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How To Pay Yourself

How to Pay Yourself – {part 2: Methods & Mindset}

Last week I answered a question I get a lot - how do I pay myself? What's the right way to do it? If you missed that post, catch up here. That post was all about the rules & logistics of paying yourself as a sole proprietor, and how it affects your bookkeeping records and your taxes. Now that you're…

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How to Pay Yourself {Part 1: Logistics & Bookkeeping}

Today let's address a question I see quite often: How do I pay myself? As a shop owner who also happens to be an accountant, sometimes I lose touch of the questions my non-accountant friends have about running a biz. This one happens to be one of them, and it's high time we discuss it! I am breaking this discussion up into…

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Top 5 Financial Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make And How To Avoid Them

Five Financial Mistakes Etsy Sellers Make

Hola friend! I've been helping Etsy sellers and creative entrepreneurs get their finances in gear since 2015. So I've been around the block a few times. Today, I'd like to briefly walk through the top five financial mistakes I see Etsy shop owners making. Before I dive in, let me say there's no shame in setting up your shop without…

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Using Asana

Using Asana to Automate Your Bookkeeping

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I love this little productivity tool called ASANA. It's actually a pretty powerful tool and it's totally, completely FREE. Today I wanted to combine my love of Asana and bookkeeping and share an awesome trick with you - how you can use Asana to streamline and schedule your bookkeeping…

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Year End Inventory

Year End Inventory Workshop

Right around the end of the year, you may start hearing a lot about counting your inventory. Today I’m hosting an Inventory Crash Course Workshop, which is my fancy way of saying I filmed a video answering the big questions I see about year-end inventory. This is my attempt to explain inventory, cost of goods sold, and the dreaded year end count in…

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How To Catch Up On Your Bookkeeping

How to Catch Up on Your Bookkeeping – for Etsy Sellers

Note: This post (along with the free planning playbook ) has been updated for 2017! If you are feeling really behind and overwhelmed, make sure you get on the early bird list for the 2017 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp right here. It will be open to enrollment in mid-November and those on the wait list will get access to an exclusive…

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Pricing Handmade Goods – Re-examining Your Price Formula

So you try your hand at one of those suggested pricing formulas for your handmade goods, and the resulting price seems crazy high. Nobody's going to buy your product for that price! What's a handmade seller to do? This post is a continuation of our series on pricing handmade goods for Etsy shop owners and other creative entrepreneurs. Visit all…

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How To Price Handmade Goods - By Paper + Spark

Etsy Pricing Formula – How to Price for Handmade

Today we’re going to discuss how to price your handmade goods and my recommended "Etsy pricing formula". Pricing your handcrafted products or designs can be one of the most challenging tasks for a creative entrepreneur or artist (that's why I eventually created a spreadsheet that helps you do it!). You can have an awesome product, a cohesive brand, a great webpage…you…

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When To Worry About Taxes For Your Etsy Shop

When do I need to worry about taxes for my shop? {The hobby vs. business myth}

All information on this site is provided for general education purposes only and may not reflect changes in federal or state laws. It is not intended to be relied upon as legal, accounting, or tax advice. Please read my full disclaimer regarding this topic. Alright friends. Today I'm going to talk about something serious. Something that keeps rearing it's ugly head around the internet, basically…

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EIN Vs Sales Tax ID

What is my tax ID number? EIN vs. Sales Tax ID

For this Creative Accounting post, I'm going to discuss something I've seen lots of confusion about on the Etsy forums and out on the inter webs - your tax ID number...and what exactly it is. Going into business and being a small biz owner opens up the door to a whole new confusing world. There are taxes. There are forms. To…

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