Article by Michael Reid
Don’t underestimate the importance of having professional stationary to conduct your business on a day to day basis. Your invoices/forms, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, folders, etc represents your company and sends a message, whether positive or negative. People are greatly influenced by your stationary and you should use this to your advantage. You should also be aware that no matter how great a company you have, unprofessional stationery can hurt you business in a bad way.
Auto repair shops use invoices and forms to conduct their business on a daily basis. It could be for an oil change, an engine repair, tune ups, or whatever the case may be. The customer expects to get an invoice or receipt with detail information of the job and the costs involved.
Here are some advantages of having professionally made invoices to give to your customer:1. It helps both you and the customer keep proper accounting records2. It gives you an opportunity to help maintain your corporate identity3. Use it to advertise your business – make sure you contact information in on it4. It helps to settle disagreements or disputes in the case where there are problemsThere are both manual and computer invoices. Most computer invoice is software that you can install on your computer. Manual invoices are premade with all your contact information and terms and conditions. You can purchase invoices from most printers in different sizes and number of parts. They are made from carbonless paper so that when you write on the first copy, it is automatically printed on the pages below.
When you create an auto repair invoice for your business you should make sure that your logo, your address, telephone number, fax number, website and email address are on it. You want to keep your information consistent with other stationery like your letterheads and envelopes. There are many print shops that print invoices and other carbonless forms for a low cost. Make sure you have proper invoices and forms to conduct your business in a professional manner.
It may seem like common sense, but always make sure the individual fees add up to the same value listed here. It is quite common to simply assume they both match, but a few moments double checking these can sometimes save you a substantial amount. If you are having trouble reading or understanding a charge, the shop should be able and willing to explain things to your satisfaction. If not, you may want to look elsewhere for repair work.Michael ReidGraphic Designerwww.designsnprint.com
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