A Free Credit Note / Memo Template for Freelancers

Following on from my Free Invoice Template post which has proven to be highly popular, I’ve been asked about credit notes by several visitors.

Credit notes are essentially the opposite of an invoice, and can either be claimed by clients in cash, or offset against future invoices or unpaid past invoices.

For example, if you’ve supplied your client with 100 widgets and five turn out to be faulty, you should issue a credit note for the five which are faulty. For freelancers who are providing services such as design or copy writing credit notes will be rarer, but it could be that the client isn’t happy with the work provided, or you are unable to complete all work on time so would like to issue a refund in the form of a credit note. Some contracts may have specified a penalty for late delivery which again could be provided by a credit note.

Credit notes should always be a last resort once all efforts have been made to rectify any issues your client may have had, but at the same time if a client really isn’t happy then trying to wriggle out of a refund will, in most cases, do more damage to your companies reputation and potential future work with that client than the value of the credit note!

Their layout and the information contained within them should be similar to that of an invoice although they won’t have a due date, and I’ve included a template in various formats below, which you can use or edit as you wish.

Open Document Format Credit Note Template
Word (.docx) Credit Note Template
Word 2003-2007 (.doc) Credit Note Template
PDF Credit Note Template

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About Chris Wheeler

Chris Wheeler is the owner of Hayden Digital - a UK web development agency. Prior to establishing Hayden Digital he spent several years sucessfully freelancing in the web development industry, gaining a wealth of knowledge about self-employment and creating a sustainable freelance income.

5 Responses to “A Free Credit Note / Memo Template for Freelancers”

  1. Awesome, thanks!

  2. need credit note format

    • Hi Akbar, The credit notes can be downloaded in OpenDocument, Word and PDF formats at the end of the post. If you need a different format let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

  3. Thanks! Good work and of great help

  4. Thank you very much, Mr. Wheeler…:)