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You may have heard the old adage, ‘Everyone knows a sale isn’t a sale until you invoice’. But do they? It can’t be said enough how important invoicing promptly is for your business. Doing so decreases the time it takes to receive your revenue which means it’s a major contributor to good cash flow.

So how does your business send invoices? Are you using an invoice software package? Invoice software can pay for itself and improve your business performance through decreasing the time it takes your debtors to pay. The benefits of invoice software over sending them via email are easy to quantify. The days spent waiting for your mail to be delivered are lost days in terms of getting what you are owed. Emailing an invoice allows for your debtor to receive it instantly. This means that while they may not pay straight away, the payment process and terms have started immediately.

There is however even more benefit to be gained from invoice software than just emailing invoices. After all you can use applications like Microsoft word or excel to prepare invoices and email them to your customers. Invoicing software can speed up the process with automated invoice numbers, customer and line item selection at the click of a button. What’s more your VAT rates can be set up within the software so you can select which rate applies to your different products and let the software complete the total for you. When you’re finished all you have to do is email straight from your software.

When your customers do pay you will be able to allocate the revenue against your invoice, keeping all of your records in one place. This means that nothing gets lost and you have an accurate picture of your accounts so that you can see how your business is performing.

So ask yourself how many invoices does your business raise in a week, or a month, or a year? If you could cut down the time it took to process each invoice by only 30 seconds how much time would you save to look after other things in your business? Invoice software can make that a reality.

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Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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