Maire Loughran

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Author of How to Start a Home-Based Jewelry Making Business and Auditing for Dummies
  • Owner of craft-based small business
  • University professor of accounting, auditing, and taxation


Maire Loughran is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed work for five years. She is a certified public accountant and a book author with 15 years' experience assisting new business owners with their startup process, including figuring breakeven point, preparing financial statements, and tax return preparation. As a craft business owner herself, she is very familiar with the unique challenges facing the craft business industry.

Maire has lectured extensively on how to start a new business, covering such topics as selection of business entity, business licenses and sales tax collection, bookkeeping, and how to write a business plan. She is also a university professor teaching accounting, auditing, and taxation classes. A second-generation designer, Maire built her craft business from the ground floor up and writes and lectures on the topic to help others do the same. 


  • Maire holds degrees in Economics and Accounting

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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