What Level is Your Design Business?

Online Bookkeeping 101

Use Quickbooks to Get the Right Financial Framework in Place

Interior design is a financially complex business.

And, as a fellow designer, I can tell you how important it is to know your numbers from the start. This is not a ‘nice to have’. It’s a must.

If you’re in the first phase of your business and you feel like your books aren’t quite locked down…this course will change everything. I’ll take you through a 6-step process that is perfect for new business owners or anyone feeling overwhelmed by the numbers.

Join me as I help you gain knowledge and confidence in your bookkeeping. Stop fearing your finances and put systems in place to guide your business towards greater profit.

A 6-Step Introduction to QuickBooks

Week 1
Setting Up Your Account


What’s the best way to enter relevant information? (And what IS relevant?) What are the typical business reports and which do you need? Plus: We’ll brainstorm desired reporting outcomes.
Wednesday, July 7th at 11:00am ET


Week 2
Setting the Structure


What are the best ways to organize your client list? How should you set up your chart of accounts? What about best practices for your product list?
Wednesday, July 14th at 11:00am ET


Week 3
Work Flow


Kathleen’s guide to purchase orders, bills, expenses, estimates, and invoices—all specific to the complex world of interior design
Wednesday, July 21st at 11:00am ET


Week 4
Reconciling Your Accounts


Reconciling is key: Kathleen’s guide to double-checking all of your bank and credit card transactions to avoid overpayments and catch potential problems
Wednesday, July 28th at 11:00am ET


Week 5
Your Numbers at a Glance


A designer’s walkthrough of profit and loss, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and how to dive deeper. Plus: How to filter for gold nuggets!
Wednesday, August 4th at 11:00am ET

Week 6
Q&A and Wrap-Up


How to move forward and maintain the habits that will guide your financials for years to come. Kathleen will answer all of your outstanding questions!
Wednesday, August 11th at 11:00am ET

LuAnn Nigara
Meet Kathleen Anderson


Kathleen Anderson is a designer and entrepreneur delivering full-service interiors, design-build projects, window treatments, and more. With a BA in Interior Design and a Masters Degree in Architecture, she knows first-hand that business knowledge is what completes the trifecta needed to build and run a successful design firm.

Step up and own your finances.

There is no substitute for the confidence that comes from truly knowing your numbers. Bookkeeping doesn’t have to be blindly outsourced.

Knowing what is happening in your books is empowering and 100% necessary—for a newer business and as you grow.

  • Stop feeling like bookkeeping is something mysterious that you will never understand—we’ll skip the jargon and put it all in straightforward, design-specific terms
  • Feel comfortable and confident that things aren’t happening in the financial side of your business without your knowledge (because we’ve all heard at least one horror story)
  • Know how to gut-check your financials and where to quickly check when things seem off
  • And much more…

Ready to create a strong foundation for your finances? To get the best possible systems in place—right from the beginning?

What's Included?

  • LIVE VIDEO COACHING CALLS WITH 6 SPECIFIC TOPICS: 6 weeks of 1 hour and 15 minute live zoom video coaching with 1 hour of your instructor teaching and 15 minutes of live Q&A.

  • PRIVATE CONVERSATION BOARDS FOR EVERYONE IN THE COURSE: Sometimes we need to try something or think about it further...and then we look for clarification. This group is for collaboration, victories and trouble-shooting. Your instructor, LuAnn, and your peers will deepen your understanding of the content.

  • RECORDED CLASSES: Can't make one of the classes? Recordings of each class will be available the next day! Simply log in to your account at luannnigara.com to access them. We will send you instructions.

Online Bookkeeping 101

Use Quickbooks to Get the Right Financial Framework in Place

Summer Quarter Kicks Off on July 7th

Check back at luannuniversity.com for updates as we launch the curriculum for our next quarter!


  • Where do we meet? How long are the meetings?

    We meet each week via livestream. Expect an email with instructions a few days before your class begins.

    Each meeting is one hour and fifteen minutes of live coaching with a combination of dynamic teaching (expect tons of real-world examples!) and live Q&A.

  • I can't make one of those dates! What should I do?

    No problem! Recordings of each class will be available the next day.

    And don’t forget the Conversation Boards! Your instructor will be there each week for additional Q&A and more opportunity to understand the concepts. Even if you are in a different time zone, you can sign up and get full value from this course.

  • This sounds amazing, but what if I'm not satisfied?

    No worries. If you're not delighted, then LuAnn and your instructor would definitely like to hear from you! Reach out within ten days of the last meeting.

  • Tell me more about the Conversation Boards...

    Your instructor will be checking in on your Conversation Board at least a few times a week to answer any questions that you post. You will also be able to interact with your classmates, continue discussions from your sessions, and share wins as you put your new-found skills into practice.

  • What are the dates and times of the course meetings?

    We meet on Wednesdays for six weeks at 11:00am ET.

What Level is Your Design Business?