electronic file that you issue to your customers for sale transactions.

It should be a comprehensive document that provides details on the products and services you offered to the client and their corresponding prices as well as quantity. You can find free invoice templates online so that you don’t have to create one from scratch and choose one that suits your business’ needs.




It’s not enough, though, to give out invoices. You should ensure that each file is up-to-date so that you won’t encounter problems with payments.

Here’s the importance of keeping invoices up-to-date:

1. Accurate Records

The primary benefit of having an efficient invoicing system is that you get to keep correct records. Not only will this habit help you avoid paying penalties when tax season comes, but it saves you time on having to backtrack previous transactions and correcting them.



Digging up old files and cross-checking them with other documents to ensure their accuracy keeps your employees from focusing on tasks that require a higher level of thinking. If you don’t keep your invoices up-to-date, you’re basically wasting company resources and adding to your expenses with twice the time that your staff spends on your sales records.

2. Timely Payments

Another advantage of having accurate invoices is that customers are more likely to pay you for your products and services on the specified due date. A common reason for delayed payments is that clients need to receive the invoice first before they can file for reimbursing you on their systems.

If you don’t keep a current invoice, you increase the chances that you’ll receive your compensation even later. This is particularly true for large businesses where your payment request goes through a long process of having to be verified and approved by multiple departments.

Some tips to help you get paid faster:

  1. Set Clear Payment Terms – Before the client signs the contract to work with you, you have to create concise payment terms and discuss it with them. Disclose these details upfront so that they can’t make their ignorance of your company rules as an excuse to delay payments.
  2. Have a Running Record of Inventory and Time – To uphold the accuracy of your invoices, maintain a list of the costs for each project in real-time. This way, you have a running total off the top of your head when the client needs it. Moreover, you don’t have to spend so much time creating an invoice once the task is complete, and you can send the file immediately to the customer.
  3. Create Easy-to-Understand Invoices – While you may be able to understand your invoices, clients are a different matter altogether. You have to remember that they aren’t adept with the technical side of the business, so you must ensure that this document strikes a balance between providing the details that each project entails while keeping the layout decipherable and straightforward.
  4. Impose Fees for Late Payments – As long as you’ve included overdue fees on the payment terms and discussed it with the client beforehand, you have the right to impose additional charges if they fail to pay up on time. Still, remember to craft professional emails informing them of these extra costs.

3. Cash Flow Management

Having up-to-date invoices can help you stay on top of your cash flow. Every business owner needs to know where their money is going, and an invoicing system enables you to keep track of the funds that you’ve yet to receive from buyers.

4. Invoicing Error Reduction

Furthermore, keeping timely and accurate records of your sales transactions minimize the risk of making considerable invoicing mistakes. Obviously, you don’t want to get paid incorrectly for your products and services.



5. Client Relationship Preservation

On the other hand, you should also avoid overcharging your clients because it can damage your reputation and credibility as a brand. Up-to-date invoices maintain your relationship with customers since you get to prevent double-invoicing them or charging them for the same products and services twice. This can come off as a deceptive scheme and can destroy their trust in your company.

Conclusion

Keeping your invoices up-to-date can help you keep accurate records, which is especially valuable during tax season. The practice can also ensure that you get paid for your products and services on time while allowing you to stay on top of your business’ cash flow.

Other benefits of having accurate invoices are to minimize invoicing mistakes and uphold your clients’ trust in your brand.

By Mahira Khan

© 2019 Mahira Khan - All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


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