Nichole Potier Invoice Design October 22, 2018 11:12:04
Automating as many processes as possible through an integrated solution which optimally manages these tasks results in a directly proportionate decrease in opportunities for human error while increasing the opportunities for savings and improved efficiency. Even collections can be managed automatically sending the corresponding overdue notices as certain pre-defined thresholds are reached.
No PO number Invoices that arrive in AP without a PO number can be very problematic which can take the team a lot of man-hours to manually process them. AP may receive non-PO invoices when a supplier has provided products or services to the buyer without receiving a purchase order. Many different challenges can arise when processing non-PO invoices which may include difficulty identifying the purchaser and original authoriser - making the approval process lengthy and a higher risk for errors.
Duplicate Invoices With so many invoices being sent to the AP department you are guaranteed to have a few duplicate invoices. Sometimes this could be someone trying to commit fraud but sometimes this could be a genuine mistake. A few common mistakes that can cause duplicate payments include typographical errors such as:
Electronic invoices encourage organizations to discontinue the use of paper invoices replacing them with a digital version of an electronically-generated tax document which has the same legal validity as the traditional version and preserves a faithful record of all commercial transactions. In this way the entire billing process can be administered electronically. However it is important to remember that amount of Value Added Tax must be included on every Invoice.
Numbers and Numbers and Records and Books - must be trackable Referring to "invoice #9048" rather than "That invoice I sent you last month I think on a Tuesday" is much easier to track for both you and your client. Assign numbers to your invoices systematically consistently and chronologically. Some people number their invoices by year (for example 2009043 would be the 43rd invoice of 2009). You could also specify a code for the project. For example ABC06 would be the 6th invoice for the ABC project that youre currently working on. Having an invoice and project numbering system keeps everything in line.
Itemized List of Services - must be specific People want to know what theyve paid for. Most people will not pay for something described merely as "Design." Tell them exactly what they have received: e.g. "Design of three-page static website for Sporting Goods Department." Be as specific as possible. In five years would both you and the client know what you meant by your description? Also specify whether the charge is project-based or hourly.