Welcome to the Yarny Bookkeeper
Welcome to the Yarny Bookkeeper
So you want to start a handmade business
So you want to start a handmade business
Webinars & Courses
Webinars & Courses
The "so-called experts" in the handmade or creative business world all seem to recommend spreadsheets.  I'm betting that most of them actually use software, even though they tell YOU that spreadsheets are the way to go - so they can SELL you a spreadsheet that they designed but don't use anymore!  
Bookkeeping Basics for your creative biz

Software or spreadsheets for handmade business bookkeeping

Wondering if using bookkeeping software or spreadsheets for your handmade or creative business bookkeeping is a better choice? Well, you aren’t alone – it’s a tough question and doing the research makes it an even tougher decision. And, let’s face it, I KNOW that most handmade or creative business owners DETEST doing their books and …

Bookkeeping messes are inevitable…..unless You learn to take that same focus, drive, and organizational skills that you have when it comes to cranking out product and scheduling craft fairs and apply it to your own internal office stuff!
Behind the scenes STUFF in your handmade/creative biz, Bookkeeping Basics for your creative biz

Your bookkeeping is a MESS-Clean it up BEFORE tax time

Feeling like your bookkeeping is a MESS? Need to clean it up BEFORE tax time rolls around?  You aren’t alone. I was chatting with a handmade business owner the other day who told me: I’m great at cranking out products and scheduling craft fairs. I’m scrambling at tax time. I have no sense of my …

My 3 favorite tools and a tip for getting organized.  If you've been feeling totally disorganized and like you have no focus, - then keep reading :-)  
Tools & Tips

My 3 favorite tools & a tip for getting organized

Running a handmade or creative business involves a lot of time, energy, and effort.  Today, I’d like to share my 3 favorite tools and a tip for getting organized and being more productive.  If you’ve been feeling totally disorganized, like you have no focus, and that you have so many things on your plate that …

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something and is often a coping mechanism associated with starting or completing an undesirable or difficult task or making a decision.
Productivity

Procrastination + Excuses = Lack of productivity

Procrastination + excuses = lack of productivity which leads to a bunch of things piling up and then total overwhelm. Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something and is often a coping mechanism associated with starting or completing an undesirable or difficult task or making a decision. An excuse is an explanation for …

5 simple ways to thank your customers, tech editing clients, or even your pattern testers. Reward them for choosing your business.
Customer Appreciation

5 Simple ways to thank your customers

Looking for 5 simple ways to thank your customers for their support of your handmade or creative business. Year end is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time for you to stop and thank your customers for supporting your handmade or creative business this year. Thanking your customers, tech editing clients, or even your …

What's your Owner's Equity? For sole proprietors (and single member LLC’s), equity is your contributions of cash and property into your business MINUS any withdrawals or money you take out of your business.
Finances

5 Things your Balance Sheet would tell you, if it could talk

Understanding 5 things your balance sheet would tell you if it could talk about your business is important for your success. You don’t have to be an accountant or super great with numbers to create one.  If you have accounting software, it’s prepared and updated automatically as you enter your daily information.  It just doesn’t …

Sales Tax is totally overwhelming and often confusing for handmade and/or creative business owner.  And it's little wonder -   few understand (or even want to think about) the impact that the Supreme Court ruling that went into effect June 21, 2018 had on every business that sells on the internet. Here's the DIRTY lowdown on Sales Tax and it's impact on your creative biz.
Taxes

Sales Tax-The DIRTY lowdown

Sales Tax-the DIRTY lowdown of how it impacts your handmade or creative business. Sales Tax is totally overwhelming and often confusing for handmade and/or creative business owners.  And it’s little wonder –   few understand (or even want to think about) the impact that the Supreme Court ruling that went into effect June 21, 2018 had …

First, let's look at a correctly formatted Profit & Loss (shown below) and then we'll do a deep dive into what goes where and the 7 things your report is trying to tell you and how you can use that information to make sound business decisions.
Bookkeeping Basics for your creative biz

7 things your Profit & Loss Report is trying to tell you

Did you know that your Profit & Loss Report is trying to tell you 7 key things about your handmade or creative business.  Do you know what they are and what it’s trying to tell you? Many business owner’s think that a Profit & Loss Report (or Income Statement) is just a bunch of numbers …

Bookkeeping & how to overcome your fear of numbers
Starting your handmade or creative business

Are you REALLY ready to run a handmade or creative biz?

Are you REALLY ready to run a handmade or creative biz?  Chances are you’ve read about how easy it is to become your own boss and have spent more hours than you care to admit fantasizing about becoming a handmade or creative biz owner – but, have you stopped to ask yourself if you’re REALLY …

When do I FINALLY get to pay myself from my handmade or creative biz? Good bookkeeping plays an important part in making this determination.
Bookkeeping Basics for your creative biz

When do I FINALLY get to pay myself?

When do I FINALLY get to pay myself?  That’s a question most handmade business owners often ask and one that I hear a lot. Yes, you’ve been working really hard on your handmade or creative biz, the money is starting to roll in, and YES, you deserve to pay yourself. BUT, before you can figure …

FREE bookkeeping & accounting checklist for handmade or creative business owners
Bookkeeping Basics for your creative biz

Bookkeeping & Accounting Task Checklist-Free Download

Need a bookkeeping & accounting task checklist for your handmade or creative biz?  Look no further – I’ve created a free one that you can download, WITHOUT giving up your name and email address or subscribing to my newsletter. Although I hope you will subscribe so you can take advantage of other freebies like this. …

A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.
Handmade or Creative Business Basics

Why you need a budget for your handmade or creative biz

Do you have a budget for your handmade or creative biz? Ya, I know, that’s kind of a personal question isn’t it?  Sorry if it’s a little too personal – but here’s why I’m asking……… We’re half way into the year {YIKES!} Are you on track to meet your goals? Are you hitting your financial …