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Jessica

Just a test.

Shannon Cherry

Congrats Jess. I know you'll have some great insights and ideas to share about business and bookkeeping. I can't wait.

Hiro Boga

Jess, how wonderful that you've started blogging! I love you and your great big heart, which is such a gift to all of us who know you. Your voice in this blog post is as honest and clear and YOU, as you are in person.

And I even have a question for you! :-) My business and I are Canadian, but much of my revenue and many of my expenses are in US dollars. Since converting currencies costs me bank charges and other fees both ways, how would you recommend handling the book-keeping for US$ transactions?

Thanks so much for stepping into this new blogging thing. I'm thrilled that you're here, and looking forward to reading more from you!

Love and hugs, Hiro

Angie Haggstrom

Way to go! It's a super scary step, but you'll get used to it. Before you know, you'll be addicted!

If you need a hand, I'd be happy to help out :)

Now, keep going! (and tweet me when it's up!) (http://twitter.com/angie1234p)

joyce lukaczer

bumpity, bumpity, bump ... congrats!

-- joyce [@FontSiteDiva]

chas

okay jess...here you go!

i've been in business more or less for 3 to 15 years, and i've never kept books. i use a mac.

i want to keep business and personal books, and i don't want two pieces of software. can you recommend a simple and not expensive application for me to use with this brand new year?

and any other advice for someone stepping down the scary road of keeping track of the ins and out of my business and my life?

peace,

chas

Kappaluppa

Ok, two things here for me...

First of all, I'm in the same place with my blogging. I have great ideas, and I have finally figured out how I want to present them. Seems that I can draw analogies between life and business challenges really well. And that will be how I write my blog. But lots of ideas are flowing through the brain. But none have made it to the keyboard. Frustrating!

Naomi if IttyBiz and Havi have demonstrated that I don't have to be the stuffy person I'm not to blog about biz. I guess I need to read that procrastination thing to get going. It's on my list... for tomorrow... lol

So I'm with you on that, sistah....

Next thing. I am in a world of hurt over the "details" of my business. I am a great designer, great idea-er, great with my clients, suck at books, records, official stuff.

So I'm coming to you, hanging out and see if I can get things turned around.

And if you hadn't finally started your blog, and if Havi hadn't tweeted about it, and if Naomi hadn't said such wonderful things about Havi, and if I hadn't listened to that Renegade podcast, and and and, and if Eve hadn't eaten that apple... well, i digress. Bottom line, glad you got going. All the reason for ME to get going too!

Best to you!

K

Kappaluppa

PS
I'm going to try that shakin' shiva thing too! Wow, YouTube, look out!! whoaaaa!

Anne Kaplan

Mazal Tov on your new baby, er, blog, Jess! I so admire your jumping in, splashing and thrashing as you find your way. And find your way into the flow, you will.

One worry you can throw out right now -- if you're concerned about TypePad being OK for a professional blog, checkout The Blog Squad and Andy Wibbels (who now works for TypePad), both of whom built blogging fame via their TypePad blogs.

I've been sorta fretting about my blog -- stagnant on TypePad for almost a year, soon to be ported to WordPress (as part of new website) -- how do I start up again after being silent for so long?

Your taking the plunge may be the extra push I need to "just do it"...

Wishing you success with your new blog, and don't forget FUN!

AmpleHugs,
-Anne

Mark Silver

Deeply, deeply happy that you jumped in. We'll help you get set up with all the right stuff- whether it's wordpress, feedburner, RSS, whatever. The point is, you started.

And there you go!

Folks: This one here is one to follow. She's AMAZING. But you know that already- you're here.

stacy

You know I think you rock. Here's to blogging with great ease :)

stacy

And, btw, I really dig the way you write :)

Dara

I have a question. Do any of your clients sell things for children? My friend and I were talking about starting a babywearing business but now I realize we may be effected by the new law coming into effect in February - do you know anything about it?

Victoria Brouhard

Congratulations, Jess!

Fabulous first post - the perfect way to start.

"So if blogging makes me a little more vulnerable but leads to a magnification of my ability to help others - then all the vulnerability in the world is worth it."

That gave me chills. Can't wait to read more from you.

Kate Williams

Hey Jess,
I love this. Feel so akin to your approach, your vulnerability. I enjoyed how you began with the tweet quote and ending with the similarity of starting this with other big events/transitions in your life.

I've be squirming about getting more blogs written myself. You've inspired me to let go of the doing it right thing. Having it be part of Mark's blog add an extra level of self consciousness for me.

My financial questions for you: I would like to hear about how you would suggest organizing a small businesses financial record keeping--basic, basic, systems sort of thing.

Congratulations!
Kate
Heart of Business
Infrastructure Queen

Extra Crispy Mark

Hey Jess!

Congratulations on the new blog. You're off to a good start.

I want to echo chas's question and also ask: personal cash in hand, spent on business needs, how to account for in QuickBooks? Is that a journal entry or what?

But never mind that. Wow. You have another way to take care of your people. Good for you!

ren-new

This is extraordinary - first post, beautifully written, and handsomely commented on. You rock girl!

And wonderful that people are already coming forward with the kinds of questions you can use for future posts. I'm subscribing for sure.

Cheers!

Caroline

Jessica

Wow! Thank you all so much for your comments and questions. I'm going to be answering the questions soon. I'm so touched by everyone's comments and support.

Thank you guys! :)

Jessica

@Hiro

So you asked:

"My business and I are Canadian, but much of my revenue and many of my expenses are in US dollars. Since converting currencies costs me bank charges and other fees both ways, how would you recommend handling the book-keeping for US$ transactions?"

Can you tell me more about how you're doing this right now? I'd love to set up a time to talk on the phone so I can ask you a few questions and then answer your question!

Jessica

@Dara

You said: "I have a question. Do any of your clients sell things for children? My friend and I were talking about starting a babywearing business but now I realize we may be effected by the new law coming into effect in February - do you know anything about it?"

What I know about the CPSIA law I know from Twitter and Google. :) I have read that they are not altering the law to exclude small stores, but that they are not going to enforce it for small businesses/small stores.

Hope that helps!

Jessica

@chas

The first part of your question was:

"i've been in business more or less for 3 to 15 years, and i've never kept books. i use a mac.

i want to keep business and personal books, and i don't want two pieces of software. can you recommend a simple and not expensive application for me to use with this brand new year?"

I'm known for answering many questions with a question. Have you tried QuickBooks?

I have lots of clients who like to use it for both personal and business recordkeeping. There is a Mac version and it's not terribly expensive ($199.95) and I can offer you a discount if you want to order it through Behind the Scenes.

Info on the application here: http://tinyurl.com/macQB

Let me know if you have questions about it. I'm kind of married to QB as I use it in my practice and really love it, across the board. But there are other online apps out there and some of them are less expensive.

I just don't have personal experience with them, so I can't back any of them as worthwhile at this point. :)

Jessica

@Extra Crispy Mark

You said: "I want to echo chas's question and also ask: personal cash in hand, spent on business needs, how to account for in QuickBooks? Is that a journal entry or what?"

I'm going to answer chas's question soon. :)

Regarding personal cash in hand, spent on business needs, you got it exactly right.

It's a journal entry made into QB. Unless you want to reimburse yourself. If you want to do that, just cut yourself a check and book it to the proper expense account with a memo indicating you are reimbursing yourself (and obviously, have a receipt to prove it, in case the IRS ever comes-a-knocking).

If you want to just track it, it's a journal entry. Debit the expense account and credit your Owner's Equity or Owner's Capital account.

Follow up questions are welcomed so if I just spoke in Greek, say so. :)

Jessica

@kappaluppa

You said: "I am in a world of hurt over the "details" of my business. I am a great designer, great idea-er, great with my clients, suck at books, records, official stuff."

Wow, do I get that. I really understand. I've been in that place before with many things in my life.

It's so great that you know, really know, what it is you're great at. And in many ways, it's even more important that you already know what you "suck" at.

So perhaps you've got a choice to make? Do you want to learn what you don't know so you can "suck" less? Or do you want to find some help so you can focus on what you love?

I hope I can be helpful to you as you navigate this "world of hurt!"

Please let me know how I can help Kappaluppa! Thanks for sharing and for telling me part of your story. I look forward to getting to know you better too!

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