An invoice is the document you supply to your commissioner claiming payment for the service of illustration you have provided. It should be supplied on delivery and acceptance of your artwork, and paid within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.

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As a sole trader, which most illustrators are, all invoices have to include the information listed below:

  • a unique identification number (invoice number)
  • your name, and any business name being used, address and contact information
  • the company name and address of the client you are invoicing
  • a clear description of what you’re charging for
  • the date the goods or service were provided (supply date)
  • the date of the invoice
  • the amount(s) being charged
  • VAT amount if applicable
  • the total amount owed
  • if you are using a business name, an address where any legal documents can be delivered to you

Limited company invoices:

  • If your company is a limited company, you must include the full company name as it appears on the certificate of incorporation.


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Value Added Tax (VAT) is an additional tax added to the price of your work, and therefore invoices, when you sell goods and services such as illustration (among other things). You need to register for VAT if your income is, or expected to be, over £85,000 in a 12 month period.

You must use VAT invoices if you and your customer are VAT registered.

For more information on VAT visit the Government Site

To find out about registering visit VAT Registration


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Click to download the AOI Sample Invoice



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