154: Bookkeeping for Yoga Teachers with Kelly Christian
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 154: Bookkeeping for Yoga Teachers with Kelly Christian Description: It’s the middle of the tax season in the US and Canada, and it can be intimidating to think about getting your books in order, filing your taxes correctly, or choosing the right people to help you with this aspect of running your business! Bookkeeping and tax preparation expert Kelly Christian has some helpful information, tips, and tricks to manage some of the finer aspects of bookkeeping. Kelly is the owner of Kelly Christian & Company, and a Certified Professional Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer. She has over 18 years experience working with all types of small business owners and focuses on helping them create custom technology systems around their money to get their “money system” in place and their books under control. With a variety of packages from step-by-step help to custom set up, training and guidance, Kelly and her team help clients forget about their bookkeeping so they can focus on their business. We dive into where to get started with sales taxes, what expenses you can write off in your business, and even the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant. Kelly also has some easy ways you can use technology to simplify and streamline the money side of your business, and some of the software you can use to make this aspect of running a yoga business easier. Whether you already have your books in order and taxes filed, or if you’re worrying about how to get started on them, this episode will be a good resource. Key Takeaways: [5:44] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Kelly Christian. [7:28] What got Kelly started in the bookkeeping industry? [9:54] What does Kelly's business look like now? She shares a bit more about her team. [11:13] What is the difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant? [15:44] What are some things yoga teachers can do on their own to get their bookkeeping under control? [18:50] When do you need to start charging HST (Harmonized Sales Tax for Canada) or GST (Goods & Services Tax for USA)? [21:03] It is important to keep track of online payment methods to ensure payments, taxes and fees do not "get lost". [25:07] Kelly shares her recommendations for Canadians looking for alternatives to Quickbooks, as well as some free options. [29:57] What are the expenses yoga teachers should be tracking? [34:16] What counts as expenses and what doesn't? Shannon and Kelly dig into some common expenses that yoga teachers ask about including yoga clothing, fuel for travel and home office expenses. [42:54] It is important to find a bookkeeper or accountant who will be able to work with you in your particular business. [46:11] Get in touch with Kelly via her website. [47:44] Kelly has some final words of advice for yoga teachers thinking about their accounting and bookkeeping. [49:25] Shannon shares an update on what she changed in her business regarding accounting and bookkeeping. Links: Kelly Christian The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 044: Accounting for Yoga Teachers with Hannah Smolinski QuickBooks Xero Wave Accounting FreshBooks Hubdoc Receipt Bank DropBox Google Drive Toronto Yoga Conference April 2020 Consultation with Shannon Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity and Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training Quotes from this episode: "That's what you're ideally looking for - someone that has a bit more breadth than just someone that's just doing data entry. But if not, make sure you've got a really good relationship with your accountant or tax preparer." "I would rather people use [a simple software] than nothing, but know that as you grow, you're going to outgrow it." "Tracking is better than nothing." "Get some solid systems. Don't unnecessarily move into a piece of software, a good spreadsheet works great."
Ep 58 - Kelly Christian | Postmortem Photography & The Order of the Good Death
Ghostly Talk Podcast
Kelly Christian joined us for a super fascinating look into the world of postmortem photography, essentially, pictures of dead people. The practice was common in the 19th century but went out of vogue in the early 20th century. We also had a lively discussion about death, what “death positivity” means and The Order of the Good Death, lead by mortician, author, and YouTube personality Caitlin Doughty.“Kelly is a writer, maker, and thinker based in Chicago. She is interested in visual representations of death and their cultural ramifications. After photographing military funerals in Maine during the height of the Iraq War, Kelly realized that there was no turning back from the dark side. Kelly Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University, a certificate in Documentary Photography from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, and a Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her dissertation subject was postmortem photography. She has written extensively at Dilettante Army and is a member of the Order of the Good Death.When not totally delighted by the macabre, Kelly is making bad jokes, hanging out with cats, indulging in tacos or trying to go to every obscure museum out there.”
Ep 142 Kelly Christian: Location-Independent Bookkeeper
Kelly took her local, in-person bookkeeping business online, expanding her reach and giving her the ability to work from anywhere. Thanks to her work and some research and planning, Kelly and her husband were able to spend three months in Mexico last winter. She joined me to talk about what it took to make it happen, what she learned along the way, and what’s changed as a result of their winter abroad. In This Episode Making it possible to spend three months in Mexico Sorting out tech and logistics for the trip Tools and strategies for dealing with limited internet access What’s changed as a result of their experience How she took her in-person business online And so much more See www.nomadtopia.com/142 for show notes plus other interviews, resources, and more. Join the Nomadtopia Collective, your home for a global location-independent lifestyle, at www.nomadtopia.com/collective.
TMD 033 : Getting Your Finances In Line and "Chasing Tiger Sharks In The Bahamas" with Kelly Christian
That Marketing Dude Show (TMD Show)
In today's episode, I have Kelly Christian on the show to talk about how to get your finances in line because let's be honest... How many of us keep proper track of our finances when we're travelling? Not many of us right?This is why I brought Kelly on the show! I asked Kelly for a quick bio and here's what she said:"I am a registered professional bookkeeper, trained in bookkeeping 20 years ago during my time at UVIC and Camosun College in Victoria, BC (it seems like just yesterday….).I am one of those financial “geeks” who actually like to find out the new tax rules each year and hunt through financial websites so I can learn new things every day. I know what you’re thinking, she must be nuts. I sometimes think that myself and my sons sure love to tell me what a nerd I am…"I've gotten to know Kelly a little bit through a little community I'm a part of, Screw The Nine To Five, and she's an awesome chick. She's a Canadian tax account but the things we talk about today are just some little tips and tricks on how you can get your finances under control so when the tax man does come a knocking... You'll be prepared!Enjoy this episode Dudes and Dudettes!*fist bump*Show notes: https://TMDshow.com/33FB Community: http://DudeBrood.com
HMM 41 What Money Really Truly Buys With Kelly Christian
Her Dinero Matters
www.jenhemphill.comGet ready because you have been warned. This episode includes a lot of laughs. Kelly Christian brings humor, personality and a great money story!What you'll learn about in today's episode: She gives us the scoop on what the ho’pono no meditation is and how it has helped with her money Why she listens to Dave Ramsey almost religiously Why the Rumba was such a great purchase for her (and she tells us if it really works) 3 key thoughts she has on money as it relates to college and your kids