Hand written invoices

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  1. candyman

    candyman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    OK, so I plan to run a van sales business.

    What are the problems associated with hand written invoices?

    Also would generic cheap invoice pads be best or is it worth paying £140 ish (for 10 books x 50 sets) personally designed ncr books?

    I figure using bookkeeping/accountancy software becomes more difficult as you aren't processing invoices using the program!?

    Help!!
     
    Posted: Oct 18, 2014 By: candyman Member since: Oct 18, 2014
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  2. Scalloway

    Scalloway UKBF Legend Free Member

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    It depends what image you want to present. If you use handwritten invoices there is no problem with accounting software. You just need a system to ensure they are all entered on the software regularly.

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    Posted: Oct 18, 2014 By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
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  3. Nuno

    Nuno UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    If you go the handwritten route just get a rubber stamp with name and address made for you, (£8) and cheap and cheerful books. Cheap stickers with your details on are another way of doing it, and cheap too. NCR printed ones are a waste of money IMO
     
    Posted: Oct 18, 2014 By: Nuno Member since: Oct 10, 2011
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  4. candyman

    candyman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Love the rubber stamp suggestion!
     
    Posted: Oct 18, 2014 By: candyman Member since: Oct 18, 2014
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  5. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I would use pre printed stationary with your company details and information on.

    It will look more professional.

    Handwriting the sales information is not a problem, just make sure it's clear, precise and includes all relevant information.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  6. john1989

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    If you are VAT registered, your invoices must run in sequential order. Therefore, if you are VAT registered, it might make things easier to have them printed.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: john1989 Member since: Jan 1, 1970
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  7. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Pre printed invoice stationary should also include your T&C's which could not reasonably be done on each handwritten invoice.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  8. candyman

    candyman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I'd be making 30 invoices a week minimum.
    Now thinking it may be best to go down the more professional pre designed ncr book route.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: candyman Member since: Oct 18, 2014
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  9. john1989

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    What accounts software do you use?
    If you use something like VT, you can have invoice templates which will allow you to create the invoice, print it off and then it will be on your accounts system straight away. It will also give you a sequential invoice number.
    All you'd need is a load of invoice paper printing.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: john1989 Member since: Jan 1, 1970
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  10. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I agree.......make sure all the printing details have been double checked before you go to print.

    Don't print too many as there are often changes that will be made a year down the line.

    Good luck with your business.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  11. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Sounds like a good business if you will be making minimum 30 sales per week.

    The cost of pre printed stationary should not really come into it.
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  12. candyman

    candyman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So, I guess when using accounting software would I need to then type up each invoice again?
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: candyman Member since: Oct 18, 2014
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  13. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Only the main details.

    Customer, product, price, date, paid, balance . . . . .
     
    Posted: Oct 19, 2014 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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