This free receipt template is a simple and easy way to send professional-looking receipts to clients after they’ve paid you. Simply download the Word Docx or Excel file and fill out the customizable fields. Then you’re ready to email or print the receipt. No more wondering how to make a receipt.

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Receipt template highlights

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  • Completely free Excel receipt template ready to send to clients
  • Template automatically calculates subtotal and grand total amounts
  • Fully customizable
  • Professional format with all essential receipt elements
  • Printable receipt

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For future jobs you should check out our invoice templates and estimate templates before sending out a receipt.

Receipts are essentially paid invoices so for guides on writing a create receipt our invoice guide is a great place to start.

Alternatives to using Excel or Word receipt templates

Microsoft Word is designed for general documents such as letters and reports. You can usually make quite good looking documents in Word. However it can be quite a pain to add line items, totals and calculate taxes.

Some recommend using Excel instead, because of it’s automatic formulas. Excel makes it quite easy to add up your totals and measure taxes. You can set up a table with items and quantities with little effort.

However Excel falls short on the visuals.  It’s very hard to make the receipt look professional, even when using professionally designed receipt templates.

The best option is to use tools and software designed for making receipts, instead of receipt templates. You can use these tools to gain the best of both worlds! Great convenience as well as amazing style.

That’s where we come in. We’ve built our receipt maker to be a great alternative to Word and Excel. Here are some of the added benefits of using Invoice Simple:

  • Professional layout
  • Fully customizable
  • Clients and items are automatically saved for future use
  • Simple book keeping for tax season

If you’re handing out receipts more than once or twice a month it makes a lot of sense to switch to an receipt maker.

Specialized receipt template collection

Some tasks require a specially modified receipt:

rent receipt template

  • Rent Receipt: If you’re giving a receipt to a tenant you will need to use a specialized template. For example you usually only have one item to bill for, so a long table may not be appropriate. To help out, we’ve created a few receipt slips that are specifically tailored for rental properties.
    FYI, we also have a few rental invoice templates if you’re interested.
  • Cash Receipt Template: Similar to the rental receipt template, the cash receipt will only contain one item. This type of receipt is used when you ask for cash from someone, typically as a deposit for some item.
  • Donation Receipt: I would say this is a subtype of the cash receipt, except that it may include additional info that you’d need to deduct donations from your taxes. Useful for getting a bigger tax return while also helping those in need.

Invoice vs Receipt: What’s the Difference?

You may have seen that our invoice generator and receipt maker have a lot in common. Both require similar information and are formatted similarly. So what’s the difference?

The main difference in an invoice vs. receipt is the timing. An invoice is issued after services or products are rendered but before payment is made. A receipt is issued — largely with the same information — after payment has been made. A receipt documents for both the buyer and the seller that the transaction is complete.

How to Use These Receipt Templates

Wondering how to make a receipt? Use our compilation of free receipt templates. Feel free to download, modify and use any you like. If you’re looking for a rental, cash or donations receipt scroll further down as they have their own pages.

For Google Sheets (doc/drive)

how to use google doc template
To make a receipt on Google Sheets:
1. Select the download link — you’ll be taken to Google Sheets.
2. It’ll say that the receipt is ‘read only’.
3. Select ‘File -> Make a copy’ in the menu to get your own editable version.
4. Edit your details.
5. Download & send to your customers!