baby steps to get your books in gear without the stress
As the end of the year approaches, are you getting stressed about how far behind you are with your business bookkeeping? Not looking forward to playing "catch up" for tax time?
Did you procrastinate dealing with your shop's finances until the last minute? Anxious about how to go about compiling an entire YEAR'S worth of transactions right before your tax return is due?
I'm a maker too, so I completely understand how easy it is to get caught up in the creative process of creating, designing, listing, filling orders, and shipping.
It is all too easy to let those admin tasks (like doing your books!) slide as the months go by. "I'll get to that later when I have time," we say.
Then, April gets here and suddenly you're scrambling... attemping to enter an entire year's worth of sales and expenses in a week to get your taxes done on time.
As a Certified Public Accountant and the founder of Paper + Spark, I've got the perfect solution for you if you're behind on your bookkeeping - the 2018 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp, especially for Etsy sellers. It's the next best thing to having an accountant there with you helping you log your transactions.
"Absolutely loved this course. It helped me complete my 2017 taxes, in a manageable way, and helped me get set up for 2018. I’m three months in and totally on track to have a easy tax season next year!"
"I am not sure I would continue to run my little Etsy shop without Boot Camp. I was paralyzed with worry over tax preparation. Now I feel prepared to do the work...it will be slow and tedious but I know I can do it."
"This course is amazing!!! First year living in the US and doing taxes for my Etsy shop. I had postponed the whole year learning what I needed to do to be ready for tax time and when I had almost no time left I found these resources! I finished it in about a week because I was entirely dedicated to it. The small steps made me feel like I was going somewhere and not overwhelmed by the amount of tasks that needed to be done. Definitely will be purchasing more of the spreadsheets - like inventory and COGS-. Looking forward to being disciplined about bookkeeping my expenses, sales, etc throughout the whole year. Thank you so much Janet!
What's done is done, my friend. Good news - there's still a way to get caught up WITHOUT going cray cray.
What if you could break up the bulk of updating a whole year's worth of financial transactions into small, doable tasks? What if you had an accountant friend who would guide you through a checklist made especially for you, so you knew exactly what you needed to do to get it done? What if you had a handy guide that told you exactly where to find the data you needed to update your finances quickly and effortlessly?
With the Bootcamp, you'll do just a little bit of work during each lesson. You'll stay motivated rather than overwhelmed. Each lesson requires you to complete some task - like enter a certain bit of data in your spreadsheet, pull reports from Etsy, organize paperwork, etc.
The end result will be a polished spreadsheet with exactly the total sales and expense info you need in order to know how your business performed financially in 2018, along with just about everything you need to complete your business' tax forms.
If you procrastinated this year when it came to your bookkeeping and you're ready to play catch up - let's get started! In this course, I will guide you through the steps to get your books updated day by day. The course walks you through:
I explain every step and all the important accounting concepts as we go. My purpose is NOT just to tell you what to do to update your books, but to actually explain what you're doing - so that you have the confidence to deal with your money on your own!
Time is of the essence when you're working under the pressure of a tax deadline - so everything in this course is designed to be to the point, actionable, and purposeful. There's no fluff here - just solid, doable content.
My bestselling five-star bookkeeping template and your new BFF
Created specifically for helping you get your year-end numbers for inventory & cost of goods sold
So you can antcipate every step of the process and stay on task with getting caught up
Learn by seeing the work in action
In plain English explanations and guidance for each step of the process
Taking you from blank to complete in baby steps via written content + video tutorials
A dedicated place to ask questions about content as you go
Pride and a sense of accomplishment on finally doing what you've been putting off all year!
Complete & accurate 2018 financial records for your business
Readiness to DIY your taxes or hand over your documentation to your trusty tax preparer
The Bootcamp will work for you if:
The Bootcamp is not for you if:
For more questions about whether the Bootcamp is right for YOU, make sure to check out the FAQ section at the bottom.
You can totally go from blank to complete by yourself. Hodge-podge together answers from Facebook & Google that may or may not be correct. Sift through sometimes confusing info and try to figure out your sales reports on your own. Hopefully NOT fall back into your old procrastinating habits...
- OR -
You can work through a clearly outlined program with a blueprint to plan out how much work you need to do over time to get done by the tax deadline. You can feel GOOD about relying on a one-stop resource crafted by a CPA especially for handmade sellers. You can have a trusted expert to turn to for questions as you go. Get the work DONE.
The full content of the course (all 12 lessons) is available to you immediately after enrollment.
You can complete this course from your couch or your home office - anywhere you have access to WiFi.
The goal is to have your books done for tax time, so we suggest you plan to finish the course by early April (your tax return is due around April 15th!). We recommend getting started in early January and completing one or two lessons per week, but the pace is up to you.
You have access to the course content until May 1, 2019. That's two weeks after the tax deadline has passed!
Just click the pink chat button in the bottom right of your screen to send me a Facebook message, OR send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll send you a special coupon code since you've already bought the spreadsheet included in this course!
Please make sure to include your original purchase email address so I can verify your purchase.
Hey - no shame if you need some help again this year! There's lots of new and improved content in 2018, not to mention the same old trusty help you may need again!
I've got an exclusive 40% off coupon code if you want to be a part of the Bootcamp in year #3! Just click the pink chat button in the bottom right of your screen to send me a Facebook message, or email me at email@example.com for your code, and make sure to let me know your original purchase email address.
Who is the Bootcamp for?
This bootcamp was created for Etsy shop owners who have fallen behind on their 2018 bookkeeping. The course is beneficial whether you sell physical goods, digital goods, services, handmade items, vintage items, or supplies. It applies to both new sellers and experienced ones - all that matters is that you need help catching up on entering your financial data for the year.
Is this course only for Etsy sellers?
The bootcamp was designed specifically with Etsy sellers in mind, and the first few lessons focus on how to import your fees and sales from Etsy's interface. That being said, non-Etsy sellers who sell physical or digital products online, especially makers and crafters, can still benefit from this course. Most of the lessons apply to most online businesses who sell physical or digital goods. Lessons cover how to find sales & fee info in PayPal, Stripe, and WooCommerce, as well as how to enter transactions from your business bank account.
I have had many non-Etsy sellers who need help catching up enroll, but it's important to me that you do understand there is Etsy-centric content in this course.
Is the Bootcamp only for US sellers?
The purpose of the Bootcamp is to help you get your financial books caught up at the end of the year. The work will benefit any seller that's behind on their books. That being said, there are lessons that cover US-based tax requirements. These concepts may or may not be transferable to sellers in other countries.
When does the Bootcamp begin and end?
All course content is available as soon as you complete your purchase. You will work at your own pace to complete the course before your taxes are due. The content will remain published until May 1, so you have plenty of time to get your bookkeeping done by the tax deadline. After May 1, the content will be locked away until next year. If you plan to file an extension, please plan accordingly to get the most out of the course.
What if I've already purchased one of your Paper + Spark spreadsheets? Can I get a discount?
The course includes the 2018 Etsy Seller Spreadsheet in its price. If you've previously purchased the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet from Paper + Spark, then you are eligible for a discount off the bootcamp's price. You can send me a FB message to receive the code by clicking the pink chat button at the bottom right of your screen, or email me your receipt for the discount code - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you've purchased another one of my spreadsheets, like the PayPal Seller Spreadsheet or the Inventory Cost & Pricing spreadsheet, then you are not eligible for the discount - sorry! I still love you.
Does my Bootcamp enrollment include the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet for 2019 or any other years?
Your enollment includes access to the 2018 file of the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet. If you'd like to continue using the spreadsheet in future years (you are gonna love it so you likely will!), I offer a hefty discount code to purchase it for all future years at the end of the course.
What if I was a Bootcamp student in 2016 or 2017?
Welcome back! You are welcome to enroll in this year's Bootcamp for 40% off. You can send me a FB message to receive the code by clicking the pink chat button at the bottom right of your screen, or email me at email@example.com for your exclusive code.
What if I'm eligible for multiple discounts?
You an only use one coupon code at checkout on Thinkific. So if you are eligible for multiple discounts, I suggest you use the one that will save you the most!
How does this course work? How much time will it take me to complete it?
The course includes 12 lessons that are designed to be worked through at your own pace. Each lesson may include text, downloadable PDF worksheets or checklists, or video tutorials. Two main spreadsheets are included - the 2018 Etsy Seller Spreadsheet, where the majority of your work will be done, and a special inventory worksheet created especially to help you count your inventory, calculate your purchases and ending inventory.
The course material itself is a mostly tutorials on how to do each step of updating your books, with a little bit of accounting and tax education thrown in to help you get a clear understanding of what you're actually doing. Each lesson can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours - it really just depends on how far behind you are and how many transactions you have to enter during a certain module.
Since the goal is to have your books completed for tax purposes, I suggest you plan to finish the course no later than early April, since your tax return is likely due April 15th, 2019. I suggest getting started after the holidays are over, and completing one or two lessons per week.
For this reason, I shut down enrollment in late February every year. I want every student to have enough time to complete the course.
Will you be there to answer questions about the material?
Yes. There are discussion forums built in to each lesson of the course that I continuously monitor. I will answer any questions about the material or your coursework here in a timely manner so you can keep working!
Will the Bootcamp be open throughout the year?
No. I plan to close enrollment for the bootcamp in late February. This maintains the integrity of the course and gives all enrolled students enough time to complete the course well ahead of the tax deadline. The content will remain published until May 1 for all enrolled students. Remember, the bootcamp was designed with a very specific goal in mind - to catch up on your 2018 financials!
Do you have captions on your videos?
Yes! All of my videos include closed captions.
What's your refund policy?
I firmly stand behind the content of the Bootcamp and I want you to be satisfied with your investment. If you enroll in the Bootcamp and feel like it's not a good fit for you, I will offer a refund - minus the $40 cost of the included Etsy Seller Spreadsheet - within 14 days of enrollment. I do not offer refunds on the spreadsheet portion of the course.
Hi! I’m Janet. Maker, Certified Public Accountant and mama extraordinaire. I’m also the founder of Paper + Spark, the go-to resource for makers and creative business owners who are ready to take control of their biz finances and bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life with more confidence and clarity.
Since I started selling jewelry on Etsy way back in 2011, my own entrepreneurial journey has connected me with hundreds of other creatives struggling to get their shops off the ground. As an accountant, I started sharing my knowledge about small biz taxes and finances with other shop owners. I quickly became passionate about educating my fellow sellers. Confusion about money should NEVER be something that holds your business back!
Inerly 2016, I surveyed my target audience to figure out what they needed the most help with when it comes to their business finances. I wasn't sure what to expect - would it be sales taxes? Choosing the right business entity? Filling out their Schedule C?
Surprisingly, the overwhelming response was that most people needed help with simply setting aside the time to consistently deal with their money. The information and tools they needed to do their accounting were readily available - they just weren't doing it. They kept putting off the work until it became such a huge task that they just never wanted to do it. Sound familiar?
That's why I created the Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp. You may (or may not!) already have the tools or knowledge you need to do your bookkeeping, but you just aren't setting aside the time to create a habit of consistently DOING it. This course forces you to buckle down, get motivated, and get your books in gear. Not only that, but we'll do it in the least stressful and most realistic way possible.