How to create an invoice using the FreeAgent mobile app
This article explains how to create an invoice using the FreeAgent mobile app.
Any changes you make using the FreeAgent mobile app will be reflected in the desktop version of FreeAgent.
If you need to edit an invoice, find out how to edit an invoice using the FreeAgent mobile app.
How to create an invoice
Open the FreeAgent mobile app on your iOS or Android device and log in using your FreeAgent login details if prompted. If you’ve accessed the app recently, you may be logged in automatically.
Tap the three-lined 'hamburger' icon at the top-left of the FreeAgent mobile app and select 'Invoices'.
Tap the ‘+’ at the top-right of the screen and enter the following information.
Contact and project details
Select which customer you would like to create the invoice for using the ‘Contact’ field. FreeAgent will suggest the last contact that an invoice was created for, but you can select a different contact by selecting the 'Contact' field and choosing the relevant contact.
Please note that if the contact is hidden, they won’t appear in the list. You can also add a new contact by tapping the ‘Contact’ field, selecting the '+’ in the top-right corner and entering the relevant details.
If you’re creating this invoice as part of an existing project, select the relevant project from the ‘Project’ field. If the invoice is for a new project, you'll need to create the project first by tapping the ‘Project’ field, selecting the ‘+’ symbol at the top-right and entering the relevant details for the project.
If you select a project to attach the invoice to, you will be given the option to add unbilled items from the project to the invoice. You can choose to add unbilled timeslips, expenses and/or estimates.
Next, add the main details for the invoice including the reference number, date, payment terms and currency.
FreeAgent automatically gives the invoice a reference number, but you can override the ‘Reference’ field if you need to. The default invoice sequencing in FreeAgent is global. Find out more about how invoice numbering works in FreeAgent.
Invoice date, payment terms and currency
Enter the invoice date, payment terms, currency and select the CIS rate (if applicable) for the invoice. If you’ve set specific payment terms for your contact, these will be applied to the invoice.
Online payment options
You can allow your customer to pay the invoice via PayPal, Stripe or Tyl by NatWest by toggling the appropriate option in the 'Payment options' section. Please note that you need to enable these features in FreeAgent before you can use them.
You can enable automatic emailing options for the invoice by selecting ‘Invoice emails’ and toggling the emails that you’d like to enable. Please note that to enable these features, you will first need to set up the relevant email templates in the ‘Settings’ area of the desktop version of FreeAgent. You can set up templates to automatically email payment reminders and email a thank you note once the invoice has been marked as paid.
Select ‘Additional options’ to expand this section and then enter the relevant details if required.
To apply a discount to the entire invoice, enter the discount percentage in the ‘Discount %’ field.
Select the appropriate VAT option by selecting the ‘VAT Options’ field and choosing the relevant option. Please note that you will need to enable additional VAT rates in your ‘VAT Registration’ settings on the desktop version of FreeAgent if you need these.
Add any additional text that you wish to include on the invoice in the ‘Additional text’ field.
Once you’ve entered the relevant details, select ‘Create invoice & add line items’.
Add items to the invoice
Next, you’ll need to add line items to the invoice. To do this, select ‘Add invoice item’.
This will bring up the 'Add invoice item’ screen.
Enter all the necessary details for the invoice line item and select 'Add item to invoice’ to complete the process and add it to the invoice. If you need to add additional invoice items, select 'Add item & add another' instead.
Mark the invoice as sent
If you’re not sending the invoice to the contact or sharing the payment link, select the three dots in the top-right corner and choose ‘Mark as sent’ from the menu.
Send the invoice
If you would like to send the invoice to your customer, select ‘Send invoice £[x]’ at the bottom of the screen.
Preview the email and tap ‘Send’ in the top-right corner to complete the process. Please note that to be able to email invoices from within the mobile app, you will first need to have verified the sender email address on the desktop version of FreeAgent.
Share the payment link
If you've enabled an online payment option, you can share the payment link with the customer rather than sending the invoice.
To do this, select the three dots in the top-right corner and choose ‘Share payment link’ from the menu. Please note that this option will only be available if you selected an online payment option when creating the invoice.
Then, select the app you'd like to share the link to.