There are 9 types of invoices, and each type is determined by the services rendered or products sold. Read on to find out the type of invoice you need to send.

Types of Invoices

Standard Invoice

A standard invoice is the most common type of invoice and almost all industries use it. You use the standard invoice when requesting payment for goods or services. It has all the basic entries of an invoice such as:

  • Invoice Number
  • Date
  • Name of Seller
  • Business Address
  • Contact Details
  • Name of Buyer
  • Items Purchased
  • Cost of Goods

Commercial Invoice (Business Invoice)

A business that is involved in foreign trade will use a commercial invoice instead of the standard invoice. Businesses use the commercial invoice for customs declaration of the goods, and for requesting payment from the buyer. Details of the commercial invoice include:

  • Taxable amount
  • Address of seller (sender)
  • Address of Buyer (receiver)
  • Carrier ID number
  • List items shipped and harmonized code for each item
  • Cost of goods
  • Special notes and comments

Progress Invoice

If you are in an industry such as construction, you will use the progress invoice to request payment for work done progressively. The payment covers expenses such as wages for employees, and expenses for completed work.

Timesheet Invoice

A timesheet is a special type of invoice, businesses and consultants use to request payment for services rendered. Such professionals may include lawyers, consultants, psychotherapists, car rentals, crane rentals, a business that rent out tools, etc. These types of invoices replace “products/goods” with “time.”

Utility Invoice

A utility invoice is that bill you usually get for using gas, power, internet, telephone, TV, among others, for a certain period. The utility invoice usually includes details such as due date, billing period, the amount payable, and the penalty for paying after the due date. The bill may also include any outstanding balance or credit.

Recurring Invoice

These are fixed-rate invoices, for services or items rented such as house rent, tools, and machines that customer use for a specified period. You send this type of invoice monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually.

Pro-Forma Invoice

You use a proforma invoice to send an estimation quote of the goods or services to a buyer. It does not qualify as a true invoice, and you cannot enter it as receivable or payable. However, as a seller, you can use it to declare their commitment to delivering the goods or services listed in it.

Debit Memo

You generate a debit memo invoice after a buyer incurs a huge bill, than what they requested in their PO for your service. In that case, the debit memo functions as an invoice, and it shows the outstanding balance and late fees. It increases (debits) what the buyer is required to pay for that particular time.

Pending Invoice

You send a pending invoice when a customer has a pending bill that is due, and they have only cleared part of it. You can keep sending the pending invoices periodically until the customer clears their bill.

Create Different Types of Invoices

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