If you are handy with tubes and pipes, plumbing can be a source of income for you. As with any business and profession, you will need to create a plumbing invoice that you can use to keep track of your payments and data that will be needed for filing your taxes. Here’s how.
- Blank forms. One of the easiest ways to create your own plumbing invoice is by using pre-formatted invoice forms. These are available in many office supply shops. With these invoice forms, you will only need to fill in the blanks with information. Blank forms, however, will not help your business stand out since they will all look the same. You can, however, create a custom made stamp with your logo or seal, s that you can personalize the plumbing invoice.
- Create your own. To better personalize your invoice, you can create your own using a word processing application such as Microsoft Word. You can also use other programs such as Excel to do this. Excel has plenty of features that will help make invoicing easier, but a novice user may find it difficult to manipulate the software.
- Invoice basics. One of the basics that you will need to place in the invoice is information about your services. You should place your contact information, your name, and the name of the plumbing company that you have. Add in the date as well. These should all be found on top of the invoice form. Make sure that the word “Invoice” is clearly printed as a header as well, so that people will be able to easily identify the invoice. Add in your client’s information as well, such as the client’s name and the date when the transaction had occurred. You should also add tracking numbers on the invoice to make it easier for you to track the work that you have carried out throughout the month.
- Labor charges. Next, input the labor that you have done for the particular client. Use a table to create spaces for the labor charges. The labor charges should have a column all of its own. In this column, add the specifics of the work. Add in details such as the number of hours that you have spent working on a particular task, such as replacing tubes and piping in the plumbing. This will give the client some idea on what services you have actually rendered, especially if the client was not present during the actual work.
- Material costs. In plumbing, you will usually need to purchase replacements or tools to repair damages in the plumbing system. You will need to carefully list all of the items that you purchased in order to finish the project. As much as possible, you will also need to keep the receipts so that the client will have proof that the prices you have written down are accurate.
- Payment. Finally, write down the mode of payment that you want to get for the services rendered. This could be in the form of a check, cash or other payment means. Also specify the time for paying the services, as a reminder for the client to pay up.
By creating your own invoice, your clients will be able to easily identify the work that you have done and the appropriate compensation for it. These steps should help you create your plumbing invoice.