I’ve sent out invoices to my consulting clients for over 22 years. My basic goal is always the same:

  1. Explain what actions I performed and…
  2. Show how much I’m charging for those actions

Invoicing example:

Revise office phone number throughout website

Create third photo album to highlight new store location

Replace home page photo

Fee for professional services – 5 hours ………. $500

I’ve found that active (not passive!) verbs work best to explain my consulting work on invoices. Why? Because they strongly communicate the most value.

Here is my list of 100 Action Verbs for Invoices That Earn Money:

Activate
Add
Adjust
Admit
Alert
Analyze
Apply
Assist
Backup
Balance
Blog
Brainstorm
Build
Call
Change
Check
Close
Compare
Conclude
Confirm
Contact
Coordinate
Correct
Create
Define
Delete
Design
Develop
Diagram
Direct
Discuss
Distribute
Document
Download
Edit
Eliminate
Email
Enhance
Enlarge
Estimate
Expand
Expedite
Explain
Finish
Fix
Forward
Generate
Group
Handle
Highlight
Implement
Improve
Index
Install
Integrate
Investigate
Invoice
Launch
License
Locate
Maintain
Manage
Meet
Monitor
Notify
Optimize
Perform
Photograph
Plan
Post
Prepare
Propose
Provide
Publish
Recommend
Recover
Recreate
Reduce
Register
Remove
Renew
Replace
Research
Resolve
Retrieve
Review
Revise
Save
Secure
Send
Setup
Show
Start
Summarize
Telephone
Train
Tweet
Update
Upload
Write

Your list will vary based on the specific services you offer. But just remember: active verbs communicate the most value!

Make it 280 characters less.
Make it 300 words or less.
Make it 500 words or less.
Make it 800 words or less.

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