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Freelance Blogger? How to Create an Invoice Template

There are more blogging jobs available now than ever before. That means there are more first-time bloggers than ever before. And that means more people need help getting started! To that end, I am pleased to share with you the items that should be included on an invoice when you are freelance blogging for clients.

Limited details
A good blog invoice should include your name, contact information, the period of time the invoice covered, the name of the blog in which you wrote for, the title of each post, the URL (if possible) of each post and the word count of each post. Some bloggers will go as far to include the social media love or number of comments a blog post received. This is optional, but anything you can do to show the employer that you are going above and beyond, never hurts.

Clear as a bell
The amount you are owed and the method in which you would like to be paid should be crystal clear. Depending on the size of the organization you are blogging for, you never know how much attention will be paid to your invoice. It’s only a few dollars to them, but it might be essential money to you. By putting the amount owed in larger font (or some other other way to make is stick out), you will make the life of the person paying the bills easy, and that could be a factor in keeping the client happy.

Submit early
All blog owners want invoices at different times, but the most common scenario is the end of the month. But don’t wait for the last second! Sending in that invoice a day or two early can help ensure you get paid on time and will be appreciated by the person paying the bills.

Convert to a PDF

This ensures that your “final” version will not be altered by the client. It’s unlikely that they ever would, but better safe than sorry. Saving blog invoices as a PDF has another important function – it ensures that you do not accidentally type over an archived invoice.

Is there anything else you think is important to include on a blogger’s invoice?

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  1. Roy Scribner ) says: 10/8/2010

    That is a great idea about including the number of comments and Tweets, Likes, etc., Andrew. Nothing wrong with taking every opportunity to promote your successes, even on an invoice. I should probably consider including traffic stats on the monthly invoices to my advertisers.

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  2. Wade Cockfield says: 10/8/2010

    I like how you explore even the tiny details of blog management such as writing invoices. Surely, first-time bloggers do not realize the importance of invoice contents in relation to promoting their blog.

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  3. Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 10/9/2010

    Great post with useful info! Terms should be included as well–“Payable upon receipt?” 3o days after publication? 5o% now/50% later? And so on…

    It prevents any future misunderstandings and makes the collection process a bit easier. :-)

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  4. Johnny Seal says: 9/17/2012

    Great post! If you’re looking for a simple way to run your online invoicing for a small business, have a look at http://www.1ClickBusiness.com. It’s a well priced modular subscription system, extended to easy made estimates, payments and performance dashboards – even has add ons for extra functionality with all modules. Everything is cloud based and completely online, the user-interface is really friendly and the documents can be personalized and previewed before sending them with the in-app email. Free 30 trial after registration, 7 days free for add ons, no obligations!

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  5. Lindasay Lohan says: 9/27/2012

    Keep it Simple and clean ! No unnecessary content in the Invoice Template and try to be User friendly !

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