Invoicing & Billing Jargons Explained For Small Business Owners

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 10:10 in Small Business Hacks
by ShimBi Labs

Small Business Owners, Freelancers and Startups difficult to understand some Invoicing terms, this post is for you.

Well, the title does require a bit of explanation... isn’t it?


When something does not make sense to you because you do not belong to the specific section of the industry/business/group, then such terms are called Jargons. It just needs a bit more explanation to understand the meaning for a layman.



[jahr-guh n, -gon]

1. The language, especially the vocabulary, peculi ar to a particular trade,profession, or group:

medical jargon.

2. Unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gi bberish.


Jargons are special/specific words or expressions used within the context of a certain profession / industry, so that it is self explanatory for those involved in the same profession, but requires rephrasing and clear explanation to make sense to others who are outside of the said industry/profession.


However, this does not mean Jargons can be eliminated from the vocabulary. They are very much essential, as it saves time, explanation and speculation when used in the right context.


Today we are going to learn some Jargons used in Online Invoicing or Billing Applications such as ShimBi MyBilling.


(Business) Accounting


The systematic and comprehensive recording of financial transactions pertaining to a business. 


By systematic accounting, businesses keep track of the money that is put into the business in an orderly manner. Reports generated from accounting statements help in this matter.




(Verb ) roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of.

(Noun) an approximate calculation or judgement of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something.


The purpose of the estimate is to get an idea about the costs involved, with the intent of ascertaining if it is affordable within the allocated budget . An Estimate is requested (or) sent after discussing the project in detail, so as to include cost-material-time-resource breakups.




a list of goods sent or services provided, with a statement of the sum due for these;

a bill.

A commercial document that itemizes a transaction between a buyer and a seller


Invoices help track sale of a product / services. Not just this, invoices play a major role while filing tax, inventory control and other accounting purposes.



Compound Tax (or) Stacked Tax

Compound Tax (or) Stacked Tax:

It is a tax applied on top of an asset that has already been taxed.


In some cases Provincial Tax (PST) are applied to the invoice in addition to sales tax. Such transactions use Compound-tax to raise the final invoice amount.



A written acknowledgment that something of value has been transferred from one party to another.


Receipts are issued when an invoice has been paid. Businesses also issue receipts to vendors for goods received, and other businesses for services rendered. 


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