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
My Handmade Biz-Why track Cost of Goods Sold? It's important to know what it cost you to make an item so you can determine a good sales price.
Cost of Goods Sold, Inventory

My Handmade Biz-Why Track Cost of Goods Sold?

Why do I need to track Cost of Goods Sold and WHAT exactly is it? Understanding what Cost of Goods Sold is and WHY it’s important to track it is certainly a confusing thing for most handmade and creative business owners.  Let’s see if we can clear that up. Over the last couple of weeks …

Inventory

My Handmade Biz-What is Inventory?

INVENTORY – an accounting term and bookkeeping task that causes terror and total confusion in the hearts and minds of makers, designers, or anyone who owns a handmade or creative business. Let’s start with – Why is inventory important? Materials and supplies are probably the BIGGEST spending category many of us have in our handmade …

Feeling burnt out? Stop & take some time for you.
Work/Life Balance

Feeling burnt out? Stop & take some time for you

Are you feeling burnt out?  If so, it’s time to stop and take some time for you! WHEW, I don’t know about you, but the last 3 months have left me feeling pretty burnt out – leaving me feeling exhausted and having trouble concentrating. For many handmade and creative business owners, having our own business …

What are your goals for your handmade/creative biz in 2020??  You may think that’s a silly question, but with yearend quickly approaching it seems to be one that is being talked about – A LOT
Goal Setting

What are YOUR goals for your handmade/creative biz in 2020?

What are your goals for your handmade/creative biz in 2020??  You may think that’s a silly question, but with yearend quickly approaching it seems to be one that is being talked about – A LOT – in many of the Facebook groups that I belong to. Some popular goals for handmade/creative businesses that I’ve seen …

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 …