A step-by-step guide for makers & creatives for building your shop's financial foundation with confidence
You’re starting a handmade shop! Kudos to you for beginning this amazing adventure. As you dive in, this line of thinking may sound familiar...
Getting all your financial ducks in a row means moving on and doing more of what you love - creating & making sales. It also means:
Doesn't it feel GREAT to run your shop like a boss? You got this.
"I just wanted to thank you again for creating the Get Legit Toolkit. It was exactly what I was looking for! Before I actually started a handmade business I wanted to make sure I had all my ducks in a row because I didn’t want to get in a sticky situation tax wise or legally down the road."
"I seriously don’t think my business would have survived as a legitimate business if it weren’t for you and the Get Legit course or Paper + Spark resources. 😊😊"
"Started the Get Legit Toolkit course this afternoon. Got my EIN, printed the application for my DBA, confirmed that I am in really good shape as far as sales tax is concerned, and decent shape as far as bookkeeping is concerned, but relieved to know I am doing those right. I feel well prepared to open a business account easily once I file for my DBA. On to module 6 tomorrow and feeling really grateful to be confident about where I am at in all of the above areas 😊 Thanks, Janet!"
"Starting on Module 5 this week! Lots of great information; this course is forcing me to reevaluate how I'm keeping track of my finances (was poorly, but now it's getting better), and to sit down and really review everything I've done financial-wise for my business. It's been, in some ways, an eye-opening experience, and will help me to make better decisions in the future."
The Get Legit Toolkit answers your questions before you even ask them. I’m going to replace all those confusing-as-heck internet rumors/myths/contradictions you've read with concrete facts and answers. I’m going to save you hours of endless Googling with straight up reliable resources. I'm going to replace those feelings of anxiety, stress and confusion with confidence and clarity.
When you’ve completed the Get Legit Toolkit, you’ll finally figure out:
What's included in the Get Legit Toolkit?
Well, in addition to major peace of mind...
The Toolkit includes 7 modules covering the foundations of setting up the financial side of your creative biz - from banking and bookkeeping to income and sales taxes. I include not just the basics of getting a legitimate business set up (action tasks), but also the must-know concepts that are essential to running your business smoothly.
My goal is for you to finish the course with a correctly set up business AND a feeling of confidence going forward.
We often learn better with visuals - seeing the work in action, hearing real life examples, and putting pen to paper. This isn’t just a course where you read a bunch of dry, boring material. You will be literally checking items of the list as you go. When you’re done, you’ll be left with a totally legit business with all your financial ducks in a row.
Your bank account and bookkeeping system will be set up with confidence.
Your biz will be squared away with all its local, state, and federal requirements.
You'll feel confident about dealing with tax time and understand your financial forms & responsibilities.
You'll be ready to have a profitable business without worrying about missing a detail!
"The Get Legit course was just what I needed to figure out how to become "legit"! The course was broken into sections that made each part manageable. Janet was also available for answering questions along the way. I am glad that part of my business is done and now I am not fearing doing my taxes!"
"I felt like I was getting the understanding and support I needed to make sure my business was getting the attention (from me) that it needed. I just got back from my accountant and he said I was in the top 1% of the small business owners he sees in terms of having my numbers in order, readable, and ready to go! Thanks to Paper + Spark."
Your Toolkit includes access to our private Facebook group. Ask questions as you work through the course content. Stay motivated with community and peer support.
Need some one-on-one handholding? VIP students get a private call with me. Use this time to set up a bookkeeping system especially for your needs or ask questions about your situation.
You can complete this course from your couch or your home office - anywhere you have access to WiFi.
The Get Legit Toolkit consists of a healthy mix of videos, text, and PDF worksheets. You can access the content from anywhere and work at your own pace.
I recommend you set aside about 3-6 hours a week for 3-4 weeks to work through the course. Plus, you get liftetime access - so you can always refresh yourself on a particular topic when needed.
With the VIP tier, you'll also receive a 30-minute one-on-one call. Through this session, we can share screens and walk through any specific topics you're confused about - using your bookkeeping system, developing a monthly checklist specific to your needs, setting up sales tax in your shop, etc.
I don't typically offer one-on-one calls to the public - so this is a great value!
If you’re on a shoestring budget, I get that it can be scary making an investment in your fledgling biz.
But the plan of “oh, I’ll just start listing things for sale and worry about the tax thing later on once I make some money” is a terrible (and in many cases, not legal) plan!
Not laying the proper financial foundation for your business can result in fines, penalties, stress, and anxiety.
Do it right. You can’t afford to NOT set your business up correctly.
The Toolkit is going to save you hours of time and energy. Trying to piecemeal together your business’ financial requirements on your own is hard. You'll be better off (financially and emotionally!) investing those hours working on other aspects of your business, like creating new products to sell!
Treat your business like a business, not a hobby. Starting now and investing in this course means getting these items taken care of, and then moving on to the work that actually makes you money!
I also offer budget-friendly payment plans if it works better for you to spread the payments out over four months.
The Get Legit Toolkit is designed for:
The Get Legit Toolkit is not for you if:
Keep trying to figure out all this tax and money stuff out on your own. Hodge-podge together answers from Facebook & Google that may or may not even apply to you. Sift through confusing info that could be out of date and slowly DIY your own financial foundation.
- OR -
Feel GOOD relying on this one-stop resource crafted by a CPA especially for handmade sellers with all the answers you need (in plain English!), and get your financial foundation set up correctly, without the stress, in less than a month.
If you're ready to go from confused & overwhelmed to confident and DONE, the answer is clear. The Get Legit Toolkit is the resource you need to get you there.
Wanna take a peek?
Is this course only for Etsy sellers?
No. I have a few Etsy-centric tutorials, but the concepts in the Toolkit are universally applicable no matter where you sell. Any sort of handmade shop owner is welcome!
How do I access the course material?
ALL course content will be accessible immediately after purchase. If you purchase the VIP tier, you will be get access your bonus content within 48 hours of purchase.
Do I get to ask you questions about the content?
All Toolkit tiers include access to the private Get Legit Community on Facebook. This is the place where you can ask questions about the course material as you work!
If you need some one-on-one help, the VIP Toolkit includes an exclusive one-on-one call with me to discuss your personal situation and address your specific needs.
Do you update the course with new stuff and changes to tax laws?
Yes - I keep the course updated as rules related to small business taxes evolve. In mid-2018 for example, I added an entire new lesson devoted to the changes with online sales tax. In early 2019, I added a new lesson on how tax reform affects your taxes, including a discussion of the new Qualified Business Income deduction. The Toolkit is your one-stop resource to learn about all financial aspects of running your shop.
Do you have captions on your videos?
Yes! All of my videos include closed captions.
What's included in the VIP tier?
Whle the Basic Toolkit is enough for you to get the financial side of your business set up with confidence, the VIP Toolkit includes some extra special bonuses plus more one-on-one tailored assistance. I've partnered with the top experts in the handmade industry to offer resources especially for handmade sellers looking to build a profitable shop. I also include a few of Paper + Spark bestselling products in the VIP Toolkit.
Here's a brief explanation of the exclusive bonuses offered in the VIP Toolkit:
How long will it take me to complete the Toolkit?
The Toolkit is meant to be worked through at your own pace. You will complete some really important foundational steps for your business - like getting your sales tax permit, setting up sales tax in your online shop, and opening a business bank account. Some of these action steps will take time, and others can be done quickly & painlessly online. For most people, the course should take 3-4 weeks to complete, spending about 3-6 hours a week working on it.
What's your refund policy?
I believe that the content of the Toolkit is going to be a game-changer for your business and that the content here is invaluable. I also believe in the integrity of my customers. If you purchase the Toolkit, get started, and feel like it's not a good fit for you, then I'm happy to offer a 100% refund within 14 days of enrollment.
Got more questions? Just hit the chat button in the lower right-hand corner and ask me directly!
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!
There’s a lot of frustration out there about the challenges of getting your shop set up the “right” way and becoming a legitimate business. I sought to create a comprehensive resource especially for makers to help answer those questions once and for all!
Fear is really just a lack of confidence. Knowledge creates confidence.