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The Yarny Bookkeeper

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…….

Hi, I’m Nancy – thanks for stopping by!  As I said, this is NOT another site about how to sell your handmade items – there are tons of those here on the internet and I’m betting that you’ve probably visited a lot of them on your search for information and you are pretty overwhelmed at this point.

I’m also betting you’ve done a LOT of “Googling” for handmade business bookkeeping.  You’ve probably found a whole bunch of stuff that is outdated, general, or just isn’t what you need.  You may be feeling pretty frustrated over the amount of time you’ve wasted.

So, 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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FREE Project Cost and Pricing Worksheet

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My Handmade Biz-Business Planning, Working Backwards
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Increasing traffic, subscribers, and customers is how you grow your income to boost your bottom line.  We all know that.  But, where do these new subscribers and customers come from?  That’s the tough part.
My Handmade Biz-Business Planning, Increasing Traffic
March 16, 2020
Increasing traffic, subscribers, and customers is how you grow your income to boost your bottom line.  We all know that.  But, where do these new subscribers and customers come from?  That’s...

What people are saying about the Yarny Bookkeeper

Some interesting facts about bookkeeping for your handmade business

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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!