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The Dear(ly) Diary

bookkeeping tips, demystified (plus, a good dose of friendly advice on profitable entrepreneurship!).


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Independent Contractor vs. Employee: Which One is Right for Your Online Business?

So you’re ready to hire help, are ya? Well congratulations, my friend!! You’ve just taken a big step towards growing your business. But with new outsourced help comes new things to know about taxes. And while most people know what a contractor is and what an employee is, do YOU know what the IRS thinks […]

Bookkeeping Tips

Payroll Vs. Bookkeeping: Which One Do You Need for Your Online Business?

*This blog contains affiliate links. While we do earn a small commission if you use our link, the price doesn’t change for you. Also, we only recommend products and services we love!* When it comes to the financial side of running an online business, there are TONS of terms thrown around — CPA, accountant, bookkeeper, taxes, […]


Xero Vs. QuickBooks: Which One is Better for Online Business?

We live in the digital age — there are just so many tools out there now to help you run a business. Graphic design basics? Canva’s got you covered. Project management? Asana and ClickUp, baby! And you betcha there’s a million more programs where that came from.  And TBH? I’m not mad about it. Because […]

Bookkeeping Tips

LLC Vs. S-Corp: Which One is Right for Your Creative Business?

I’m an accounting and bookkeeping nerd. It’s no wonder I talk about LLCs vs. S-Corps so much. I find them so fascinating!!  But I also recognize that what’s interesting for me may not be interesting to you too — especially if you’re a creative entrepreneur. You’d rather spend your time actually doing the things, whether […]

Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping For Coaches & Course Creators: How to Handle an Increase in Sales

Welcome to the third and final installment of the “Bookkeeping For…” series — all about how to do your bookkeeping based on your industry. We’ve talked about brand and web designers and copywriters, and now it’s time for business coaches and online educators to shine! That’s right — if you’re a business coach, a mastermind […]

Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping Basics For Copywriters: How to Manage Your Expenses Like a Pro

We’re in the middle of our “Bookeeping For…” series — all about how to bookkeep based on your industry. We’ve talked about brand and web designers, and today comes our next installment: Bookkeeping for copywriters! Why is this “Bookeeping For…” series so important? Because we need to make sure that our finances and our bookkeeping […]

Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping Basics For Brand and Web Designers: How to Keep Your Expenses in Check

This post marks the start of something beautiful…something amazing…something I think you’re going to love a whole lot… A BRAND NEW YouTube series all about how to sort out the basics of your books as a creative.  I’ll be covering several different industries — like copywriting and online educators — but today, it’s all eyes on […]

Budgeting, Finances

Is it Time to Raise Your Rates?

Raising your rates…let’s talk about it.  I know that many business owners (myself included sometimes) don’t really want to talk about money. Especially when it comes to asking clients for MORE money. Yeeesh. Money in our culture is kind of a taboo topic. You’re not supposed to share what you make with your coworkers at […]

Bookkeeping Tips

Speed Up Your Weekly Bookkeeping Routine With These 5 Steps

Most business owners dread doing big financial reviews. And I totally get it — when you’ve got such big numbers stacked in front of you, it can all feel a little…overwhelming, to say the least.  (Real talk — you may be lying awake at night DREADING it. No shame in that!)  That’s exactly why it’s so […]