Welcome to the Yarny Bookkeeper
Welcome to the Yarny Bookkeeper
So you want to start a handmade business
So you want to start a handmade business
Webinars & Courses
Webinars & Courses
set aside your self-employment taxes

Self-employment taxes & your handmade business

Self-employment taxes are your responsibility when you have a handmade business.  When you are self-employed, you are responsible for paying your own Federal Income Tax, State Income Tax, Self-employment tax (Social Security and Medicare), and perhaps even additional city or local taxes.  You don’t have a choice and you can’t choose when you start contributing …

Join our productivity challenge
Business Basics

Join us for a Productivity Challenge!

Productivity is a challenge for handmade business owners!  And I’m inviting you to join our Productivity Challenge in our Facebook group! Every Monday in our Facebook group the theme is Manage “IT” Monday, now the “IT” is whatever task or tasks you have that have been sitting on your back burner that you’ve been ignoring for …

Sales Tax, Economic Nexus & your handmade business

Sales Tax, Economic Nexus & Your handmade business

Sales tax laws are changing quickly – and as a handmade business owner you need to know the rules about economic nexus and be prepared! You may have heard or read about South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. and sort of just dismissed it for any number of reasons – but it is a really big deal.  Under this …

Sales Tax can now be required to be collected for each state

Sales Tax, the Supreme Court Decision & your handmade business

Sales Tax tracking could (and probably will) get way more complicated for your handmade business.  On Thursday June 21, 2018 the Supreme Court passed a law in which every state who has not already done so may now pass laws requiring all online retailers to collect sales tax and remit it to the state where the customer …

Email Etiquette - Be Concise & Professional
Business Basics

Email Etiquette – Be Concise & Professional

Another important aspect of email etiquette is to be concise and professional. Stop and think about a paper document, where it is absolutely essential to make everything completely clear, because your audience will not have a chance to ask for clarification.  With email, text and even Facebook posts, your recipient can ask questions immediately.  Like …

Email Etiquette - Making a GOOD first impression
Business Basics

Email Etiquette-Making a GOOD First Impression

Email etiquette and making a GOOD first impression are so important for your handmade business. Let’s start by comparing the various ways that we initially meet our potential customers. Making a good first impression in a traditional meeting: Let’s say you are exhibiting at a craft fair, people are coming into your booth space and …

email etiquette
Business Basics

Email Etiquette Basics – Why it’s important

Let’s start with email etiquette basics and why it’s important in your handmade business. It’s amazing to find in this day of technology and it’s high reliance on email and text messaging as a standard means of communication that some businesses still do not realize just how important their communications are. In the business world …

Email etiquette
Business Basics

Email Etiquette & Your Handmade Business

Email etiquette in your handmade business is SO important!  Whether you love or hate email it’s here to stay – we can’t avoid it – but there is a lot to email etiquette that people just don’t seem to stop and think about. Now, I’m not talking about the email newsletter subscriptions that you’ve signed …

10 Things EVERY handmade business owner should know!-Webinar replay
Starting your handmade business

10 Things EVERY handmade business owner should know!-Webinar Replay

10 things EVERY handmade & creative business owner should know!  Here are the 10 things we’ll be talking about: 8 Things other webinars aren’t telling you!  Sure, you’ve attended other webinars – but did your hosts tell you about these 8 things that aren’t glamorous? How does the IRS view handmade businesses?  Hobby vs. business – learn …

Handmade business OVERWHELM!
Business Basics, Starting your handmade business

Handmade business OVERWHELM

Handmade business OVERWHELM!  A topic that few people discuss, mainly because everyone seems to want to lead you to believe that running a handmade business is EASY – and they focus on the glamour of owning and running your own business. Well, I’m different – I’m brutally honest.  Owning a handmade business isn’t for the …

Tips for tracking income & expenses by venue
Behind the scenes in your handmade biz, Bookkeeping Basics

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 …