Welcome to Paper + Spark

Hi, I’m Janet!

I am a CPA, financial educator, AND maker passionate about helping YOU get clear on your financial responsibilities. I know you’re excited about working for yourself and running your creative biz. I also know that sometimes it can feel overwhelming figuring the money side of things out on your own.

That’s exactly why I started Paper + Spark in 2014 – to bring you in-plain-English resources about the biz side of running your biz. Confusion about the financial side of running your shop should NOT be something that holds you back from achieving your entrepreneurial dreams.

Welcome to Paper + Spark

Janet Leblanc of Paper+Spark

Agree? Great! Let’s get going! You got this!

I’ve designed unique tools & resources to give you the knowledge you need to confidently understand how to run a profitable shop.

Resources to Get Started

Janet training a small business owner


One of the hardest things about setting up a new online shop is that you don’t know what you don’t know. What steps do you need to take to get legit? Which rules apply to you and which ones do not? Are you supposed to register as business yet?

I get it. If you need help getting your financial ducks in a row, download the simple two-page get legit checklist here. This baby is a step-by-step list of exactly what you need to do to get your financial foundation set up correctly.


Want an easy peasy lemon breezy introduction to the top 5 financial topics you need to know about as a biz owner? Subscribe to my free 5-day email series, CFO 101. Each day you’ll get one super educational email. By the end of the week you’ll feel a lot better about dealing with your shop’s finances.
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Trainings + Downloads

Laptop showing video of the tax workshop webinar


If you’re just getting started (or if you’ve been selling for a while but haven’t gotten your financial ducks in a row just yet), start with this free 45-minute workshop answering all your biggest financial questions.

After this workshop, you’ll understand if you’re a hobby or truly a business, and what that means when it comes to your tax responsibilities.


Paper + Spark has lovingly designed bookkeeping templates just for you! All my bookkeeping, inventory, and pricing spreadsheets import directly from sales platforms like Etsy, Shopify, and more. Each spreadsheet comes with step-by-step video instructions so you can SEE how the work is done.

If you’re ready to feel confident about your money, grab your bookkeeping bundle today!

Computer with a Paper + Spark Spreadsheet open
The Spark Sop from Paper + Spark

#3 Ready to scale your shop for profit?

Check out our quick win trainings, tutorials, and templates in the Spark Shop. These resources are designed to help ecomm sellers get fast results.

Whether you need to set up your shop’s abandoned cart campaign, get started with retargeting ads, or more – we’ve got easy-to-digest and even easier-to-implement resources for you here.


I’ve got a library full of informative + in plain English guides on financial topics that I see a lot of makers struggle with…things like sales tax, inventory, and much more.

If you’re ready to get educated on the basics, check out our newbie guides here.

Quick Win Courses

Asana for Makers from Paper + Spark
How to Price Digital Products from Paper + Spark
Shop Sales Amplifier from Paper + Spark

Products for Newbies

The Etsy Seller Spreadsheet from Paper + Spark
Build Your Own Spreadsheet Bundle from Paper + Spark
The Get Legit Toolkit from Paper + Spark

My Favorite Products

The Email Marketing Bundle from Paper + Spark
The Goal Getting Guidebook from Paper + Spark
Asana for Makers from Paper + Spark

Most Popular Products

The Etsy Seller Spreadsheet from Paper + Spark
Handmade Inventory Spreadsheet from Paper + Spark
The Goal Getting Guidebook from  Paper + Spark

There you go – the best of Paper + Spark in a nutshell. I encourage you to spend an afternoon poking around the site. Read about the topics you have questions about. Download a free checklist or cheat sheet to help you out. Explore the shop and upgrade your bookkeeping skills. Let me know how I can help you!