Time tracking-Why it's important to keep track of the time you spend for your handmade or creative biz

Time tracking-Why it’s important to keep detailed records

Time tracking, the art of keeping detailed records of the amount of time you spend on EVERYTHING you do in your business. As handmade or creative business owners we tend to think that time tracking is only important when we are working on a project.  That’s just not true. Time tracking is important and we …

Bookkeeping & how to overcome your fear of numbers

Bookkeeping & how to overcome your fear of numbers

Keeping on track of your numbers (finances) determines your success or failure.  If you are constantly avoiding your bookkeeping you’ll never get a handle on your financial numbers. Bookkeeping & how to overcome your fear of numbers Bookkeeping & how to overcome your fear of numbers is this weeks topic, because I hear things like …

It's tough to go digital in the paper world of a handmade business owner

Tools & Tips for going digital in a paper world

Tools, Apps & Tips for going digital in a paper world is our topic this week.  Going digital in a paper world can create quite a few stumbling blocks – change can be difficult and you do need to be organized! Sometimes the stumbling blocks happen because we just can’t wrap our heads around the …

Internet safety-Protect yourself & your information. Don't reuse passwords!

Internet Safety-Protect yourself and your information

Internet safety is often overlooked, you need to protect yourself and your information in this online world that we live in. The internet is a wonderful thing – it puts a ton of information at our fingertips and allows us to come into contact with people from all over the world.  We’re no longer limited …

7 things I use spreadsheets for

7 things I use spreadsheets for

Spreadsheets – I really do love them and I use them for a LOT of behind the scenes things in both my handmade business and here on yarnybookkeeper.com.  Spreadsheets are versatile and there are lot of different ways that they can be used without the huge learning curve of creating mathematical formulas, macro’s, pivot tables, …

CPA, tax professional, business advisor, accountant, bookkeeper

Tax Preparers, Business Advisors, Accountants & Bookkeepers

Tax preparer, business advisor, accountants and bookkeepers are all terms that you’ll hear in the business world.  These terms are quite confusing to any business owner – not just a creative or handmade business owner.  In this article I’ll provide you with information about each of these professionals and what they do. The term “Tax …

Tips for tracking income & expenses by venue

Tips for Tracking Income & Expenses by venue

Tracking income and expenses by venue or customer and the various jobs/projects you do for them is something every handmade business owner will want or need to do at some point.  After all, we want to know which craft fair we spent the most money on and the amount of money that we made from …

best laid plans go down the drain

Best laid plans often go down the drain

Sometimes our best laid plans often go down the drain.  That’s what happened to me this week.  Like many of you I have a a demanding “other” job and sometimes that interfere’s with EVERYTHING and my plans just go down the drain. If you have a job in addition to your handmade business or if …

How to calculate business use of home

Calculating Business Use of Home Costs for Finished Items

Calculating business use of home costs so that we can add that amount into the final cost of our finished items is important – but also very tricky.  Many handmade business owners (including myself) sort of work all over the house.   The IRS has some pretty specific rules for taking a business use of home …

3 methods for tracking costs of little parts & pieces

Tracking Costs of Little Parts & Pieces

Tracking costs of little parts and pieces that go into your final finished handmade creations can be totally mind boggling!  Here are some tips which we talked about in a live Facebook video this past week. If you are a yarn dyer you have the cost of baking soda, crochet thread, guar gum, litmus test …

Does tracking the cost of your handmade items have you frazzled?

Tracking Costs of Handmade Items Got You Frazzled?

Is tracking the cost of your handmade items have you frazzled?  Need a solution?  I have one for you – a FREE Project Pricing Worksheet. As handmade business owners tracking the costs of our finished items is every bit as important as keeping tack of ALL the costs to run our business. Do you: rely …