Billing a Client
Posted 20 March 2007 - 06:20 PM
I have a question about billing a client. I usually work on low budget stuff where I get a handfull of crushed and crumpled bills shoved into my hands at the end of the day...or work for a Production that goes through a payroll company and in turn, get a shiny new check in a few weeks...
However, my latest employer asked me to create an invoice for the work I'm doing.
Does anyone know of any basic templates or printable sheets that I can get off the internet, so I don't have to hand him a ripped out piece of notebook paper, chads hanging loosely, with the words "pay me $250 dollars" scrawled in crayon across it.
I'm sure I could type something up on my comp relatively quickly...but if anyone has any tips or help it would be greatly appreciated...
It was a flat day rate...
Thanks in advance,
Posted 20 March 2007 - 08:31 PM
Be as thorough and precise as you can with your contact info, the client's info, and the job info (date, project title, services rendered, amount breakdowns, etc.)
Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:27 PM
Of course you need a space for dayrate and a place for totals (dayrate x days worked). I have a separate line for OT with the details of how I arrive at my total (2 hrs OT at 1.5x, 2 hrs OT at 2x).
For tax purposes, create an entirely separate invoice for any equipment rentals you may be charging them. That will help them create an appropriate 1099 at the end of the year so that your equipment income isn't lumped in with your "wages."
Have a grand total at the bottom of your invoice. I have a nice "Thank you!" also along with a pretty picture of cameras so that my invoice doesn't look so cold and forgettable.
It looks something like this (but nicer in Word with columns, rows, and shading ) The formatting doesn't hold in this forum box, but the info you need is there.
Date: March 16, 2007 Job #/PO #
DAYS DESCRIPTION RATE TOTAL
Director of Photography $day rate for 10hrs $total
The Spirit of Dubai
LAX ? London ? Dubai
9 01/27/07 ? 2/04/07 $day rate for 10hrs $total
Director of Photography
The Spirit of Dubai
Clive (owner) move-in
President of Yemen arrival
Model room B-roll
Snagging excursion on island at Villa with Troy
Aussie mtg about Trump tower
Blimp Terminal progress
Scout ATLANTIS building location
Shoot map room b-roll
On site walking interview with tunnel managers in
tunnel and on top of tunnel
Location: Dubai, UAE
TOTAL DUE $total due from above
Please make all checks payable to: Brian Dzyak
Posted 21 March 2007 - 08:05 AM
It's about $10 a month.
I highly recommend it.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:30 PM