Working at the business side of being an artist is oddly enough something I enjoy doing. For a long time now I've been trying to design an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of my sales and expenses, but I don't know enough about Excel to get it to do what I want it to. Last year I tried using QuickBooks and became completely frustrated.
Finally I've found a place to purchase spreadsheets that have been specifically designed for artists, particularly artists that sell on Etsy:
I've been using some of these spreadsheets and they're great. It's a huge relief to finally have a bookkeeping system that works, is easy to use and easy to understand.
So here's my little plug for this Etsy shop, JJMFinance! Here you can buy all kinds of spreadsheets that will help you stay organized if you sell on Etsy, eBay, at craft shows or anywhere. I got great customer service when I needed help using the worksheets, and the products are very reasonably priced, too.
Getting organized and smarter about my business is a great way to start the new year! Woo-hoo!