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Subcontractor Invoice Template

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Indy Invoice templates take the pain out of billing.

  • Build and send an invoice in minutes.
  • Personalize your invoices with your brand color and logo, and leave a nice message for your recipient.
  • Accept payment by top credit and debit cards, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, and more.
  • Add your unbilled time tracks to your invoices as line items for easy payment.
  • Include discounts, late fees, and request deposits.
  • Make single invoices or set up recurring billing.
  • Send your invoices straight from Indy or export them to PDF to send them however you want.
  • Keep track of each invoice’s status, so you know who has paid and who to remind.
  • Set the estimates in your proposals to automatically generate invoices when accepted.
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Subcontractor Invoice Template FAQ

What is a Subcontractor Invoice used for?

Do you work as a subcontractor? If so, you will need to compile invoices as soon as your projects are finalized.

Subcontractor invoices help to clearly define all of the work provided and all of the costs involved. They avoid any confusion regarding these services and ensure that you are compensated for your work.

Get this wrong, and you could be forced to deal with delayed payments, confused clients, and the endless barrage of questions and payment follow-ups that inevitably ensue. A good subcontractor invoice will not only expedite the payments, but will also ensure you spend less time on the things that don’t matter and more time on the things that do.

The exact contents of a subcontractor invoice will vary from job to job, but it may include the following services:

  • Hourly Fees: Payments for every hour that the subcontractor works.
  • Fixed Fees: Payments for the completion of specific jobs or milestones.
  • Varying Rates: A contract may stipulate that the subcontractor should be available for a certain number of hours a day and that they will receive a higher rate if contracted outside of those hours.
  • Payment for a Team: Depending on the size of the job, the subcontractor may be asked to hire other individuals to work alongside them. In such instances, they should bill for these services, so they are not out of pocket.
  • Expenses: Any expenses incurred by the subcontractor during the completion of the job.

A good subcontractor invoice will also help to keep all of your accounts in order. You can keep track of all your expenses and your income, which will come in handy when it’s time to file your taxes! Proper filing can be very difficult when you work for yourself, but invoices go a long way toward simplifying the profession while also making life easier for your clients.

How do you bill for subcontractor work?

You can bill your clients by sending them an invoice. There are a few things to get right with your billing. Here’s a short list:

  • You can bill by the hour, milestone, or project. 
  • Hourly billing is really common, and you can use Indy’s Time Tracker to track your hours easily. You can even add your time tracks to your invoices as line items.
  • Billing by project is very common for subcontractors. As a subcontractor, you will want to ask questions about the scope of the job. Be sure you understand the full scope of the project so your contract and quote cover your costs.
  • Many freelancers take a deposit at the beginning of the project. This protects you from shady clients and sets you up for cash flow success. Deposits up to 50% are normal.
  • You should set out your billing and payment terms in your contract. If you don’t have a contract, use Indy’s Contracts tool to create one before you start work.
  • Once you finish the work or pass the milestone, send the client an invoice. If you don’t have an invoice, you can use Indy’s invoice generator to create a professional invoice in just a few moments.

That’s it! Those are the basics of how to bill someone for your work. 

How much to charge for your subcontractor work?

Knowing how much to charge for your work is a complicated area. We want to help freelancers, so we’re going to give you some general tips here about settling on the best amount to charge clients for your services.

Let’s think about this from a few different perspectives:

First, how much do you want/need to earn? You should create your rates to reflect what you need to earn. Keep in mind that you won’t get paid for some of the things you must do, such as preparing your taxes, looking for more customers, and weekly admin work. So, your hourly or project rate needs to be a little higher to make up for the unpaid work that is part of every freelancer’s life.

Second, how much do others charge for similar services at your level of expertise and experience? This question can be a little difficult to answer, but you can just ask. Join a Facebook group and ask. Call a local competitor and ask. Once you know what they charge, you can go under that if you’re new to the market or over it if you’re the boss.

Another massive item you should plan for is taxes. You’ll be paying your own taxes as a freelancer, so your rates should incorporate the taxes you’ll eventually have to pay. The average tax amount paid by Americans, for all taxes, is about 29%. This means you’ll end up paying $3 in taxes out of every $10 you earn. Price your work to pay your taxes and be left with the income you want.

Your best rates will be different because everyone’s market is different. What works on the West Coast might not be successful in Texas. Try a few different price points until you find the rate clients accept and you can live on.

How to create a subcontractor invoice? 

This part is easy! Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your invoice done:

  1. Open one of Indy’s Subcontractor Invoice Templates.
  2. Add your business branding and information.
  3. Insert your client’s contact information.
  4. Number your invoice in a useful way.
  5. Fill in the lines with your work completed and the cost per task/hour.
  6. Check the invoice total and details.

Once you’ve finished these six steps, you are ready to send your invoice to your client. Send it straight from Indy or download it as a PDF and use your own email client to send it. 

Why Choose Indy?

Indy offers an all-in-one platform for freelancers to manage all their admin work. When you sign up with Indy, your invoicing gets better because the other tools work together. For example, you can use Indy’s Time Tracker to note the time spent on a project. When you’re ready, the Invoice tool can automatically pull your unbilled hours for the project onto your invoice to make it ready to use. This makes your billing more accurate and saves time as well. When you set up your customers and projects with Indy, your entire workflow becomes smoother.

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