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One of the biggest problems for a lot of businesses is waiting for people to pay their invoices. This can cause knock-on issues, as it can lead to cash flow problems, which hold businesses back. One of the best ways to make your invoicing as efficient as possible is to use online invoices.

How do you send your invoices?

There are a lot of businesses that still operate via the traditional approach of creating an invoice at the end of the month and printing it off, after which they fill in all of the details, put it inside an envelope and send it to the customer in question. This is inefficient.

One of the main reasons why you should turn to online invoicing is because it is much quicker. Once you have created your invoice online, all you need to do is fill it in using a programme such as Word. After this, you can email it to the customer and they will receive it instantly. This speeds up the process significantly.

Make bookkeeping easier

The process of actually sending the invoice is not the only time-consuming thing when it comes to sending your invoices by post. It is also much more difficult and time-consuming to keep track of all of your bills and payments. Not only will you have to enter the billing information when you actually invoice the customer, but you will need to enter it again when it comes to updating your accounts. This is something you no longer have to worry about with e-invoicing because all of the details will be saved and automated, making bookkeeping a lot easier and cost efficient.

Get paid quicker

Finally, any accountant will tell you that the sooner you send out an invoice the more likely you are to be paid quicker. So, you can certainly expect faster payments if you embrace online invoicing. You don’t only have the option of direct invoicing either; you can schedule your invoicing requirements when possible so that you don’t even need to lift a finger. You will also benefit from much better invoice tracking as well. You will be able to create a better audit trail, run reports to get a better insight, create your own reminders and view payment statuses. This gives you better clarity regarding where your business is currently at in terms of the money coming in.

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