Create a customer contact

  • Create records for customers to save time when creating transactions.
  • Save details about the people or businesses that you regularly do business with.
  • Keep track of who owes you money and to whom you owe money.

Import your customer details

Import from CSV file

Consider importing customer records if you already have the details somewhere else. Just export them to a CSV file (type of Excel spreadsheet) and import all the details in one go.

You can import additional new contacts at any time.

Read more about importing customers.

Import from mobile phone

If your customer details are in your mobile phone contacts, consider importing them using our mobile app.

  1. Download the mobile app:

  2. Open the mobile app and from the menu choose Contacts. Select the plus button, then choose Import from phone.

  3. Choose Customers.

  4. From the list of contacts in your phone, choose the ones to import.

  5. Once you've imported your contacts, edit them in the mbile or web app to enter additional details.

Create new customers

For one off customers, or if you don't want to import them, create new customer records from Contacts.

  1. From Contacts, choose Customers, then New Customer.

  2. Enter the details. You can save a customer record with just a name and then enter more details later.

If you don't know all the details yet, just enter the business name and save. All other details can be entered later. You'll always need an address before you save can an invoice for a customer.

Name and main address details

If you don't know all the details yet, just enter the business name and save. All other details can be entered later. You'll always need an address before you save can an invoice for a customer.

  1. From Contacts, choose New Customer
  2. Enter the person's name or the business name in the Business Name field.

    For a business, enter the business name here and then the name of the primary contact person as the Contact Name.

  3. Enter the rest of the contact's details. If your contact has an account number, enter it in the Reference field.
  4. Email address - this the email address that your invoices and statements are sent to by default.
  5. Enter the businesses main address on Contact Details tab. This is the address that will appear on any invoices or statement you send.
  6. For customers outside the UK or Ireland, chose the appropriate region from the UK & Ireland drop-down, then specify the Country at the end of the address.

Tip

If you don't have an address for a customer, just use No address on the first line.

VAT details

If your customer is VAT registered, you'll need to enter their VAT registration number to make sure the correct VAT rate is used when entering invoices.

From the Account Details tab

  1. Enter the VAT number for the customer. We check the VAT number against the Country entered in the address. You cannot save the VAT number unless it has the correct format.

  2. Choose VAT Reverse Charge when:

Set a default category

categories are used to categorise or group your transactions to make sure they are reported correctly on financial reports, such as the Profit and Loss or Balance sheet.

Selecting the right is key to making sure you know where your money coming from and what you are selling.

On sales invoices, you must select a on each line to indicate what you have sold. You can use our default categories or set up your own.

To make sure the right is selected automatically, you can set a default on you customer records. This is really useful if usually sell the same type of goods to a single customer. For example, if you usually sell

From the Account Details tab

  • Choose the to use by default for this customer from the Account Default drop-down.

Tip

If you usually use the same for all your sales, set this in the Record and Transaction settings. See Record and Transactions settings

Enter payment details

If you've agreed credit terms with your customer, you can record them here.

The credit terms sets the number of days an invoice is outstanding before it need to be paid. Once set up, the due date on the invoice is worked out based on the credit terms set here.

We've set the credit terms to 30 days as this is usual for most businesses.

If your credit terms are different, set them in the Record and transaction settings so they applied to all new customer records, or if this customer has unusual credit terms, enter them here.

Store bank details

If you have bank details for any of you customers you can store them on the Payment Details tab. They are not used anywhere and are just for your information.

Set a customer as CIS contractor

If you're in the construction industry, you'll need to set up new or existing customers as contractors so CIS can be deducted from sales invoices.

  1. From the Account Details tab

    1. Choose VAT Reverse Charge for VAT registered customers as this allows reverse charge VAT to be applied to appropriate invoices.
    2. Set the Account Default to a CIS Labour ledger account. CI is only deducted from invoice lines when thsi is selected. Setting this as the default helps prevent errors and ensure CIS deduction are made on invoices,. CIS ledger accounts are only visible to CIS registered contacts.

  2. From the CIS tab, select the CIS Registered checkbox. This indicates that the contact is using the CIS scheme and the appropriate ledger accounts can be selected.

Tip

Make sure you have turned on the CIS features in the settings first.

Read more about CIS

Notes

This is just a space for you to add any other relevant notes about your customer. They notes are not printed on any documents such as sales invoices.

About VAT contacts

If you indicated that your business is VAT registered on sign up, there will already be two contacts on the list. You'll use the HMRC Reclaimed customer contact when you reclaim VAT and the HMRC Payments supplier contact when you make VAT payments. You can change the reference for these contacts but you cannot rename or delete them.