The sample invoice I put up is always one of my most popular pages. It’s true on this blog and it was true way back when I was at About.com and when b5media had The Golden Pencil. I notice I wrote it long enough ago so it talks about snail mailing the invoice – these days I email them.
I’ve always been curious about why an article with a graphic of a not so pretty how-to-invoice would be so popular.
I suspect a lot the the hits come from google sample invoice are actually from writers and other creatives looking for reassurance. After all, the actual process of billing a writing or editing client can be scary. I remember the first few times I had to invoice someone. I didn’t know what it should look like. I dug around my stack of papers until I found one I’d received and made it look sort of like that one.
I also remember that I was afraid – scared to create it and frightened by sending it off. I’m not sure exactly what I was afraid of. Part of it was a suspicion that my writing ability made it too easy to be well paid for it. Talk about lack of self-worth. I probably was also afraid they wouldn’t pay me.
Time has cured a lot of my fears. So has a lot of “work” on myself. We all seem to need to find our way, to discover what we do well and that doing something easily doesn’t mean we shouldn’t charge for it. In fact, it may be that doing something easily is a strong signal we should offer that service for good money.
What’s you’re experience with invoicing and things that you do easily?