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Being a freelancer is hard. You’ve got to constantly be on your A-Game – delivering a high quality of work for your clients – whilst simultaneously handling a morass of complicated tasks that are needed for managing your business. Everything from client discovery, to ensuring you’re tax compliant, to getting paid is a chore.

Let’s look at the last one. Billing. If you’re anything like me, you spend hours each month creating new invoices from scratch. You don’t bother with a template, just out of sheer laziness, or simply not having found one that meets your needs. Thanksfully, Vertex42 has a stunning array of invoice templates that both look great, and will get you paid.

Here are 10 of the best.

Invoice with Hours and Rate

Looking to make a great impression with your clients? This template makes it easy to invoice billable hours, and looks the part. It also comes with room for your own branding, making this spreadsheet ideal for consultants and contractors.


Download it here.

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Blank Invoice Template

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Pro Forma Invoice Template

A Pro Forma invoice is used to define the cost of goods and services, prior to delivery. They differ slightly in format to standard invoices, as they indicate a planned transaction, rather than a purchase that has conclusively taken place. This spreadsheet from Vertex42 comes with room for your own branding, as well as every detail about a transaction you could possibly hope to record. And it looks great too.


Download it here.

Sales Invoice Template

The Sales Invoice Template is simple, clean and professional, and was designed with the small business owner in mind. It also understands that you might not want to calculate tax and shipping every time you invoice a client, so it does the calculations for you. Great, right?


Download it here.

Consultant Invoice

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Download it here.

Billing Invoice Template

Sometimes, it’s good to keep things simple. This billing invoice template doesn’t come with any bells and whistles. There’s no room for branding, and its design is a printer-friendly blend of white, black and grey. But, it comes with every field you could possibly need for billing a client.


Download it here.

Basic Invoice Template

The Basic Invoice Template keeps it… Well? Basic. If you’re looking for a template that works great across all versions of Excel, looks amazing when printed out, has all the essential fields, but don’t need any complex calculations being done or any branding, this one’s for you.


Download it here.

Invoice Tracker

As anyone who freelances probably knows, invoicing clients is only half of the battle. The rest is spent making furious phone calls and sending emails, making sure they actually pay on time. This template from Vertex42 makes this a bit easier, by showing you who is paying on time, and who isn’t.


Download it here.

Invoice Assistant

Taking the Invoice Tracker to the next level is the Invoice Assistant. Not only does this show you a list of all invoices, but also allows you to get an overview of your customers, and comes with everything you could ever need to manage your financial relationship with each one. All from within Excel. This extra functionality comes with a price though, and can be yours for only $9.99.


Download it here.

Service Invoice Template

The Service Invoice Template is one of many templates designed with consultants and freelancers in mind. If you’re offering a service, but not worrying about parts, shipping and selling physical products, then you might want to take a look at this template. It can fit on a single sheet of A4, and looks great when printed out on paper.


Download it here.

Get Invoicing

Vertex42 has everything a freelancer could ever need for invoicing clients, and making sure you get paid. How do you like to invoice your clients? Got any tips or tricks to share?

  1. Wolfhart Willimczik
    March 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I got an invoice over $3200 for "services". I never ordered anything, but it seems I have to pay.
    In non of the samples is the word "order " or estimate. Everybody can simply write invoices for somebody without any order. And it works - at least in Florida.

  2. pcpeters
    December 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Is free for real ?
    What is the cache.

  3. subramanyam subbu
    October 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I put a bid in free lancer the employ gives me a task is

    In e-mail all mails are checked and all mails are write in spread sheet give any ideas are templates. please help me . I am confused .

  4. Peter
    September 19, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I rather use a cloud invoicing service like which lets me create quotes and invoices with just a few clicks. It saves me a lot of time, and I can access and manage my invoices, items, customers, reports etc. from any device.

  5. seysconstantijn
    June 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Interesting article, I have tried almost all the services and use at the moment because I mostly work with 1 big client and do not like to spend a lot of time on creating invoices.

  6. Victor
    October 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm


    These all seem interesting but they don't really look professional and they're not exactly quick to make. Especially if you have multiple products and taxes. Why not just use a simple invoicing software and get something better? I've been using Sleek Bill for 6 months and I really don't know why anyone would use templates. You can't save your product specs, company details etc...
    There's quite a few out there but this is the one I tried:

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I think many people (myself included) would much prefer to use a spreadsheet rather than a full-blown app.

      Thanks for your comment!

  7. Kathy Grant
    October 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I have no use for the invoice templates but, I just wanted to say thank you for your service to us less computer literate. I read your Make Use Of topics daily and really appreciate the info they provide.

    Thank you.

    • Matthew Hughes
      October 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Kathy. I really appreciate your comment, and your continued support! Thanks for reading MakeUseOf! We hope you stick around!

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