If your job is complete or you want to send a progress invoice to your customer, this article is for you.

To create an invoice to send to your customer, open up the job you want to invoice out, head over to Invoicing, and select Create Invoice:

You'll be presented with the following options:

Create New Invoice creates a blank invoice and shows you the Add Costs screen which lets you choose which costs to invoice out.
Create Quick Invoice imports all costs across your job's site visits onto the invoice.
Create Blank Invoice
creates a blank invoice, letting you decide how you want to format it.
Create Invoice from Quote creates a blank invoice and shows you the Add Costs screen with the Quote tab selected. If you're working on a charge-up job you won't see this option.

Create New Invoice

If you'd like to invoice all labour and materials that were added to the job or a particular site visit, click Create New Invoice to bring up the Add Costs screen:

In this example we'll tick Site Visit A FERG-131a to invoice out, and then click Add $2,177,87 to Invoice. Ticking a site visit brings all materials and labour entered against that site visit onto your invoice.

Create Invoice from Quote / Estimate

If you'd like to create an invoice from your quote (or estimate), click Create Invoice from Quote and you'll be shown the Add Costs screen with the Quote tab selected:

Next, choose how you would like to invoice out your quote. You can:

Invoice out a percentage % of the currently accepted quote or estimate on the job. This will add a single combined line item to the invoice for the amount specified.
Invoice the remainder of the quote if you've already sent out invoices and want to invoice out any outstanding costs.
Invoice out sections of the currently accepted quote.

To invoice out the quote exactly like it was written, use the last option and tick Select All.

Import options

You'll see import options above the Selected Items panel, and these let you:

Split into material and labour subsections: This will sort your line items into Labour and Material subsections under the site visit(s) being imported.
Include outstanding credit line items: This lets you import credits from credit notes that haven't yet been reconciled to a credit to come.
Only Import uninvoiced costs: Use this option if you've invoiced out the site visit previously but new line items have been added. This will tell Fergus to only import the line items that haven't been invoiced out yet.

Formatting the Invoice

Now that your costs are on the invoice, you can adjust markups and apply discounts, and choose what is visible to the customer.

Markups and Discounts

Click the Margins button to adjust markups and discounts:

You can easily see the progress of your invoice: charge-up jobs will show you the progress towards your customer's budget, and quote and estimate jobs will show you progress towards the total quoted amount.

Formatting

Click the pencil icon to adjust formatting options:

Default Formatting Options control what is visible on the final invoice to the customer. You can set a global setting here and override it in individual sections on the invoice.

Display labour descriptions on labour line items shows the time entry description below the labour time and employee name line. If this is unticked, each time entry description is combined and displayed in the site visit section description.

Approval

Now you'll need to approve the invoice before sending it to your customer:

Click Approve:

You'll see the site visits on this job and be asked to choose which to mark as invoiced:

If you imported your site visits onto the invoice they will be ticked automatically. If your job is finished make sure these are ticked as this will update the job's status in Fergus.

Once you've clicked Approve, Fergus will confirm what to do with the job:

Put on hold to send the job to the Pending column of the status board if you're planning to come back to it later.
Create new site visit if the job hasn't been fully complete just yet and you need to return.
Mark as complete if you know the job is 100% finished and your customer is happy!

What's next?

Want to start adding payments to your invoices? Check out Adding Payments to Invoices

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