Tallis Simon Invoice Design September 17, 2018 05:09:57
Paper invoices entering the AP department are now scanned into the IMS (Invoice Management Solution) system. Using Automated Data Capture technologies the header information such as invoice total supplier name etc is automatically read from the invoice. The integration between IMS and the ERP then enables this data to be populated directly to register the invoice in the financial system with minimal manual data entry required. If IMS does not recognise the vendor workflow automatically sends this as a query to the business user who can then select whether this is a new vendor to be set up in the ERP or is just a one-off vendor. The integration between IMS and the ERP triggers the creation of the appropriate vendor. This ensures that delays are not created with unknown vendors and speeds up the process of adding new vendors to the finance system.
Although we know perfectly well what an invoice is its technical definition is "a document that reflects the delivery of a product or the provision of services along with the due date and the amount to be paid in consideration."
Most people spend hours on their website design business cards and resumes but then use a template for their invoice. The invoice is your last contact with your client and it should share the attention to detail branding and style of your other elements. By creating a beautiful clear invoice you are saying that you care about the little details. Most importantly make sure you have all the necessary information. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes and that your spacing is consistent. Customize your invoice as much as you can. Your logo is a must but colors and a style that match your other branding items will make it a joy to pay (well as much as is possible).
Non-PO related invoices need to be coded and approved by the original procurer. Previously this was an entirely manual process with each invoice being posted via the internal mail from AP to the individual who codes the invoice then returned to AP then sent out to the procurer of the goods to authorise This process was not only time consuming but fraught with errors and the risk of invoices getting lost.
IMS now routes each invoice to be coded and authorised by the correct individual. Some invoices are automatically sent by IMS and others are routed by the AP clerk If the system is not entirely confident of this selection the AP user will initiate the distribution of the invoice to the procurer for authorisation. If they do not have the correct sign-off limit IMS determines the appropriate individual to forward it to until final approval is achieved.
Include Your Terms - must be clear When do you expect the client to pay you? What happens if they miss the deadline? To be able to send follow-up or overdue notices or to charge interest you need a rock-solid paper trail that no one can argue with. Let Them Know How to Pay You - must be easy Do you want a cheque mailed to you a money transfer flowers? Be explicitly clear about what you expect and in what form. It is usually best to discuss with the client beforehand their preferred method or to come to an agreement about a method you both like.