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Bookkeeping for Crafters

with Lauren Venell

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  •   01 Intro & Overview of Bookkeeping

  •   03 Your Sustainable Wage


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About The Class

bookkeeping made easy.

It is common to be intimidated by math and money, but managing your business’s finances doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Bookkeeping for Crafters with Lauren Venell will give you the confidence and skills you need to start and maintain your own small business ledger.

Lauren is an artist and educator committed to making financial solvency accessible to independent entrepreneurs. In Bookkeeping for Crafters you’ll learn the basics of managing your money and how doing it yourself can reveal important opportunities for your business.

You’ll learn about managing different types of income and expense accounts and how to painlessly prepare for tax time. Lauren will make predicting fluctuations in your cash flow straightforward and easy while helping you develop a system that is right for you – even if you prefer pen and paper over spreadsheets.

If you are ready to change your relationship to money and manage a ledger that is customized to the way you do business – this is the class for you.

Be sure to check out Lauren's other course Bookkeeping for Etsy Sellers.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro & Overview of Bookkeeping

  2. 02

    Why Bother Bookkeeping?

  3. 03

    Your Sustainable Wage

  4. 04

    Cash vs. Accrual Accounting

  5. 05

    Lesson 5- Chart of Accounts

  6. 06

    Understanding Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)

  7. 07

    Lesson 7- Marketing and Selling

  8. 08

    Product Development

  9. 09

    Covering the Bases: Labor and Insurance

  10. 10

    Sales Tax: Consumption, Sales, & Service

  11. 11

    Understanding VAT

  12. 12

    Sales Tax: Retail & Prepaid

  13. 13

    Bookkeeping for Income

  14. 14

    Understanding Inventory & Equity

  15. 15

    Bookkeeping for Expenses

  16. 16

    Updating Your Inventory Effectively

  17. 17

    Tracking Your Expense Receipts

  18. 18

    Keep Business & Personal Separated

  19. 19

    Product Profitability

  20. 20

    The Value of Your Materials and Outsourcing

  21. 21

    Product Choices and Marketing Spheres

  22. 22

    Demonstrating Your Market Knowledge

  23. 23

    Documenting Money Flow

  24. 24

    Identifying Profit and Loss

  25. 25

    Budgeting Forecast and Goals

  26. 26

    Cash Flow Forecasting

  27. 27

    The Four Ps and the Importance of Pricing

  28. 28

    Pricing Formulas

  29. 29

    Pricing Etiquette Don't

  30. 30

    Return on Investment (ROI) of "Free"

  31. 31

    Focusing on Free

  32. 32

    When to Reinvest or Take Money Out

  33. 33

    Personal Finance


Meet Your Expert

Lauren Venell

Lauren Venell is an artist, award-winning product designer and financial educator who is passionate about helping fellow creatives build financially sustainable businesses. Through online classes, live events and as a contributor to blogs such as design*sponge and craftzine, Lauren's approach ... read more

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Bonus Material

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  • pdf Lauren Venell - Bookkeeping Resources.pdf
  • pdf Lauren Venell - Product Profit Calculator.xlsx
  • pdf Lauren Venell - Sample Invoice.pdf
  • pdf Lauren Venell - Sample Contract.pdf
  • pdf Lauren Venell -- Fancy Ledger for Creatives.xlsx
  • pdf Lauren Venell -- MileageDiary.pdf
  • pdf Lauren Venell -- Simple Ledger for Creatives.xlsx
  • pdf Lauren Venell -- Freelancers Rate Calculator.xlsx
  • pdf Lauren Venell -- Crafters Sample Chart of Accounts.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Aleks


    February 2015

    There is so much fantastic information in this course that I had to purchase it even though I watched the free broadcast. It's real hands-on stuff, not a general description of what bookkeeping might be, but an actual guide to manage your business' finances. Thank you for all the insights and workbooks! I highly recommend this class.

  • Bekah Kitterman

    Bekah Kitterman

    May 2015

    Months after watching the live broadcast of this course, I am still so glad I bought it. I find myself coming back to it over and over again just to refresh my brain on how to manage all of my numbers. I'm new at having a business and doing my own bookkeeping, and this course has been extremely helpful as a tool to help me set things up well and keep me on track. Highly recommend especially for those new to business and bookkeeping or intimidated by taking care of your numbers!

  • Carla Sam

    Carla Sam

    January 2015

    Wow, this course was jam packed full of insightful information (not just about book keeping!). Lauren was great at simplifying the process! Even though I watched most of the 2 days free broadcast, it was a wise investment to purchase the course and now I can re-watch at my leisure and fully take it all in. Thanks Lauren! :D

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