Estimate maker

With Wave's Estimate Maker, you can send as many customized, professional estimates you want - in seconds. And, once you're ready to receive payments for the services or goods you provide via your estimate, you can sign up for a Wave account and accept online payments at a reasonable price. The best part? Everything flows right into your accounting records, so your bookkeeping is done for you.

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What is an estimate?

An estimate is a document that a business or individual gives a customer, showing how much the business expects to charge the customer for goods or services to be supplied. If an estimate is given to a customer, the business is still allowed to charge the customer more or less on the invoice when it comes time to supply the goods or services.

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How to use the Estimate Maker

To make an estimate with our free estimate maker, follow these step-by-step instructions and you'll quickly have a professional estimate to send to your customers.

  1. Upload your company logo (optional).
  2. Enter your company's information, including its business name and physical address, then click "Continue".
  3. Enter your customer's information, including their business name and physical address, then click "Continue".
  4. Enter a title for your Estimate, as well as a brief summary along with an estimate number and date.
  5. Enter the line item information and a brief description, along with its quantity, price and tax rate.
  6. If you have more than one line item to include on your estimate, click "Add new item" to include it.
  7. If needed, add any accompanying information to the "Notes" section.
  8. Once the above steps are complete, click "Generate estimate" to receive your free estimate.

Essential parts of an Estimate

There are 11 elements of an estimate that you should be aware of, some of which are necessary while others can be used for customization.

  1. Title: In order to avoid confusion, it's important that your estimate is titled properly and clearly states "estimate". This helps prevent getting invoices mixed up with estimates, and the document isn't legally binding without a proper title.
  2. Description: A description helps your customer understand the nature of the goods and services that the estimate is for.
  3. Your Company's Name & Address: The name and address of your company is usually displayed at the top of an estimate in order to indicate the company that is providing the estimate for services rendered.
  4. You Customer's Name & Address: It's also important to indicate who is receiving the estimate. Entering your customer's information ensures you'll send the estimate to the right person, and it helps to avoid misplacing or mixing up estimates.
  5. Estimate Number: Every invoice has a unique identifier in the form of an invoice number, which helps you keep track of multiple invoices. Invoice numbers can be formatted in different ways such as file numbers, billing codes or date-based purchase order numbers.
  6. Estimate Date: The receipt date indicates when payment for goods and services was received. This helps you keep track of when you've received payment for goods or services you've provided to customers.
  7. Valid Until Date: Businesses providing an estimate for services generally state a time to sign the contract. The "valid until" date is the date until which the estimate is valid and is the last date for signing the contract at the quoted cost.
  8. Line Item: Each line item on an invoice should have a name for the goods or services provided, along with a description of those goods and services. The line items also require a quantity so the customer knows how many goods or services they are being billed for, the price of the line item and tax rate applied to it, and the amount the line item costs.
  9. Tax: Indicating the tax rate applied to the cost of the goods or services provided is legally required on estimates. This rate may differ depending on the geographic location you're business operates in. So please consult your local tax resource to determine how much tax you should be applying to your estimates.
  10. Notes: Within the notes section of the estimate, you can stipulate any additional terms of service that you've agreed to with your customer.
  11. Total: The total displays the balance due which is calculated from the amount of each line item on the invoice. This is what your customer is required to pay you.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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There are 11 elements of an estimate that you should be aware of, some of which are necessary while others can be used for customization.

  1. Title: In order to avoid confusion, it's important that your estimate is titled properly and clearly states "estimate". This helps prevent getting invoices mixed up with estimates, and the document isn't legally binding without a proper title.
  2. Description: A description helps your customer understand the nature of the goods and services that the estimate is for.
  3. Your Company's Name & Address: The name and address of your company is usually displayed at the top of an estimate in order to indicate the company that is providing the estimate for services rendered.
  4. You Customer's Name & Address: It's also important to indicate who is receiving the estimate. Entering your customer's information ensures you'll send the estimate to the right person, and it helps to avoid misplacing or mixing up estimates.
  5. Estimate Number: Every invoice has a unique identifier in the form of an invoice number, which helps you keep track of multiple invoices. Invoice numbers can be formatted in different ways such as file numbers, billing codes or date-based purchase order numbers.
  6. Estimate Date: The receipt date indicates when payment for goods and services was received. This helps you keep track of when you've received payment for goods or services you've provided to customers.
  7. Valid Until Date: Businesses providing an estimate for services generally state a time to sign the contract. The "valid until" date is the date until which the estimate is valid and is the last date for signing the contract at the quoted cost.
  8. Line Item: Each line item on an invoice should have a name for the goods or services provided, along with a description of those goods and services. The line items also require a quantity so the customer knows how many goods or services they are being billed for, the price of the line item and tax rate applied to it, and the amount the line item costs.
  9. Tax: Indicating the tax rate applied to the cost of the goods or services provided is legally required on estimates. This rate may differ depending on the geographic location you're business operates in. So please consult your local tax resource to determine how much tax you should be applying to your estimates.
  10. Notes: Within the notes section of the estimate, you can stipulate any additional terms of service that you've agreed to with your customer.
  11. Total: The total displays the balance due which is calculated from the amount of each line item on the invoice. This is what your customer is required to pay you.

Benefits of using an Estimate Maker

  • Shareable & Printable
    Wave's estimate maker provides easy to share estimates with a click of a button. You can have the estimate emailed to you, download it as a PDF or print it.
  • Fast & Efficient
    Save time with our quick and easy-to-use estimate maker that generates professional estimates in a matter of seconds.
  • Error-Free
    Our online estimate maker helps reduce the chances of human errors on the estimate, like misspellings or miscalculations, by automating the creation of the estimate.
  • Cost Effective
    The best part of our online estimate maker is that it's free. There's no cost required to generate estimates, nor is there any cost involved in editing the estimates you've created.

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FAQs

What's the difference between an estimate and an invoice?

Estimates are used at the start of a transaction in order to quote a fee for the goods and services you provide to customers. Estimates are not considered an amount owed by your customer, whereas an invoice is a formal statement of a balance due.

What is the "Valid Until" date on an estimate?

This is the date by which your customer needs to pay the fee for good and services indicated on the estimate. If payment is not received by this date, then you may need to draft a new estimate to provide to your customer.

How do I remove a line item from the estimate in the estimate maker?

If you've added a line item by mistake to your estimate in the estimate maker, all you need to do to remove it is click the trash bin icon in the upper right-hand corner of the line item. This will ensure that line item is removed from your estimate.

How do I send my estimates?

It's easy to send your estimates created with Wave's estimate maker. Simply enter your email address after completing the steps to generate an estimate and you'll receive a PDF version of the estimate that can be sent to your customer. You can also download the PDF copy of your estimate to be printed out and mailed to customers.

How do I charge tax on the estimate maker?

To apply taxes to the fees for your goods or services on the estimate, you simply need to enter the tax rate that is applicable for your state or province. Consult with your local tax department to determine which tax rate you'll need to apply to your estimate.

Can I use my own logo with the estimate maker?

Definitely! To insert your own logo, click on the "Choose File" button in the section that says "Upload your company logo here". Then our estimate maker will create an estimate with your company's logo on it.

Can I edit my estimates in the estimate maker?

You sure can. All you need to do is simply click "Make Changes" after you've completed the estimate creation process and you'll be able to edit the information you've already inputted and generate a new estimate.

Can I get a pdf of my estimate from the estimate maker?

Of course! You'll have two options to receive a PDF copy of your estimate. Once you've created an estimate with our estimate maker, you'll be able to download a PDF copy of the estimate or get the PDF emailed to you directly.

Invoice like a pro with your free Wave account

Customize your invoices by choosing from a variety of templates. Then add your logo and company colors to make it look professional and personalized.

Check out more of our invoicing tools that can help you run your business more efficiently.

Want more options? With Wave's free invoicing software, you can create, customize, and send professional invoices and estimates to your clients. Set up recurring invoices for your customers, generate customer statements, and more!

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