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The Yarny Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping tips for handmade & creative business owners.

Warning! This is NOT just another site about how to sell your handmade items.

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Did I catch your attention?  Great!  I know I only have seconds to capture and hold you attention before you make the decision that this site isn’t for you.  So, now that I have your attention…….

Let me tell you what this site IS all about………

It’s going to tell you about all the nitty gritty details that go on behind the scenes when you are thinking of starting a business AND then while you are actually running your business – that have absolutely NOTHING to do with actually selling your finished handmade items or designs. (more…)

Hi I'm Nancy Smyth aka the Yarny Bookkeeper. I'm a career bookkeeper and handmade business owner just like you.

Free and Paid Courses and Webinars

10 Things EVERY Handmade or Creative Business owner should know!
I’m betting that you’ve attended a bunch of webinars telling you just how easy it is to start and run a handmade business. Learn what other webinars aren’t telling you about what’s involved in starting/running a handmade business. Discover how the IRS views handmade businesses – so you can transition from a hobbyist to a professional business. Help you register your business and learn about various government agencies. Help you understand “accounting speak” in the business world. And most importantly, learn about the bookkeeping tasks you need to perform.
Free Webinar Recording
Thinking of ditching the spreadsheets and using software?
Have you been thinking of ditching the spreadsheets and using bookkeeping software (like QuickBooks)? This recorded webinar will compare both methods of keeping your books.
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How to design a bookkeeping system for your handmade or creative business
Tired of struggling with the bookkeeping for your business? Maybe you download one of the bazillion "free" bookkeeping spreadsheets you found on the web - and found it just did not meet your needs and you could not customize it or the formulas were incorrect. This course will teach you how to design a bookkeeping system for your business that you will actually use!
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FREE Project Cost and Pricing Worksheet

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Free Handmade Business Resource Library
Free Handmade Business Resource Library
August 5, 2020
A free handmade business resource library, containing all of the spreadsheet tools that I've shown in various posts here on the blog. A few weeks ago, someone (I'll call her Kim) sent me ...
Where do you turn when you have website problems?
Where do you turn when you have website problems?
July 29, 2020
Website problems can totally stress you out. One big issue is, where do you turn when you have problems with your site? When your website is the home of your online business there are ...
Let's talk about Income for your handmade or creative business
Let’s talk about Income
July 22, 2020
Basically, you have two types of income: Income from the goods and services that you sell directly to others, andMoney you receive from 3rd parties (ad revenue, commissions, etc.) It'...
8 Free Bookkeeping programs for creative business owners
8 Free Bookkeeping Programs for Creative Businesses
July 14, 2020
A list of 8 Free Bookkeeping & Accounting software programs that may be suitable for handmade or creative businesses. Choosing a bookkeeping program and developing a system for your han...
Sales & Use Tax
How To fill out a Sales & Use Tax Return
July 13, 2020
Learning how to fill out a Sales & Use Tax Return can be a challenge for a handmade or creative business owner, well actually any sort of business owner. The second quarter just ended o...
Do you use Canva?
Canva has a desktop app
July 9, 2020
I love Canva.  Did you know that Canva has a desktop app? Well, maybe you did.  I didn't.  But sometimes it takes me awhile to get around to finding out "all the things".  :oops: About...

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Have said "I need to get a better handle on all THIS bookkeeping stuff!
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You've called your CPA at least 10 times a day during tax season with questions
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You've shed this many tears in frustration while performing bookkeeping tasks
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Drank an unmentionable number of bottles of wine while trying to find all your receipts!