It was Mike who told me about electronic invoicing several months ago. At first, I really did not know what he was talking about. I have to admit that I never heard about electronic invoicing before, let alone why I would need it for my small business.
Several weeks later, by pure coincidence, another buddy of mine, Andrew, also mentioned electronic invoicing and how it helped him with his own business. And this is when I finally paid attention because I felt I might be missing out on something and possibly should look into this as well.
I had sort-of a test phase of one month where I used electronic invoicing to see whether there is really any benefit from using it. I can tell you already that this this month was all that I needed to make the decision and switch to electronic invoicing right away. Let me tell you why!
Using E Invoice is not something where you need a degree in rocket science. It simply means that you will send (or receive) your invoices by email. It works by using an intermediary service provider that receives, converts and dispatches your invoices. Basically, you cut out the entire postal mailing process which means you will save a lot of time.
There is not a lot you need to change in your existing process. I still create my invoices as I did before. With the difference that I don’t mail them with my shipments any longer but email them to the electronic invoice provider service instead. The fact that the switch to electronic invoicing was so easy was one of the main reasons I knew that I would never go back to traditional invoicing again.
For me as the owner of a small business, the switch to e-invoice has proven very effective! It’s definitely a lot of time and work saved which I can now use for other, more constructive things in my business!