For the year of 2009 the federal budget is an estimated 3.1 TRILLION dollars. The number one reason for design cost overruns is overestimating the importance of graphic design. The truth is that most successful people are permanent learners.
We have also heard what it takes to be successful like these people. We heard you have to save, you have to start your own business, you have to own properties, you have to be prudent with your finances and so on.
I was really amazed when watching accountants the upcoming DVD in part because when you think of keyboards you think in terms of chords. And to watch all these 90 miles an hour melody lines, coming out the guitar solos, with such precision, yet so quickly, and with the timing so perfect.
When you hear the word “report” get into the habit of thinking, “Is there another way I could get the client/boss the information they require?” Perhaps a short memo or oral report would have more impact and you could get them the information more quickly. Remember bosses don’t want reports – they want information to help them make decisions.
Total amount payable (This is the last amount being shown on the invoice and is the actual amount that needs to be noted. It is for this reason that it is usually printed on the bottom and it is in larger block font).
Shipping costs/delivery charges (Often these costs are charged separately from the product and are additional cost. Make sure they are listed separately and itemized for a clear overview. If they are “thrown in the deal”, make sure you still include them and marked them as an added bonus with the charge marked as nil. This is a great way to show your customer the value he is getting).
They’re 18 years old, 20, 24, 27. You know, sure, you get some who are in their 40’s, late 40’s. But the majority is a lot younger. And for them, they’re hearing it for the first time, a lot of them, and they only know it on guitar.
For those “highly intellectual” people who think we may have Constitutional issues with the implementation of such a plan, my response to them is. Where were you when a president was having oral sex in the oval office and struggling with the word “is” during legal questioning that was televised for all to see. Or, where were you when we elected a president with little more proof of his birth in the United States than a child gets as a prize from a box of cereal. Simply put, you are either part of the solution are you ARE the problem. Not a single red tape bureaucrat would lose a job; they would just have a different job description. Our budget might even go down a few billion for the lack of paper and office supplies needed to track tax info.
Looking back at all the points we have listed, you might think it is too difficult to include them all. You might think it is an ‘overkill approach’ to your invoice. However, always have this in mind; by making sure your invoice has all of the above components, you will upgrade it to your hardest working debt collecting helper. Try it, when you see the difference it makes in your cash flow, you are going to love it!