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What Is a Vendor Invoice?

A document listing the amounts owed to a supplier by the recipient is known as a vendor invoice. A supplier prepares and issues an invoice when a customer orders goods and services on credit.

Vendor invoices include the amounts owed, sales taxes, freight and delivery charges, the date by which the payment should be made, and where to send the payment.

When a customer receives the invoice and inputs in their financial records and accounting software, it schedule payment.

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10 Invoice Terms to Know

10 Invoice Terms to Know

1) Terms of Sale

Terms of sale refer to the payment terms that a seller and buyer have agreed on. Terms include things such as cost, amount, delivery, payment method and the due date.

This is an agreement made between the buyer and seller. Terms of sales clarify the requirements of the sales to avoid disagreements and misunderstanding about payment.

Terms of sale are important to international trade because it covers shipping information like when shipping occurs, who is responsible for international duties and taxes, and any other factors that have been established by international chamber of commerce regulations.

2) Payment in Advance

Payment in advance is a payment made ahead of schedule. Often business owners require advance payment for their products or services.

For example, a freelance writer might require 50 percent payment upfront before beginning a project.

Advance payment protects sellers against non-payments and covers upfront expenses.

3) Immediate Payment

Immediate payment also referred to as ‘Cash on Delivery’ (COD) or ‘Payable on Receipt, means that the payment is due at the time of delivery of a purchased good or service. If the client doesn’t make an immediate payment — through credit card, e-check, wire transfer, or online service payment — the seller has the right to repossess the good or intellectual property.

4) Net 7, 10, 30, 60,90

This refers to net payment is due in 7, 10, 30, 60, or 90 days after the invoice date.

For example, if the invoice was dated May 10 and you used one of the most used payment terms, Net 30, then the payment would be due June 9.

This term can be confusing to both accounts payable teams and clients. It is suggested to use a term that is clearer like ‘Days’ instead of ‘Net’.

5) 2/10 Net 30

Net 30 requires the client or customer to make a payment within 30 days. Some companies offer discounts if a payment is made within ten days. Customers may get a two percent discount if they pay within ten days.

A company can change these terms as they like. For example, they could sweeten the deal by offering five percent off their invoice if it is paid within a week.

6) Line of Credit Pay

Line of Credit Pay gives the customer the option to settle their bill over a period of time — typically on a monthly or quarterly basis.

A line of credit payment allows the customer to purchase a product service on credit. Due to the risk involved, this is more commonly used amongst larger companies because of their ability to decrease their cash flow.

7) Quotes & Estimates

This refers to a ballpark figure a company gives to a customer for the price of their good and services. This allows customers to easily compare pricing with competitors.

This is not the final amount that you’re going to bill your customer, but it should include invoice essentials like pricing, an itemized breakdown of the pricing and schedule of delivery.

Most invoicing platforms allow you to easily convert your quote or estimate into an invoice after a sale is made.

8) Recurring Invoice

Recurring invoices are for ongoing services, like web hosting or housecleaning, and are usually the same price every month.

These invoices guarantee cash flow to your business, make forecasting easier and saves you time from having to invoice clients every month.

9) Interest Invoice

Interest invoices impact customers who don’t pay their invoice on time. Calculating the interest on late payments by the number of days that the payment is past due.

An interest invoice is not only a reminder of a past due payment but it also contains relevant interest charges and a due date to settle the payment.

10) Invoice Factoring

Invoice factoring can be considered when your client has not paid their invoice and you’re in desperate need for cash.

When you hand over your invoice to an invoice factoring company, you will receive an 85 percent advance upfront in as little as one but keep in mind these companies will also charge a fee.


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