Enrollment is currently closed :-(

I'm so sorry, but enrollment is currently closed. I'll be opening the doors again right around the middle to end of June. In the meantime, here's information about the course. Be sure to join the mailing list to be notified when the doors open again.

Tired of struggling with the bookkeeping for your handmade or creative biz?

Of course you are, otherwise you wouldn't be here, right?

I totally get it!

Let me take a guess as to where you're at in this whole "bookkeeping" thing. I'm betting you've:

  • downloaded every free Excel based "bookkeeping" template known to man
  • bought some Excel based bookkeeping spreadsheets
  • agonized over the fact that the things you've tried just don't quite "cut it" for your biz
  • spent countless hours piecing together advice from blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts and online courses
  • gotten to the point where you are ready to give up in sheer FRUSTRATION!

Bookkeeping is tough ..... and running a handmade or creative biz is no small feat!

The problem?  

There is NO one bookkeeping system that is right for EVERY handmade or creative biz....

Each handmade or creative biz is unique.  What most creative businesses need is a bookkeeping system that is designed specifically to meet their needs and you just aren't going to get that with pre-formatted spreadsheets.

PLUS, spreadsheets ARE NOT a replacement for real bookkeeping software.  Sure, the savvy tech people and even a lot of CPA's will tell you that it can be done - but REALLY spreadsheets were never designed or intended to be or to replace real bookkeeping software.  Spreadsheets are easy to use (to a point) but they just too cumbersome and require you to update too many individual spreadsheets or tabs to use for a bookkeeping system.  Which translates in way to many errors and takes up way too much time.

I know.  Shocker.

Get your bookkeeping under control!

Learn how to handled the bookkeeping for your creative or handmade biz with confidence!

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Introducing.....

How to design a bookkeeping system for your handmade or creative business!

Bookkeeping is a necessary evil when you own a business - there's just no getting around it.

And we firmly believe that each creative or handmade business is unique.

When you have completed this course you will:

  • have a better understanding of bookkeeping & accounting requirements
  • understand accounting lingo (Chart of Accounts, Assets, Liabilities, Equity, Debits and credits, etc.)
  • determine if your bookkeeping needs are simple or complex
  • decide what you want and need to track (there is a difference)
  • understand the importance of tracking inventory and how to handle it
  • design an Excel based TRACKING system (if that's the way you really want to go) and learn how to use it
  • learn about various bookkeeping and accounting programs
  • choose a bookkeeping program
  • set up the bookkeeping program
  • use the bookkeeping program
  • record common and not so common bookkeeping transactions
  • use the information from your financials to make GOOD business decisions

We focus on YOU & YOUR biz

You know how some bookkeeping type courses seem to talk in general terms without offering any real "how-to's" or specifics for YOUR business, leaving you to put the pieces together?

Yeah, we don't believe in that type of educational philosophy around here.

We believe that each creative or handmade biz is unique - AND that there is no one size fits all bookkeeping system.

Sure, bookkeeping procedures are pretty much the same across the board - but let's face it, a maker is going to track different things than a pattern designer.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    WELCOME Section

    • Phone, Tablet or Computer?
    • WELCOME to the community
    • About this course
    • What you'll need for this course
    • A quick survey before we begin...
  • 2

    Before you get started

    • DON'T SKIP THIS!!!
    • How to use this course
    • Who is Nancy & WHY is she doing this?
  • 3

    Course Intro & Outline

    • Intro & Outline
  • 4

    Are your bookkeeping needs simple or complex?

    • Determining if your needs are simple or complex.
    • Answer these questions about your business
  • 5

    What do you WANT to track vs. What do you NEED to track?

    • Are you ready to start designing your bookkeeping system?
    • Assets
    • Assets Homework
    • Liabilities
    • Liabilities Homework
    • Equity
    • Income
    • Income Homework
    • Cost of Goods Sold
    • Cost of Goods Sold/Cost of Sales Homework
    • Overhead Expenses
    • Overhead Expenses Homework
    • Other Income & Expenses
    • Other Income & Expenses Homework
  • 6

    Inventory & YOUR biz

    • What's in your inventory?
    • Inventory Homework
    • How to use the Inventory Spreadsheet
  • 7

    Let's take a short break & do a quick review......

    • What we've done, what's next & and a confession........
  • 8

    Spreadsheets or Bookkeeping Software

    • Which should I choose?
  • 9

    VIDEO TRAINING: Customizing your spreadsheet system

    • Intro - Please don't skip this lesson!
    • How to format the spreadsheet to track your income
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Expenses & Cost of Goods Sold
    • How to format the spreadsheet for your Savings account
    • How to format the spreadsheet for your your cash on hand
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Accounts Receivable
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Asset purchases
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Accounts Payable
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Credit Card purchases
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Gift Certificates
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Sales Tax Payable
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Self-Employment Tax Payable
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking a Loan
    • How to format the spreadsheet for tracking Owner Investments & Draws
  • 10

    VIDEO TRAINING: Setting up your bookkeeping system using software

    • Intro to using software
    • An introduction to QuickBooks desktop
    • Creating your QuickBooks file using the EasyStep Interview
    • Completing your Chart of Accounts
    • Setting up your QuickBooks Preferences
    • Creating Items (including Items for tracking Inventory)
    • Vendor Setup-Who do you pay money to?
    • Setting up Sales Tax Tracking
    • Tracking revenue streams using Customers
  • 11

    More LIVE TRAINING! Entering common bookkeeping transactions

    • How the modules in this chapter work.
    • Entering Startup Costs
    • How to enter initial materials inventory
    • How to enter income
  • 12

    BONUS TRAINING!

    • Calculating business use of home

A direct line to your instructor (that's ME)

You know how when you take most courses or webinars - it's the old "once it's over - IT'S OVER" kind of deal?  Meaning you only have access to the instructor during the webinar - and if your questions aren't answered, oh well - too bad, so sad.

Others set up a membership site and you watch pre-recorded video's without EVER having access to the instructor.  Yeah, that doesn't cut it in my opinion.

I've set up a "secret" Facebook group just for this course, that you'll have LIFETIME access to.   Inside this group, you'll have direct access to me EVERY single day.

(Just a little hint - in my 30+ year long bookkeeping career I've worked with thousands of business owners and their bookkeepers and have taught them to successfully do their bookkeeping and project tracking.  I can help you do that too!)

Get your bookkeeping under control!

Save hours at tax time, maximize your business tax deductions.

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Top-of-the-line training

Without mentioning any names (wink*, wink*) I'm not into:

  • repurposing a bunch of content from the blog and calling it "an online course" - instead, I expand on what you find on the blog and personally help you apply it to your business
  • getting someone to write the content for me (while I take the credit)
  • getting someone to teach the content - who has no idea about what it takes to run a business

I personally plan, create, and host everything that you see on this website and everything you'll learn in this course.   This way you don't have to worry about receiving second-rate materials and information.  (That doesn't mean I'm perfect though!)

Is this course actually right for me though?

Well, let's see if I can answer that question for you......

This course IS for:

  • Makers (knitters, crocheters, jewelry makes, quilters, etc.)
  • Pattern designers
  • Yarn dyers
  • New handmade or creative business owners
  • Brick & mortar shops
  • Bloggers
  • etc.

This course is NOT for:

  • Complainers
  • Know-It-Alls
  • Negative Nellies
  • Anyone not willing to put in the effort
  • Those of you who detest change
  • Accounting professionals or those seeking to start a bookkeeping business

FAQ

  • How long will it take me to get results?

    Well, that depends on how much effort YOU put into this course. If you don't put in any effort - you won't see any results. Bookkeeping is a TOUGH process. And it is a process! Results don't happen overnight. And there is a LOT of prep work - especially if you want to use spreadsheets. It also depends on how complex your needs really are and what kind of detail you want to track. So, unfortunately, there is no real answer to that.

  • What if it doesn't work for me - can I get my money back?

    I'm here to help you every step of the way - from designing a spreadsheet system, to choosing a bookkeeping program, and showing your how to enter your transactions. Honestly, the only reason that I can think of as to why this course wouldn't work for you - is IF you don't put in the effort required to build and use your system. However, I will refund your money within 15 days, BUT I will ask that you show me your completed homework for as much of the course that you have completed – I won’t give you a refund if you haven’t done the work.

  • What makes this course different than others?

    Most courses that I've seen are taught by other handmade business owners who DO NOT have a bookkeeping or accounting background. This means that they are simply passing information that applies to THEIR business - and perhaps NOT YOURS. This also means that it may not be accurate as it is what THEY understood. On the other hand - I've been involved in bookkeeping for over 30 years, know how to enter the data, have set up bookkeeping systems for thousands of businesses, and made sure they knew how to use it. I also understand what the IRS and your tax preparer want to see.

  • What if I don't have much time?

    If you don't take action right now to solve the bookkeeping needs of your handmade or creative business.....Then when will you? I know the easiest answer is always going to be to put it off for another week, month, or even year....but do you really want to spend two to four weeks stressing to get things organized in order to file your taxes?

  • What if I'm terrible with numbers?

    Honestly, you don't need to be a math whiz to take this course. Many of the formula's that you'll need are simple. And as long as you can enter the numbers correctly (and put them in the right place) all you MIGHT need is a calculator.

  • I've tried other courses - how do I know that this one will work?

    I'm here to help you every step of the way - from designing a spreadsheet system, to choosing a bookkeeping program, and showing your how to enter your transactions. Honestly, the only reason that I can think of as to why this course wouldn't work for you - is IF you don't put in the effort required to build and use your system. However, I will refund your money within 15 days, BUT I will ask that you show me your completed homework for as much of the course that you have completed – I won’t give you a refund if you haven’t done the work.

  • Can I get a refund?

    Yes. I will refund your money within 15 days, BUT I will ask that you show me your completed homework for as much of the course that you have completed – I won’t give you a refund if you haven’t done the work.

  • I feel I don't have the money to invest in this course, why should I take it?

    That's definitely a legitimate question...BUT in reality the cost of this course is far less than the cost of hiring a CPA firm or outside bookkeeping service to do your bookkeeping for you OR correct the information that you give them. At that point, you're looking at spending $20 to $200 per HOUR. Knowing how to do your own bookkeeping (and how to do it correctly) will save you time, money and aggravation! Only YOU can decide if it's worth the investment.

  • Can't I find all this information for free on the internet?

    Of course you can.....If you do a Google search for "handmade business bookkeeping" (using the quote symbols) you'll be presented with 13,200 results and if you don't use the quotes ----well, it's an OVERWHELMING 1,620,00 results! The trouble with what you find is that it could be outdated, just plain WRONG and totally worthless! You'll have to sift through all that STUFF and piece it together. This course is totally different as you'll be walked through the necessary steps - bit by bit - so that YOU can design a system that fits the unique needs of your handmade or creative business.

Get your bookkeeping under control!

If your books aren't accurate or your CPA has to correct your records it COULD cost you $75 to $200 per hour...

GET NOTIFIED WHEN ENROLLMENT OPENS!