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How to stay on top of your accounting

So, not to freak you out or anything, but tax season is coming. And I'm a little overwhelmed by how many people are saying things like, just worked on my taxes for 10 hours. WHAT?! Doing your taxes and tracking your business numbers does NOT need to take a million hours. In today's episode, I'll talk about exactly how I did my accounting for years while running my business. Download the transcript (using the form at the bottom of this page!) and I'll also send you a link to the video I made about the accounting software I use now and show you how it's saving me tons of time over my previous method of accounting! Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast149/

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So, not to freak you out or anything, but tax season is coming. And I'm a little overwhelmed by how many people are saying things like, just worked on my taxes for 10 hours. WHAT?! Doing your taxes and tracking your business numbers does NOT need to take a million hours.

In today's episode, I'll talk about exactly how I did my accounting for years while running my business. Download the transcript (using the form at the bottom of this page!) and I'll also send you a link to the video I made about the accounting software I use now and show you how it's saving me tons of time over my previous method of accounting!

[Tweet: “If you're spending hours on your taxes, you're doing it wrong! @TaraSwiger shows you the easier way:”]

Resources:

  • Pay Yourself opens soon! Sign up here to be notified when it does!
  • The list of expense categories from the IRS is here.
  • Sign up at the bottom of this post to get the FREE transcript with a link to my accounting software video!

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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Find all the podcast episodes here.

Should you work for free?

Should you work for free? Most of the conversation in the craft world says: NO. Don't work for free. Don't give it away. Just Say No. And I agree. Most of the time. In today's episode I'll tell you when you SHOULD work for free, and how to decide if you should take the "opportunity" or not. Listen or watch at TaraSwiger.com/podcast148/

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Should you work for free?
Most of the conversation in the craft world says: NO. Don't work for free. Don't give it away. Just Say No.

And I agree. Most of the time.

In today's episode I'll tell you when you SHOULD work for free, and how to decide if you should take the “opportunity” or not.

Resources

  • Sign up at the bottom of this post to get a FREE worksheet to go with this lesson, + the podcast transcript!
  • The Starship is NOW OPEN, but you can only get in if you've signed up here!

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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Find all the podcast episodes here.

 

5 accounting terms you need to know for your handmade biz

Do you feel a little insecure talking to bankers or fancy businessmen about your handmade business because you don’t know all the accounting terms? Want to talk about money and make decisions more comfortably? Today I’m going to introduce you to five accounting terms so we can talk more about money! Listen or watch at TaraSwiger.com/podcast147/

Do you feel a little insecure talking to bankers or fancy businessmen about your handmade business because you don’t know all the accounting terms? Want to talk about money and make decisions more comfortably?

Today I’m going to introduce you to five accounting terms so we can talk more about money!

Before we dive into the terminology I want to tell you this – the Starship, my online community for makers and artists, which includes access to all of my classes, including the updated and expanded Pay Yourself and Pricing 101, opens next week. I’m not going to open it to the whole world, only to the people who have signed up to learn more about it.

So if you wanna learn more about it and if it’s for you, sign up here. Because I’ve added new and updated classes to it this year, the price is going up when it opens next time, so if you want in at its current price, you gotta be signed up right here!

Resources

  • My newest class, Pay Yourself, opens soon! Sign up here to be notified when it's open.
  • The Starship opens this March, but you've gotta be on the list to know when it does! Click here to sign up.

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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Lessons from Real Income Reports

What do people REALLY make in their handmade businesses? Two years ago, after seeing tons of income reports from bloggers & coaches I started to wonder what an income report would look like from a maker. So I created a survey, where you could share your numbers and your feelings with me. And I’m doing it again this year. You can go to taraswiger.com/income and share your response with me totally anonymously. Listen to the episode to find out why it's important to know your numbers, and also to put them in context: TaraSwiger.com/podcast146/

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What do people REALLY make in their handmade businesses?

Two years ago, after seeing tons of income reports from bloggers & coaches I started to wonder what an income report would look like from a maker.

I decided to hold a survey to collect income reports for 2 reasons:

  1. The reports I saw from bloggers and coaches were just NOT comparable to a handmade business.
  2. It’s way more useful to know what lots of people are doing than what ONE superstar is doing.

So I created a survey, where you could share your numbers and your feelings with me.
And I’m doing it again this year. You can go to taraswiger.com/income and share your response with me totally anonymously.

Listen to the episode to find out why it's important to know your numbers, and also to put them in context.

More resources

How to listen

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How do you get up in the morning when everything is awful?

This weekend at Midwest Craft Con, I was on a panel about depression and anxiety. At the end we had a Q+A and I wanted to talk today about a question that has stuck with me: How do you get out of bed when everything is awful? Listen in or watch at TaraSwiger.com/podcast145/

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This weekend at Midwest Craft Con, I was on a panel about depression and anxiety. At the end we had a Q+A and I wanted to talk today about a question that has stuck with  me:
How do you get out of bed when everything is awful?

What gets YOU out of bed?

How to listen

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How to have the business you LOVE

I want you to have a business you love. And by that, I don't just mean that you love making what you make, but that you also love how you're spending your time and you feel fairly compensated. Today we'll talk about the most common reasons people don't love their businesses and solutions for each one. We'll also cover the thing most likely to make you love your business. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast144/

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I want you to have a business you love. And by that, I don't just mean that you love making what you make, but that you also love how you're spending your time and you feel fairly compensated. Today we'll talk about the most common reasons people don't love their businesses and solutions for each one. We'll also cover the thing most likely to make you love your business.

If you need to get clearer on what you would love, check out Map Your Business. I guide you through discovering what you want, where you want to be, and then breaking that down into a doable plan. It's available on Amazon in both paperback or Kindle, or you can get a signed version here TaraSwiger.com/map. If you have one and you love it, please share it with the hashtag #mapyourbusiness.

 

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5 steps to effective copywriting

To share your work with the world, you have to write (or speak) hundreds of messages: Instagram, product descriptions, emails, etc. How do you make them each effective? How do you make sure that what you spend your time writing and sharing actually sells your work? This week we’re talking about effective copywriting - writing words, pages, and posts that will connect with your buyer, build your relationships, and sell your work. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast143/

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To share your work with the world, you have to write (or speak) hundreds of messages: Instagram, product descriptions, emails, etc. How do you make them each effective? How do you make sure that what you spend your time writing and sharing actually sells your work?

This week we’re talking about effective copywriting – writing words, pages, and posts that will connect with your buyer, build your relationships, and sell your work.

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A walk on the trade show floor: Conversations around TNNA

This week we're doing something different - I'm taking you with me as I walk around the trade show at TNNA. We'll meet yarn shop owners, vendors (yarn companies) and see some pretty stuff! Whether you're in the yarn industry or not, I thought you'd enjoy seeing what a trade show looks like, how the vendors set up and how they talk to everyone who walks into their booth. These conversations are edited, because it was recorded live and there are, like in life, a million interruptions. Watch the video at TaraSwiger.com/podcast142/

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This week we're doing something different – I'm taking you with me as I walk around the trade show at TNNA. We'll meet yarn shop owners, vendors (yarn companies) and see some pretty stuff!

Whether you're in the yarn industry or not, I thought you'd enjoy seeing what a trade show looks like, how the vendors set up and how they talk to everyone who walks into their booth. These conversations are edited, because it was recorded live and there are, like in life, a million interruptions.

If you usually listen to the audio podcast, I encourage you to watch the video, so you can see the faces and the beautiful yarn!

 

Here's more info about the people I spoke to (Go! Support them!)

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The key to consistency + success = Grit

Do you struggle to set goals, because you’re afraid of missing out on everything else you should be doing? Do you feel like you’re pulled in a million different directions? Today we’re going to talk about why that is, and how to clarify what you want from your business, both from the Big Picture to what you’ll actually do today, and all the stuff in between. Listen in at TaraSwiger.com/podcast141/

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Do you struggle to set goals, because you’re afraid of missing out on everything else you should be doing? Do you feel like you’re pulled in a million different directions? Today we’re going to talk about why that is, and how to clarify what you want from your business, both from the Big Picture to what you’ll actually do today, and all the stuff in between.


This is the image I mention in the podcast episode: 

 

 

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9 emails you can send for your handmade business tomorrow

How do you feel about the emails you send, right now? Do they result in sales and conversations with your readers? If not, it's time to experiment. Today I'll share 9 kinds of emails you can be sending for your handmade business. Listen to the episode and get the FREE transcript at TaraSwiger.com/podcast140/

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How do you feel about the emails you send, right now? Do they result in sales and conversations with your readers? If not, it's time to experiment. Today I'll share 9 kinds of emails you can be sending for your handmade business.

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Want the FREE transcript for this episode? Enter your e-mail in the box at the bottom of this post!

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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