Get Your Clients Started on AdvicePay + Issuing Invoices
In This Article:
The 2 Steps to Set Up Success!
To get started, we generally recommend that you do the following together:
- Add a client
- Request a payment and send them the Invoice email
To add a new client and request payment together in only a minute, we've got you covered! Start by going straight to Invoices > Request Payment or Subscriptions > Request Payment. Click the + Add New Client link in the Client drop down to invite your new client, then proceed to finishing the payment request.
How to Add a Client to AdvicePay
To add a client anytime, you'll need to enter their name and email address! Here's how:
1. Select the Clients tab in your sidebar
2. Click Invite New Client in the upper right-hand side of your screen
3. Enter in your client's First Name, Last Name, and Email Address (they can update all of this information later under their own account). You may also assign an optional, internal Client ID.
4. Click Add Client
Your client is now added -- woohoo! When you request a payment you can send them the invoice email notice and they will be able to set up their account from there.
Alternatively, you can send over their unique Client Account Invitation link (located on their client page) so they can register their account separately from paying an invoice. To do that, copy/paste the link and send it yourself or click the paper airplane icon next to the invite link and we'll send an email for you!
How to Request a Payment
Learn how to request a payment from your client by following the below tutorial. If you'd like to issue a subscription payment request in the same step as issuing an up-front, one-time payment, check out our new Advanced Payment feature further down in this article!
Let's get started:
1. Select the Invoices or Subscriptions tab in your sidebar
2. Click Request Payment in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
3. Select your Client (this is searchable by typing within the drop down menu box), Invoice Type (One-Time or Subscription), Due Date or Start Date (a date on which you would like a subscription to begin billing), and Frequency if you are setting up a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual subscription.
Optional: select an end-date for a subscription by setting the number of billing periods under + Add End Date. (This feature is available on our Professional and Enterprise plans. On Basic accounts, subscriptions will bill indefinitely until you or the client cancel them.)
3. Click Continue
4. By default both Credit Card and ACH are selected as payment method options for the client. To limit the invoice payment method to ACH only, uncheck the Credit Card box (and vice versa). See more information on payment methods here.
5. Enter in your Payment Amount and select or write a Description of Services. You also have the option to attach an eSign document with the payment request.
6. Click Continue
5. On the final screen you can review the complete invoice details. When you're ready to send it to your client, click Finish!
Choose Send via email through AdvicePay if you'd like your client to instantly receive an email from AdvicePay inviting them to view the invoice, sign the contract (if applicable), and proceed to payment.
Choose Publish without sending email if you don't want your client to receive an email from AdvicePay notifying them of the invoice and any attached contract. (This is a good option if you want to wait or let them know another way that they have an invoice to pay. Here's how to send the invoice email through AdvicePay later!)
To send the email invoice notice yourself to a Registered client, you can copy/paste the provided URL and send that to your client. If the client is still Unregistered, you can include their Client Account Invitation link so they can set their password and proceed to payment.
Advanced Payment Option for Subscriptions
Bundle a subscription and one-time payment in one request
We know you want billing and making payments to be a breeze, so we’ve given you the ability to request an up-front, one-time payment from your clients at the very same time as requesting a subscription payment. This way you can charge a subscription client for your initial fee or a partial month’s work without needing to spend extra time going back in and create a separate one-time invoice.
(Plus, another benefit of adding an up-front payment request onto a subscription is that while it still creates two unique invoices, your client will pay them in just one single step. Woohoo!)
Once the client has authorized payment on the invoice, the one-time charge will bill immediately and the subscription won’t bill until the due date you set.
To add an up-front payment to your subscription invoices, follow steps 1-3 as normal above. Then:
1. Click Add One Time Invoice
From here you can set a separate due date for the one time invoice. Then click Continue.
2. Enter in the Payment Amount for both the Subscription and One-Time Invoice
3. Enter a Description of Services for both invoices
Tip: The subscription invoice as well as the one-time invoice attached to it will appear under Subscriptions in your sidebar, as well as on the client's individual page.
Finally, this is an example of what your client will see upon login:
And when they click Make Payment, this is what the invoice information will look like:
Frequently Asked Questions
For subscription invoices less than 30 days overdue, their payment will be processed immediately once they authorize the subscription, and then it will begin billing as normal the next month on the day you selected. No new invoice is required.
For subscription invoices over 30 days overdue, it will skip the previous month's payment, bill immediately for the current month, then bill again as normal on the next month's due date. In this instance, you would need to issue a one-time invoice to make up for the missed month. 🙂