To get started, select 'Contacts' then 'Add New Contact'.
This brings up the New Contact screen.
Most of the information on this screen is optional. The boxes that have to be filled in are marked with red asterisks.
In the Contact Details form, you can either enter your contact's own name and their organisation name, or one or the other.
You can also enter multiple addresses in the email address fields; just separate each address with a comma. Bear in mind that FreeAgent will send invoices and other communications to all of the email addresses you provide for each contact.
Invoicing Options for this contact
Under the address boxes is the Invoicing Options section which we'll look at in a bit more detail. These are relevant if the contact is a client rather than a supplier.
If you want to set payment terms that are specific for this contact, you can enter that here. This will then be used on all new invoices and recurring invoice profiles that you create for this contact. It won’t change any existing invoices (including draft invoices) or any existing recurring invoice profiles.
You can choose whether to automatically email invoices, invoice reminders and thank you notes to your contact. These defaults will be used on all new invoices and recurring invoice profiles that you create for this contact. It won’t change any existing invoices (including draft invoices) or any existing recurring invoice profiles.
Invoice numbering sequence
You may want to tick this box to set a specific sequence for invoices you issue to this contact. For example, you might want to prefix the number with the client's or business's initials.
Display names on invoices
You have the option to display the contact's individual name as well as the organisation's name on the invoices. This is useful if you need to mark the invoice for a particular person's attention, for example the bookkeeper or purchase ledger clerk.
Charging VAT - or not
Depending on what you're supplying, and where you're supplying it, you may need to add VAT to the invoices you issue. In the 'Invoicing Options' area, you can choose to either:
charge VAT if the client is based in the United Kingdom VAT area (this area includes the Isle of Man)
always charge VAT
never charge VAT
You can also enter the client's VAT registration number.
Choice of language
And you do also have the option to issue invoices and estimates to your clients in several different languages. Choose your language by selecting the drop-down arrow here.
Once you've finished making changes, select 'Create New Contact' to save your new contact, 'Create and Add Another' if you want to save this new contact and add another one, or 'Cancel' to exit from this screen without setting up the new contact.
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