If you need help cre­at­ing an invoice for your small busi­ness, this arti­cle can guide you through the billing process. Seller‘s waiv­er of or breach of any pro­vi­sion shall not con­sti­tute a waiv­er of any sub­se­quent breach of that or any oth­er pro­vi­sion. Sell­er may cor­rect any errors con­tained in this Note, on each invoice issued to Buy­er or on its pub­lished price sheets, and such cor­rec­tion is intend­ed to mod­i­fy this Agree­ment. An invoice is not a sep­a­rate legal doc­u­ment. While invoic­ing is an impor­tant account­ing prac­tice for busi­ness­es, invoic­es do not serve as a legal­ly bind­ing agree­ment between the com­pa­ny and its cus­tomer. This is because an invoice leaves too much room for manip­u­la­tion to serve as a legal doc­u­ment. On the invoice itself, there is no evi­dence that both par­ties have agreed to their terms. In order to ensure that cus­tomers pay in full and on time, small busi­ness­es should draw up pro­fes­sion­al con­tracts which, unlike invoic­es, can serve as legal­ly bind­ing agree­ments. For exam­ple, if you are a free­lance writer, your legal­ly bind­ing con­tract would require you to enter into an agree­ment accept­ed by your client, pro­vide copy­ing ser­vices to your client, and pay an agreed amount of mon­ey in exchange.

A con­tract offers pro­tec­tion and secu­ri­ty to both par­ties who enter into the con­tract, since con­tracts are legal­ly bind­ing doc­u­ments. The sell­er always has the right to approve the buyer‘s cred­it. The sell­er may at any time require a deposit, an addi­tion­al guar­an­tee or a guar­an­tee of pay­ment in a time­ly man­ner. If the buy­er refus­es to pro­vide the required pay­ment, secu­ri­ty or guar­an­tee, the sell­er may ter­mi­nate the con­tract, refuse to deliv­er un deliv­ered goods and the buy­er is imme­di­ate­ly liable for the unpaid price of all deliv­ered goods and dam­ages, as set out in para­graph V below. Buy­er agrees to pay Sell­er the costs of col­lect­ing over­due invoic­es, includ­ing rea­son­able attor­neys‘ fees incurred by Sell­er in col­lect­ing such sums. F.O.B. The point is the point of SHIP TO at the front of this agree­ment. Your con­tracts should always include your pay­ment terms, includ­ing the due date of pay­ment by the cus­tomer and the meth­ods they can use to make the pay­ment, such as cash, checks, and cred­it cards. If your com­pa­ny is con­stant­ly work­ing with clients you work for every month, you can con­sid­er a retain­er agree­ment that allows you to bill them for your ser­vices each month with­out the need for a new con­tract each time. A sin­gle invoice is not a con­tract in the legal sense of the term, since it does not prove an agree­ment between two par­ties. Instead, an invoice is issued by a com­pa­ny and sent to a cus­tomer to request pay­ment for their ser­vices, and is there­fore a one-sided document…