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Free Invoice Templates

Free Invoice Templates

If you’re a freelancer or a small business owner in Europe, chances are you’ll need to create invoices for your business. Download a free invoice template for your specific needs, and create and send professional invoices as a PDF, in Excel or as Google sheets, or in Microsoft Word or Google docs.

Get tips on what to include according to what you do and how to use professional Invoicing Software to get paid faster through online payments or credit cards

Free Small Business Owner Invoice Template
Most small businesses need an invoice that stands out. Fill in, customise, and send out your small business invoices to your clients with our free invoice template. Read on to find some useful tips about what to include, how much to charge, and more.
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Free Freelance Invoice Template
Working as a freelancer means you’ll have to stay organised and implement a professional invoicing process that works for you and your clients. Download a free invoice template in word and learn what to include, how much to charge, and when to send invoices to your clients in Europe.
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Tired of manually creating and sending each invoice?

Looking to up your invoice game? With QuickBooks Online invoicing software you can send customised, professional invoices from your phone or computer in just a couple of minutes. Smart predictions make it easy to know when your invoices will be paid, you can even automate gentle reminders for overdue invoices.

QuickBooks Online vs Free Invoice Template

Invoicing Features QuickBooks Online Free Invoice Template
Email your invoice to clients for free
Add multiple lines of items with descriptions
Easily track who's paid and which invoices are outstanding
Avoid late payments with automated payment reminders
Set up deposit notifications to your mobile
Add a discount to your invoice
Automate invoices for recurring subscriptions
Create partial invoices for stages of a project
Create custom, personalised invoice templates
Create and send invoices from mobile devices on the go
Integrate invoice management with the rest of your business
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Manual invoices vs. invoice software

QuickBooks Online Invoicing Software

  • Get paid fast with payment-enabled invoices. Add an optional “Pay Now” button to invoices, so your customers can pay directly online with a variety of payment methods, including debit cards and wire transfers
  • With our innovative software, you can track outstanding invoices on your phone and get alerts when your invoices are viewed and paid.
  • In addition, send payment reminders to your customers from within QuickBooks Online. On top of that, you can automate the invoice sending process at your set schedule. Customer information is automatically pulled in, making prep simple.

Manual Invoices

  • Unlike automated invoices, manual invoices may involve more steps to issue, and for customers to complete payments. It involves manual entry of customer calculation and sale information. Plus, it needs to be tracked and monitored manually. 
  • Manual follow-up for payment reminders and past-due payment notifications leaves room for errors, which might eventually lead to late payments, and cash flow problems. With QuickBooks invoicing software you can avoid this potential hassle, and also keep track of your taxes in Europe.

Invoices Requirements in the European Union

Under the European Union (EU) regulations, an invoice is required in most business-to-business (B2B) transactions and in some business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. 

When selling to customers rather than other businesses, an invoice is generally issued under the following circumstances:

  • In distance selling, when another EU country will collect the tax;
  • When a new means of transport (some motorized land vehicles, vessels and aircraft as defined in the VAT Directive) is supplied to another EU country.

Member states may impose time limits on the issue of invoices when taxable persons are selling goods or services within their territory.

Here are some important things to include when sending an invoice in Europe:

  • The date of issue
  • A unique sequential number identifying the invoice
  • The supplier’s VAT identification number
  • The customer’s VAT identification number
  • The supplier’s full name and address
  • The customer’s full name and address
  • A description of the quantity and type of goods supplied OR the type and extent of services rendered
  • The unit price of goods or services. This does not include taxes, discounts, or rebates unless these are part of the unit price.
  • The transaction and payment dates (if these are different from the invoice date)
  • The VAT rate applied
  • The VAT amount payable
  • A breakdown of VAT amount payable by VAT rate or exemption
  • The foreign currency rate (if an alternative to the supplier’s national currency is used)
  • The EU VAT Directive refers to sequential numbering, but this number can be based on one or more series. 

Additional invoice requirements in some cases

  • A VAT-exempt transaction – include a reference to exempting legislation (EU or local)
  • If a ‘reverse charge’ is applied to the transaction
  • The intra-EU supply of a new means of transport (i.e. some additional information for a car)
  • For margin schemes – include a reference to the scheme applied. (A margin scheme is a special VAT scheme available to travel agents and others.)
  • If the invoice is “self-billing” (a customer issues the invoice instead of the supplier), those exact words must appear on the invoice.
  • If a supplier uses cash accounting, the words “cash accounting” must appear on the invoice.
  • For tax representatives: some VAT details may be needed if tax representatives are involved in a business. (Tax representatives are appointed by entities who do business in the EU but don’t have a physical presence there; they still need to settle VAT on their business activity.)

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