Quick Tip:
Avoid This Invoice Trap

If you have a name for your business, it’s tempting to invoice clients with that business name. But if your clients write checks payable to the name of your business … and you haven’t yet set your business up properly … you may be in for some hassle.

With the increased post-911 security concerning financial transactions, many banks won’t let you deposit checks made payable to a business entity into your personal account. Instead, you must deposit them into a business account.

Establishing a business account isn’t difficult, but it can require having a legally established name registered in your county. This process could delay your access to checks made in the name of your business for up to a month.

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Published: April 17, 2006

1 Response to “Quick Tip: Avoid This Invoice Trap”

  1. Hi Will, I know this is an old article but I am new to the COS. I am wondering, is there any disadvantage to invoicing clients in your own name. Does it seem less professional or do they not care if you do good work?

    CK WilliamsNovember 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm


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