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About the Yarny Bookkeeper

I’m here to help you learn to handle the bookkeeping tasks for your handmade or creative business with confidence!

Hi, I’m Nancy Smyth, the face behind the Yarny Bookkeeper.  As a career bookkeeper, I’ve been helping business owners learn about bookkeeping tasks and how to handle them for more than 30 years.

I’m also a handmade business owner, just like you.

Hi I'm Nancy Smyth aka the Yarny Bookkeeper. I'm a career bookkeeper and handmade business owner just like you.In 2016, when I started my handmade business (Fanciful Things, LLC), I joined several membership groups that focused on starting a yarn related business.  I soon realized that no one was talking about the important aspects of running a business.  Things like:

  • How the IRS views handmade businesses,
  • What you have to track to PROVE you are a professional business
  • Business structures
  • Employer Identification Numbers (EIN’s)
  • State and/or Local Business Licenses, Permits and Taxes
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting terms
  • Bookkeeping in general
  • Etc.

Most of the information you find on the internet about starting a handmade business focuses on selling your handmade items with little information on the behind the scenes tasks involved in actually starting and running a business – which can be totally overwhelming!

And few were talking about bookkeeping for a handmade or creative business.  Sure, there is a ton of very general bookkeeping advice out there – but not much in the way of bookkeeping tips for the handmade industry.

As a career bookkeeper, small business owner (where I write software and teach people how to use QuickBooks by day), and a handmade business owner my goal is to help other handmade business owners learn to handle their bookkeeping and other behind the scenes stuff with confidence!

So, how can I help you?

Here’s a comment a reader left on my Facebook page:

I love Nancy! She is so knowledgeable! And it’s all tailored towards a handmade business. If you have ever attempted to research bookkeeping, it’s more general or for other industries. The fiber and handmade business has a lot more small parts to account for, and Nancy is always offering relevant information. Because I keep up with her blog posts, I am actually tracking my crochet business expenses monthly, if not biweekly. I feel that I have a much better understanding of what’s coming and going, as well as an overview of the year so far. Thank you Nancy!

What I do is simple – I teach handmade business owners, without using accounting speak, how to understand many of the behind the scenes tasks involved in setting up and running a business.

My super power (if you want to call it that) ……… is knowing that handmade business owners can learn to handle their bookkeeping tasks with confidence – they just need someone to speak their language!


Until next time, your in yarn & numbers. Nancy Smyth, the YarnyBookkeeper

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