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The Yarny Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping tips for handmade & creative business owners - helping you learn to handle your bookkeeping with confidence! Bookkeeping and other "behind the scenes stuff" for your handmade or creative business

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

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.

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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New on the Blog

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...
30+ years as a business owner-5 Things I’ve learned
30+ years as a business owner-5 Things I’ve learned
July 7, 2020
Oh, the things I've learned being a business owner for 30+ years!  Many of those things would make you cringe, so I'll leave those out of this post.  I'm going to keep it to the 5 most impor...
How to use Evernote & Trello to get organized!
How to use Evernote & Trello to get organized!
July 6, 2020
Learn how to use Evernote & Trello to get organized! Join me on Tuesday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST as I stream live on my YouTube channel and in my Facebook group and I'll show you how ...
4th of July
4th of July
July 5, 2020
Happy 4th of July! {Today is Day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge - today's topic was to do a short 4th of July post} I was just going to do this little "Happy 4th of July - I'm taking...
Where do I want to go from here with YarnyBookkeeper.com?
Where do I want to go from here?
July 3, 2020
Where do I want to go from here with YarnyBookkeeper.com? I immediately had the lyrics to "Born to Be Wild" going through my head.... Get your motor runnin' Head out on the highway Loo...
A love of numbers
It started with a love of numbers
July 2, 2020
How (or maybe it should be WHY) does someone choose a career that revolves around numbers and bookkeeping? Day 2 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  Today's suggested topic is to let people ...

What people are saying about the Yarny Bookkeeper

Some interesting facts about bookkeeping for your handmade business

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