The 2023 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp

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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?

Let me tell you three things:

1. It's gonna be okay.

2. You totally are not alone.

3. I can help!

You did great this year! You just need a little help with those books.

As a maker myself, I completely understand how easy it is to get caught up in the creative process of creating, designing, listing, filling orders, and shipping. You're a maker & you made some awesome goods in 2023 - you just may have let the admin side of things slide.

April gets here and suddenly you're scrambling... attempting to enter an entire year's worth of sales and expenses in a week to get your taxes done on time.  

As an accountant and the founder of Paper + Spark, I've got the perfect solution for you if you're behind on your bookkeeping - the 2023 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp, especially for Etsy and Shopify sellers! It's the next best thing to having an accountant there with you helping you log your transactions.  

The Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp is designed specifically to help you catch up on your 2023 finances in the least stressful way possible. I've broken down everything you need to do to update your books for the entire year in tiny, itty bitty, doable steps that are actually realistic and not overwhelming.

Relief from last year's students...

"I am so happy I was able to take part in this course. I admit, that I didn't know what to expect from it because I watched all the Paper and Spark YouTube videos over and over again so what more would I need?! There was SO much information here in this course that I will take with me throughout my journey as a small business owner and to avoid NOT cramming my book keeping in last minute. Thank you Janet. Not sure what I would do without you. Lol."

"It was excellent. Well prepared, well written, layout was simple and effective. It completely broke down a vast and comprehensive topic and made it incredibly accessible and easy to manage AND understand. I'm thrilled with it. Thank you very much!"

"If you're anything like me, the words "bookkeeping" and "taxes" make your palms sweat a little. But, after going through the Bitesize Bootcamp, I feel so much more confident! The material was broken down into very manageable steps and any time I had follow-up questions, Janet was very responsive. It was like having a CPA in my back pocket. Every Etsy seller needs this fantastic course!"

"This course took me from "I have no idea where to start" to "I'm ready to hand it all over to my accountant" in just a couple of weeks of working on it each day! Having the ability to post questions at the end of each lesson really helped lessen any overwhelm and kept me on track."

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So you procrastinated a bit. It's okay! 

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 or Shopify, 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 2023, along with just about everything you need to complete your business' tax forms.

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What does the 2023 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp offer?

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:

  • Quickly importing your sales, fees, refunds, and expenses directly from Etsy or Shopify
  • Entering your sales & fees from other sources, like PayPal and Stripe
  • Compiling & organizing your expenses in such a way to make entering them as painless as possible
  • Entering your expense transactions in manageable chunks of time
  • Dealing with inventory & supplies for cost of goods sold purposes
  • Catching up on your year-end count for inventory
  • Creating the final documentation and paper trail you need for doing your taxes or handing over to your accountant

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.  

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New for 2023 - Choose Etsy and/or Shopify!

Since 2016, the Bootcamp has specialized in helping Etsy sellers get caught up on their books. As such, it includes the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet.

Due to demand, I've finally created a Shopify version of the Bootcamp! This includes the Shopify Seller Spreadsheet.

At checkout, you'll have the choice to enroll in one of the three options:

1️⃣ the Etsy Bootcamp for $199, which includes the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet

2️⃣ the Shopify Bootcamp for $199, which includes the Shopify Seller Spreadsheet, or

3️⃣ the Etsy + Shopify Bootcamp for $229, which includes the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet and the Shopify import add on, with step by step instructions for both revenue streams

I'm ready to breathe easy ASAP! Join the Bootcamp.

Enrollment ends at the end of February (but you still have access to work through the Bootcamp until May 1!).


What's included in the 2023 Bite-Sized Bookkeeping Bootcamp?

the Etsy or Shopify Seller Spreadsheet

Lifetime access to my bestselling five-star bookkeeping template and your new BFF (you can use this in future years too!)

Inventory & supplies worksheet

Created specifically for helping you get your year-end numbers for inventory & cost of goods sold

Printable PDF checklists 

So you can antcipate every step of the process and stay on task with getting caught up

Closed- caption video tutorials

Learn by seeing the work in action

Written guides

In plain English explanations and guidance for each step of the process 

12 modules 

Taking you from blank to complete in baby steps via written content + video tutorials

Discussion forums

A dedicated place to ask questions about content as you go

It's as close as you can get to having an accountant there with you, holding your hand, guiding you through the process of doing your bookkeeping work.  

What will you have when you're done?

Pride and a sense of accomplishment on finally doing what you've been putting off all year!

Complete & accurate 2023 financial records for your business

Readiness to DIY your taxes or hand over your documentation to your trusty tax preparer

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Is the Bootcamp a good fit for you?

The Bootcamp will work for you if:

  • You sell on Etsy or Shopify and other places too, like craft shows, Amazon, or social media (we cover how to enter sales from non-Etsy & Shopify sources!)
  • You sell physical goods, digital goods, services, or anything in-between
  • You sell handmade items, vintage goods, or supplies
  • You've been selling for years and you're behind on your 2023 books
  • You opened up shop anytime in 2023
  • You haven't done ANY financial work for 2023
  • You've done some bookkeeping work for the year, but you fell behind
  • Your books are mostly up-to-date for 2023, but you need help making sure you've got everything covered & done correctly for tax time

The Bootcamp is not for you if:

  • You aren't ready to DO THE WORK. I'm going to take you from completely behind to completely done as quickly as possible, but I can't do the actual work for you. It's going to require WORK, dedication, and time on your part!
  • You want to cut corners or fly under the radar.
  • You plan to file an extension next year and will not do ANY work prior to April 15th.

For more questions about whether the Bootcamp is right for YOU, make sure to check out the FAQ section at the bottom.

You've gotta get your books done for taxes - no choice there. The only question is - do you wanna do it alone, or do you want some help?

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.

What's the best use of YOUR time, money, and energy? 

Stop struggling and stop procrastinating! You don't have to do it alone.

Work on your own schedule + get started right away

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, 2023. That's two weeks after the tax deadline has passed!

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Do you already own the Etsy or Shopify Seller Spreadsheet?

Log into your account at and click on Spreadsheets > Etsy (or Shopify) Seller Spreadsheet inside your account. You'll find your exclusive discount code to save $50 on the BBB. Alternatively, click the pink chat button in the bottom right of your screen to send me a Facebook message, OR send us an email at 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 we can verify your purchase.

Are you a returning Bootcamp student?

Hey - no shame if you need some help again this year! There's new and improved content in 2023, 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 #7! Just click the pink chat button in the bottom right of your screen to send me a Facebook message, or email us at for your code, and make sure to let me know your original purchase email address.  

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Got questions?

Who is the Bootcamp for?

This bootcamp was originally created for Etsy shop owners who have fallen behind on their 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.  

New for 2023, I've created a version of the Bootcamp especially for Shopify sellers. This version includes the Shopify Seller Spreadsheet instead, and obviously - it walks you through how to import your sales & fees info from Shopify.

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.

There's now a Shopify version of the Bootcamp. The first few lessons are specific to importing sales & entering fees from your Shopify site. The remainder of the course is identical to the Etsy version of the Bootcamp, where I walk you through how to enter your sales & expenses from outside sources, count your inventory, understand your taxes, etc.

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 either the Etsy Seller Spreadsheet or the Shopify Seller Spreadsheet in its price. If you've previously purchased the Etsy or Shopify Seller Spreadsheet from Paper + Spark, then you are eligible for a discount off the applicable bootcamp's price. Log into your account at and click on Spreadsheets > Etsy (or Shopify) Seller Spreadsheet inside your account. You'll find your exclusive discount code to save $50 on the BBB. Alternatively, click the pink chat button in the bottom right of your screen to send me a Facebook message, OR send us an email at I'll send you a special coupon code since you've already bought the spreadsheet included in this course! 

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 (or Shopify) Seller Spreadsheet for 2024 or any other years?

YES - your enrollment includes access to the undated Etsy (or Shopify) Seller Spreadsheet. You can use this file for doing your 2024 books and in any other year you want to use it! The Seller Spreadsheet by itself costs $97, so it's not much more to get all the goodness of the Bootcamp!

What if I was a Bootcamp student in a prior year (2016 - 2022)?

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 for your exclusive code.

What if I'm eligible for multiple discounts?

You an only use one coupon code at checkout. 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 Etsy or Shopify 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, 2024. 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 2023 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 $97 cost of the included Etsy or Shopify Seller Spreadsheet, which is nonrefundable - within 14 days of enrollment. I do not offer refunds on the spreadsheet portion of the course.

Meet your instructor, Janet LeBlanc.

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Hi! I’m Janet. I'm a maker, Certified Public Accountant, and also the founder of Paper + Spark. P+S is the go-to resource for makers 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 working 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!

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.

Reviews from Bootcampers

"I'm so very glad I found Janet at Paper + Spark. Everything I've purchased from her has been GOLD! As an added bonus, she's an actual person and has gone above and beyond to answer all my questions. I think every business owner can benefit from her products!!!"

"Janet, your bootcamp saved my sanity! I can be such a procrastinator, especially when it comes to crunching numbers, seriously I'd rather watch paint dry! Your bootcamp helped walk me through step by step exactly what I needed to do in order to have my numbers correct for tax time. I feel so familiar and comfortable with the spreadsheets now I'll be ready for next tax season without the stress! Thanks so much Janet!!"

"This course was a life saver. This was my first year running a business and I would have been seriously lost without Janet. She explains things in such an accessible, understandable way and I could not be more grateful! I actually feel confident about handling my shop's finances and that is a huge relief."

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