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Tips, news, and advice from the team at Debitoor


What to do when a customer asks you for a discount

Everyone appreciates a good discount when they’re shopping. However, if you’re a business owner, you may wonder why on earth you would charge less for your products or services. Obviously, if the customer pays less, you earn less. Here are some tips and ideas on the types of discounts you can provide.

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As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve had a customer ask “can you give me a better deal?”. You may already have a discount strategy in place, however, I will explain a variety of different options you can offer to your customers.


Accounting for unpaid invoices in Debitoor

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there will be times when an invoice is not paid by a customer. Sometimes, this means that you have to chase up a late payment, whilst at other times, it means working out how to correctly account for an invoice that you know isn’t going to be paid.

When you have an unpaid invoice, you can either issue a credit note, or leave the invoice unpaid and create an expense under the category of ‘bad debt’

In this post, we take a look at what you should do when you know you’re not going to receive a payment for an invoice and how to correctly record this in your invoicing software.


The new 'Credit Notes' tab with independent numbering

Today we announce a new and exciting update to our invoicing software. Credit notes can now be found as a separate tab within ‘Invoicing’ and even has its own independent numbering system. Writing a credit note has never been simpler!

Debitoor now organises your credit notes together in one central location, making it easier for you to match credit notes to invoices.

This new feature allows you to organise all of your credit notes together in one location and automatically match your credit notes with invoices, just like how you can match payments for an invoice with your bank transfers.


How to register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

It’s August and coronavirus restrictions are slowly being lifted. Restaurants and bars are now allowed to open in the UK, and the Government has set out a scheme to encourage restaurants to open, and the public to eat out to help the businesses most affected by the pandemic.

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In this article, I will outline the requirements for registering for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, how to register, VAT considerations, and how to make a claim.


Time limits for issuing invoices

Whether you prefer to invoice after a job is completed, or just flat out forgot to issue an invoice, you may be asking “how late is too late”? In this article, I will outline the best practices when it comes to invoicing retrospectively, and if there are any time limitations for the invoice to remain valid.

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Ensuring that your invoices are raised on time will not only help you maintain the businesses cash flow and keep accurate records, but it will also help you get paid sooner.


Invoicing software for iPad

If you choose to invest in invoicing software, you’ll want to always be able to use to it, no matter where you are. Luckily, invoicing software such as Debitoor runs in the cloud, meaning that it’s always easy to access your data, issue invoices, create expenses, and follow up on late payments without needing your computer.

You can use Debitoor invoicing software on an iPad to support your business when you’re on the go

Perhaps one of the best tools to invest in if you run a business that demands a lot of travel is an iPad. Whilst it may be overlooked as a glorified smartphone, the iPad offers an array of possibilities that can help you to manage your business. Here, we take a look at how an iPad can support your business and your invoicing needs.


Invoicing software for schools

Do you work in the financial department of a school? If so, you will understand how important it is to keep your books balanced, ensure that all students have paid the correct fees and that teachers are getting the correct salary. Invoicing software can help you will all aspects of your finances.

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Whether you work for a university, music school, language school, or kindergarten, it is important to keep detailed financial records. In this article, I will explain how invoicing software can help you with creating and sending invoices, recording expenses, and keeping track of your accounting reports.


How to pay tax on self-employed income

So you run your own business and are earning some income. Good for you! But you may be wondering how to pay your income tax and national insurance contributions on self-employed income. Look no further, in this article I will explain how it’s done.

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Whether you’re a self-employed musician, graphic designer, or uber driver, you will need to pay tax to your local authorities. In this article, I will discuss taxes related to sole trader businesses in the UK.


Invoicing software for landscaping

A landscaping invoice is a bill that you send to your customer which lays out all of the charges associated with a landscaping job you have completed for them. Whether you’re removing shrubbery, tending to lawns, trimming trees or simply sprucing up a patio, you need to invoice your customer for the job that you have done.

Debitoor invoicing software allows you to create bespoke landscaping invoices that will lay out all of the charges associated with your landscaping job

Here, we explore how invoicing software can help you get paid for your landscaping work and various tips and tricks you can employ to simplify your invoicing process.