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Bookkeeping for Etsy Sellers

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About The Class

simplify your Etsy® tracking.


Easily integrate your Etsy® transactions into your small business bookkeeping with tips and insights from Lauren Venell in Bookkeeping for Etsy Sellers.

Lauren is on a mission to simplify small business bookkeeping for crafters and artists.

In this class you’ll learn how to:

  • Manage Etsy transactions, inventory, and expenses
  • Compare Etsy earnings against other income streams
  • How to integrate Etsy into your overall bookkeeping
  • Spot sales patterns and identify opportunities for growth or restructuring based on the numbers
  • Set up and track your shop account
  • Deal with Etsy credits
  • Manage sales tax and coupons


Etsy's systems are overwhelming – this class will give you the clarity you need to successfully run your Etsy shop.

Whether you are exclusively an Etsy seller or its just one of many revenue streams, this class will make Etsy transactions easy to handle and every aspect of your business bookkeeping more manageable and fun.

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


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    An Introduction to Etsy

    14:56
  2. 02

    The Etsy Sales Process

    03:46
  3. 03

    How We Use Etsy and Why We Love It

    10:11
  4. 04

    Setting Up Your Etsy Shop

    22:34
  5. 05

    Shop Settings & Policies

    10:24
  6. 06

    Payment Methods

    17:17
  7. 07

    Chart of Accounts and Expenses

    14:41
  8. 08

    Other Expenses

    25:32
  9. 09

    Consumer Tax and Understanding VAT

    13:48
  10. 10

    Bookkeeping Process

    22:26
  11. 11

    Deposits and Payments

    33:13
  12. 12

    Profit and Freelance Rates

    24:25
  13. 13

    Business Profit

    19:36
  14. 14

    Understanding Statistics & Web Analytics

    18:27
  15. 15

    Wholesale

    15:17
  16. 16

    Digital Products

    08:55
  17. 17

    Sustainable Wages

    02:59
  18. 18

    Pricing

    15:21
  19. 19

    Sales, Coupons, and Discounts

    16:32

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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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Product Profit Calculator
  • pdf Simple Ledger for Creatives
  • pdf Crafters Sample Chart of Accounts
  • pdf Etsy® Bookkeeping Resources
  • pdf Sample Etsy® Shop Policies
  • pdf The Etsy® Sales Chain - A Comparison.pdf

100% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Ssparrowinflight

    Ssparrowinflight

    January 2015

    This is a meaty course that has you at a run from the moment it opens. If you are like me and you have been wanting to start a handmade business using Etsy, this will be a great course for you! What I like best about this course is the information that is given is not from a sterile corporate perspective. She has been down in the handmade trenches from the very beginning of Etsy so she has seen all the changes. Lauren also shares the realities of business and shows you how to calculate the actual costs that go into your products. She gives you the knowledge and resources to know how to set up your book keeping as it relates to Etsy. The only negative about the course is that there is literally not enough time to cover EVERYTHING that you might run into for your personal situation concerning Etsy, but she does give you enough information and resources through her Extras that gets you in the right direction. I would sincerely recommend this class!

  • Creativelive Student

    January 2015

    This was so helpful! I have been wondering about so many things the last few months since I opened my shop on Etsy and have found some information, but often it is encrypted in such technical terms that it feels so unclear. I felt like Lauren answered so many of my questions (as well as questions I didn't know that I had) with such clear, easy-to-understand ways! I can't recommend this course enough! Thank you Lauren for making complex processes of bookkeeping seem reasonable and doable. Thank you for sharing experiences to back-up the information that you shared. This was wonderful!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    January 2017

    This course has a lot of helpful information, but I do caution that there isn't really enough time to get it all down if you are watching the livestream. Also, quite a bit of time is spent talking about VAT rules which are out of date, and much easier to deal with now.

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