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5 tips to mastering invoice management

Mary Roach
BILL, Senior Director, Segment and Content Marketing

As a small business owner, cash flow should be one of your most important concerns. Small businesses generally do not have large cash reserves to rely on if customer payments are slow, so managing your accounts receivable is critical to the financial health and growth potential of your business.

5 tips for better invoice management

Invoicing is at the heart of your accounts receivable process. If your invoicing process is timely, comprehensive and accurate, you have a better chance of managing your cash flow well.

1. Automate your billing process for speed and accuracy

You may think that billing automation is for bigger businesses than yours. The truth is that small businesses have a lot to gain from automation. Paper invoices are time-consuming to produce and a headache to manage. They can get lost on your end or at your customer’s end. It’s difficult for your staff to track when each one was sent and when, or if, it was paid. Manual processing leaves a great deal of room for human error, which can have serious impacts on small businesses’ bottom line. Your invoice management software should recognize potential errors like duplicate bills, overpayments or late payments and keep you informed.

2. Create a comprehensive checklist of information for each invoice

Your billing software should prompt you to enter all the critical information. This ensures that your customer and their AP team have everything they need to get through their payable process to get your payment squared away:

  • Customer

  • Invoice Number

  • Invoice Date

  • Payment Terms: payment options and how soon you expect payment; or Due Date: specific day you expect payment

  • Invoice Template

  • Sales Representative (if applicable)

  • Details about the product or service you're invoicing

3. Set up invoice timing that is beneficial to your cash flow

For large projects, ask your client or customer to pay you in a series of partial payments rather than waiting for any payment until the final completion. You can request monthly payments, for example, or payments when each stage of a project has been completed. 

If you have clients with multiple ongoing projects or orders, set up reasonable intervals, like weekly or monthly, to bill. Scheduling regular invoicing will set up expectations with your customer. When they expect invoices at a particular time, they are more likely to respond in a timely manner, potentially shortening your accounts receivable time period.

An accounts receivable automation provider, such as, can help with digitizing your invoice timing and workflow. You can set up recurring or new invoices for customers and send automated reminders. The software enables you to track the status of your automated invoice with real-time updates of progress in the payment process. Additionally, you can receive payments right in your bank account by ACH or credit card, saving you a significant amount of time.

4. Make sure all payment terms are agreed on in advance

Customers are more likely to pay promptly when they know what is expected in advance and have agreed to the terms. Many small businesses send their terms with their first invoice, but it is much more effective to have that conversation at the beginning of a project or relationship.

5. Monitor your accounts receivable efficiency

Once you have a good invoice management system in place, it’s important to keep monitoring it. You want to be sure you have the best possible system for your business—one that keeps your cash flow as healthy as possible. Part of this is checking to ensure you’re sending your invoices regularly, or as soon after a sale as possible. Then look at other parts of the system. Think about providing options for electronic payments and review your terms regularly. Do you need to offer incentives for quick payments, late fees for slow payments, a change of due dates on your invoices? Every week—even day—counts when you’re a small business looking to thrive and grow.

How BILL can help with invoice management

When it comes to invoicing, BILL can help streamline and automate the entire invoicing process. With a user-friendly interface, you can create professional invoices quickly. Schedule recurring invoices for regular clients and ensure timely billing without manual intervention. BILL tracks the status of invoices, providing visibility into whether invoices have been sent, viewed, or paid. You can set up automated reminders for overdue invoices, prompting clients to pay promptly. BILL also offers a centralized document management system, where you can store supporting documents related to your invoices, such as contracts, purchase orders, or receipts. This feature simplifies document organization and retrieval during audits or disputes. Get on top of your invoice management and improve your accounts receivable today with a risk-free trial.

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