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/Creative Biz-Creating an Expense Budget. An expense budget helps you to keep track of your monthly fixed costs - the money you need to pay out EVEN if you have NO income.
Budgets, Goal Setting, Spreadsheets for your creative biz

My Creative Biz-Creating an Expense Budget

Creating an expense budget for your creative or handmade business helps you not only make the dollars you spend work for you, but also prevents your dollars from flying out the door!  It also provides you with the amount of your fixed costs that you need to pay each month or year – even IF …

Creating a Revenue Budget is the first step in your overall budget process. It helps you to determine your revenue goals.
Budgets, Goal Setting

Your Creative Biz-Creating a Revenue Budget

Creating a budget for your handmade or creative biz isn’t all that hard – but it does take time! Last week we talked about how a budget: is more than just saying “NO” to buying that wonderful soft, squish yarn that was on sale (when you already have close to $2,000.00 worth of yarn in …

A budget makes your money work for you. The money you make from selling your patterns or finished items has a purpose. Those dollars have a job to do
Budgets

Your Creative Biz-An Intro to Budgets

Does your handmade or creative biz need a budget? Maybe you just finished up your bookkeeping for last year, looked at your numbers, and were appalled at the amount of money you spent in certain categories – Inventory perhaps? Maybe, you looked at your ending inventory balance, discovered it was close to $2,000.00!  Did you …

[My Handmade Biz] When does Inventory & COGS hit my bookkeeping? Sometimes it can be 2 or 3 years before you sell an item and get to recognize the COGS. This is why keeping detailed records is important.
Cost of Goods Sold, Inventory

My Handmade Biz-When does Inventory & COGS hit my bookkeeping?

I bet you’re wondering, WHEN does Inventory & COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) hit my bookkeeping?  More specifically when do project costs appear on your Profit & Loss Report under Cost of Goods Sold (if you want to go all accounting speak) and then what about my tax return? If you’ve been following along this …

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 …