With Elorus, you have the ability to issue estimates to your clients, by following the same process when issuing sales documents. (See related article)
While an estimate is in a draft state you can edit it. In case you click on the "Export PDF" button, the system will display the following message:
This happened because the estimate might not be in its final form and the system attempts to deter you from handing it to your customer. In many cases, the user who created estimates is not the same person who's responsible for sending them to the customers. Furthermore, if you attempt to email it, Elorus will display the following message:
Estimates have several useful functionalities that we'll discuss in this article.
When an estimate is in an "Issued" state, this means that it is official and ready to be sent to your client. As soon as your client accepts the estimate, you have the ability to convert it into an Invoice by the press of a button. From the estimate's preview page, click on the "Generate Invoice" button and Elorus will automatically create the related document, according to the default document type you have chosen for the sales documents (Invoice, Receipt etc). The sales document will be then found inside the "Manage invoices" page, in a draft state, so you can edit it or send it via email.
Finally, observe how the "Generate invoice" button has turned into "Converted to Invoice". By pressing it, you are being transferred to the invoice's preview page, for even more ease and time-saving.
Νote: You can easily create Shipping notes and Proforma invoices via the Estimates menu. Click here for instructions.
Accepting / Rejecting estimates
Inside every estimate's preview page, you have the option of changing its status depending on whether the customer has accepted or rejected it. From the (...) button, provided the estimated is in "issued" state, you can select "Mark as accepted" or "Mark as rejected".
Accepting/ rejecting an estimate online
Through the client portal and the permalink of each estimate, the customer has the option of rejecting or accepting it.
If they click on an estimate through the client portal or the link you sent them via email, they will see the following options at the top of their screen:
- By clicking on "Accept", provided that the client agrees to the estimate, a window is displayed in which they can, optionally, leave a comment (for example, delivery in 15 days).
Once they click on "Accept", the status of the estimate will change to "Accepted" and you will receive an email reading "Customer [Name] has accepted Estimate # 2. The comment was: Delivery in 15 days"
Also, in the list of estimates, you will notice that the estimate's changed status is also visible.
Beyond that, you can create the respective document through your account and proceed with the sale as usual.
If the customer has changed their mind before accepting it, you can change the estimate's status to "Rejected" through its preview page. Select (...) and click on "Mark as rejected".
- If the client rejects the estimate from the client portal its status changes to "Rejected" immediately, while at the same time you receive an email notification for this action along with the optional customer feedback. Also, notice that the "Create invoice" button has been disabled:
And in this case, if the client changes their mind, you can change the status of the estimate to "Accepted". From its preview page, click on the (...) button and select "Mark as accepted".
Finally, if you wish to change the status to "Issued", you can click on "Mark as issued" through the (...) button.
Invoice accepted estimates
Inside Settings -> Account settings -> Application settings you can choose whether a draft will be created automatically every time a client accepts an estimate online. If you wish so, choose "Yes" on the "Invoice accepted estimates" field.