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Working hard for a client doesn't mean anything without payment. So, you’ll need to invoice your clients for the work you do. And a billing program can help you look more professional.
The easiest option for billing is to use a spreadsheet program. You can easily set up a time sheet in Excel. This will help you track the time you spend on a project. Then, you can create an invoice to send to clients.
You don’t even need to come up with these forms yourself. Microsoft offers plenty of free templates on its site. You can download exactly what you need to get the job done.
If you don't have Excel, download the free OpenOffice. It includes a program called Calc. This looks like Excel 2003 and has all the same major functions.
If you use a spreadsheet, you’ll need to track your invoices yourself. This can become a real chore. That’s especially true if you work with a lot of clients. If you forget about an invoice, you might not get paid. So, you might consider other options
GnuCash is a capable, free program. But, it will take more effort to learn. It's similar to QuickBooks, which is a high-end accounting program.
You can try the limited version for free. The full version is $10. It's easy to use and affordable.
Billing is only one small part of a business. My tips will help you take your business to the next level:
- These days a Website is essential for any business. Create one the easy way.
- Everyone needs business cards. Find out how to get them for free.
- It's a good idea to keep overhead as low as possible. Visit my Money Center for money-saving advice to keep costs down.