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The Benefits of Using Real Estate Invoice Templates

A proper invoicing system may not be the first thing that you think about when starting up or running your own real estate business. Many people think that receipts work the same way as invoices do, so don’t take the time to set up a system for invoicing.

In the real estate sector, this is often the case, especially since you don’t need to send out invoices very often.

But the truth is, invoices are essential, and not having a proper system in place can lead to major issues that you could have easily avoided.

Why You Need An Invoicing System

In a nutshell, you need to have an invoicing system for your real estate business because invoices protect you. A receipt is proof of payment for the person who made the payment and doesn’t protect your business. An invoice is proof of sale and is designed to be the main paper trail for a business.

With an invoice, you can track every detail of every sale you make. This includes the date of the sale, an exact description of what was sold, the payment terms for the sale, and any other details that are pertinent to the transaction. All of this information in one document gives your business a legal leg to stand on should any issues arise with the sale.

Invoices are also the foundation for calculating sales tax in the USA. Without invoices, your business could have trouble accurately accounting for sales tax and you could easily face penalties for incorrect or improper filing.

The Advantages Of Using A Template

Now that we know why an invoicing system is essential for a real estate business, let’s look at the best way to set one up. You don’t need to have a fancy accounting system to submit professional invoices to your clients. There are numerous templates available for free and for purchase that you can set up in a program like Microsoft Word or Excel, or in the Google Drive equivalents. The key is to find the right one for your needs.

With a template set up and ready for repeated use, you’ll find you get a number of great benefits, including:

1. You Save Time

Doing administrative tasks like setting up invoices and sending them out can take up hours of your time. If you continuously create invoices from a blank page every time you need to bill a client, you’d be wasting a lot of time. With an invoice template, the hard work is done for you. Once the template is all set up to your liking, you can just save it and use it for each invoice you send out.

The best part is, if you have clients you need to invoice regularly, you can just save a copy of their specific template to reuse. This means you’ll only have to change the date and maybe a few details about the sales if required. Creating an invoice is quick and easy, and the margin for error is greatly reduced, too.

2. Most Templates Are Customizable

No two businesses are exactly alike, so every invoice needs to be somewhat different. Fortunately, there are a huge number of invoice templates that are fully customizable.

Once you find a template that you like, you can take the time to customize it to suit your real estate business. Change the fonts to match the fonts you use on your website and in your marketing material. Include your logo and brand colors in the design of the template. Then, fill in your company details in the correct places and include your tax information, billing details and payment terms. Once this is done and saved, you won’t have to make changes to your template until you make changes to your business.

3. Save Invoices In The Cloud

If you opt for digital invoices, you can save them all online, in the Cloud. This means that you can access your invoices from anywhere and at any time. You can also generate new invoices on the go if you need to. Sorting through your invoices is also easy because you can search by date, name, and file type.

Cloud storage is ideal for important documents like invoices. You just need to ensure that it’s secure, with a strong password. With Cloud storage, you don’t have to worry about computer issues, losing data if your PC or laptop crashes or if it gets damaged or stolen. You’re also secure against forces of nature and accidents like a fire or flood in your office.

Keeping your documents digital also makes it a lot easier to follow the trail of your invoices. You can email them to your customers instead of printing them out and posting them. With email, you get a digital paper trail that you can immediately recall on your computer, showing you when you sent the invoice, and any discussions had around the payment. The email chain can also serve as another backup for your invoices.

4. Productivity Increases

All in all, using a template and a digital invoicing system will help to improve your business productivity. You save time by setting up the template and saving it for use each time you need to send out an invoice. You can also rest assured that your invoices are secure and your real estate business is covered legally and financially.

When it comes time to file your taxes, you’ll have all the necessary documentation at hand, and you can easily track any late or skipped payments too. This will give you a better overview of your cash flow and ensure that you know exactly what is owed and when payments are due or overdue.

Invoice Templates Give You The Advantage

In any real estate business, having a proper invoicing system is essential to success. Invoice templates are a cost-effective, simple solution for even the busiest realtors and they streamline the invoicing process considerably. The time that it takes to set up the initial template will save you hours down the line, and you’ll have a proper record of all your financials at your fingertips thereafter. 

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