You finished a job and need to invoice a client. Or a client wants an estimate, and then, if they accept the estimate, and want the work done, you need to invoice them (either before, if you are requesting a deposit, during, or once the job is complete). How do you do all of this?
First, you need to create an estimate (if needed), then an invoice.
Creating an estimate can be as simple as sending your client a text message or email outlining the work and costs. For a more professional look, you may want to send them a document with your company name, logo, their info, plus the work, costs, taxes, terms, and anything else pertinent.
To do this you can use Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, Google Docs, or Open Office to manually create the document, filling in fields, performing calculations, adjusting margins, text boxes, lists, fonts, colors, and on and on. Or, you can speed things up using our totally biased favorite, an estimate generator!
You may be thinking,
but wait, isn't Invoicer.ai an invoice generator?
It certainly is, but that doesn't mean you can't use it to also create estimates. Invoicer allows you to create estimates, send them to your client for approval, and, once approved, automatically convert the estimate into an invoice, saving you time.
Once you create an estimate, and the client approves it, you can create an invoice. To create an invoice you are going to use either an invoice template, or invoice generator. But which one is better?
That brings us back to the topic of this post,
If you haven't already gathered, invoice generators are better because they help speed up invoice creation, encourage you to stay organized, allow you to send and track invoices, keep track of payments, send payment reminders, perform automatic calculations, allow you to accept online payments, keep track of clients, access your invoices from any device, and more.
Invoice generators are built to make the invoice creation easy for you, so you can stay focused on your business. They are like your own personal paperwork assistant, always there, at the ready, to quickly fire out invoices once you fill in the details.
Sounds great, doesn't it? You may be wondering, what are the downsides to using an invoice generator? The downsides are, they usually cost money, your data is stored in the cloud, so you may run into an issue where you can't download an invoice due to some major internet outage (Invoicer.ai uses multiple redundant (backups on backups) cloud storage to avoid this type of scenario), and you have less customization options than using an invoice template, since you can style an invoice template however you like.
Overall, the pros of using an invoice generator far outweigh the cons.
Don't take our word for it, try the Invoicer.ai invoice generator yourself, and make your own decision.