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‍ Acme LLC.

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Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.

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Date: March 8th 2023



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated January 23, 2023.


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet by video conference, 4 days per month for 2 hours.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach an hourly rate of $150. Of this, the Client will pay the Coach $500.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 1.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach will not be available by telephone, or email in between scheduled sessions.


- A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.

- The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

- The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.

- The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.


3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.


This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).


The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.

- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.

- The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.

- The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.

- The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.

- The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).

- The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.

- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.


6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.


Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4. Noticies.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.



Acme LLC.

Corporation Corp.
Table of contents

Purpose of an invoice for software development

You'll need a software development invoice to bill your clients for your completed work. Without a proper invoice, most businesses will not pay suppliers, including developers.

Here are some reasons why you might want to use a proper software development invoice template:

  • You and your client will need an invoice for tax and accounting records
  • Your client will use your invoice to cross-reference the work you have completed. So, you must itemize everything correctly to avoid payment delays and disputes
  • Your client's accounts department requires an official invoice to add you as a supplier on their accounting system and as a beneficiary on their bank account
  • For a big project with multiple payments, invoicing allows you to keep track of billing to avoid errors and disputes

Note: As a software developer, you need the freedom to focus on your craft. Sign up to Bonsai and use our free invoice template.

Software invoice format

Below is a sample invoice format for software services. There are a few mandatory requirements for every standard invoice, but your client might require customized billing when working with a software developer–we highlight these below.

Unique Invoice Number

You must use a unique invoice number for all of your professional invoices. Most people start invoicing from 0001 and increment for every new invoice. You can also add an INV prefix before the invoice to distinguish between invoices, quotations (QUO), and bills–this is especially helpful for tracking and accounting.

Pro tip: We recommend using a spreadsheet to keep track of your invoices and payments. Use these five columns:

  • Invoice number
  • Client name
  • Contact details
  • Invoice date
  • Due date

Once a client has paid an invoice, you can highlight the row so it's easy to see what's still outstanding.

Business information

Business name and information are mandatory for any software invoice template. If you don't have a business, you add your personal details instead. Here are all the details you'll need for this section of the invoice:

  • Business name
  • Business number
  • Tax or VAT number (if applicable)
  • Full address (physical or postal)
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • Website (if applicable)

Clients invoice information

You'll also need to include your client's business details, with the same fields mentioned above.

Important: Make sure you create a clear distinction between your details and those of your client. Our free invoice template for software developers uses "From" for your details and "To" indicating who you are billing.

Your client might also require that you include a purchase order (PO) number for their accounts department. Make sure you check this with your client, as some companies will not pay invoices without a PO number.

Invoice dates

You must include the date you're issuing the invoice, and the date payment is due. If the invoice is due on the same date it's issued, put COD under the due date.

Line items and the total amount

The line item section is where you list your development services and their costs. Here is a breakdown of each column:

  • Item name: The products and services you're billing. For example, front-end development, mobile app development, bug-fixing, complex frameworks, etc
  • Units/quantity/hours: The quantity or number of hours per line item. Most developers charge by the hour, so this would be the number of hours you're billing
  • Rate: The rate for a single unit or hour
  • Total: The (units x rate) to give you a line total

Below your line items, you calculate the subtotal before tax and discounts. Then add taxes and subtract any discounts before you calculate the invoice total. If you don't have taxes and discounts, you can leave these fields empty.

Payment terms and method

Payment terms and method usually sits in the footer of a software development invoice template. Here you put your payment method and any terms related to invoicing.

Some examples of payment terms and method include:

  • Your agreed payment method–bank details/PayPal address/etc
  • Which party is responsible for fees (if applicable)
  • Penalties for late payment
  • Payment breakdown–if the customer needs to pay a deposit and the balance on completion

Other invoice fields

Here are some other fields you might want to add to your software development invoice templates. These will depend on the type of work you're invoicing and the agreements you have with clients.

  • Notes: Some invoices use the notes section for additional terms, quotation numbers, PO numbers, project details, and other relevant information you want on record between you and your client.
  • Logo: Including a logo can make your invoices look more professional.

Software invoice template tips

Here are three tips to help you create a crystal clear invoice for your software development services and avoid any mishaps.

  • It's critical to negotiate payment dates and terms and put them in a signed software development agreement between you and your client before starting work.
  • Some companies can take 30 days or more to go through the internal checks and balances before loading you on their system and making the initial payment. Check this with your client beforehand, and ask if you can submit your details early, so you don't have to wait too long for your first payment.
  • Check with your client if you need to CC anyone (like the accounts department) when you submit an invoice.
  • Get into the habit of sending a quotation and ask your client to agree to the rate and terms before you start working. This allows your client to voice any concerns before starting the job and avoid disputes when it comes time to pay
  • Find out from your local revenue office about taxes. You might have to include taxes on your software development invoice.
  • Give your multiple payment options to make it easy to use their preferred method.
  • To prevent payment delays, consider adding a late penalty fee. You can charge a fixed amount or percentage of the total invoice for each day over the due date. 

Creating a free software development invoice template is simple with Bonsai

Most freelance software developers work by the hour, which means you don't want to waste time creating professional invoices and writing out legal terms.

Bonsai makes invoicing easy with a customizable free invoice template ready to go! Plus, you can get your clients to electronically sign your professional invoices, making it a legally binding agreement! Let Bonsai take care of invoicing while you focus on building your software development business.

Bonsai also lets you create and send proposals, a statement of work, and contracts for software development, so all your digital paperwork is in one place–great for preparing for year-end taxes!

Software development invoice FAQs

Do I need to use a software development invoice to get paid?

Most companies require an invoice before making payments. There are rare occasions where you don't need to send an invoice for software development work, which is usually up to your client. Depending on your state/province or country, it might be a legal tax requirement to keep invoice records, regardless of whether your client wants one or not.

When should I send a software development invoice?

When to send an invoice will depend on the agreement and payment terms you have with your client. Under most circumstances, you send an invoice when the software development work is complete. For long-term contracts, you might invoice your client at the end of every month.

To use the software development invoice template featured at the top of this page, just click the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about this template.