What Do You Give an Entrepreneur for Christmas?

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Carol Topp, host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some unique gift ideas for the entrepreneur in your family.

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Gifts for Entrepreneurs just starting:

White Board  and markers (for brainstorming). See Dollars and Sense Show #27 Brainstorming Micro Business Ideas

Books:

EIN (from IRS.gov) and DBA (Doing Business As name registration in your county or state)

Consultation with an accountant. Contact me, Carol Topp, CPA!

 

Marketing Gifts for Entrepreneurs:

Logo design. I use The Graphic Lady. (listen how I completely messed up her website name in the podcast!)

Business cards. VistaPrint.com is where I get mine printed.

Banners, brochures, posters, postcards, etc (Vistaprint again!)

Website hosting and domain name. I use MomWebs.com (but you don’t have to be a mom!)

WordPress Premium Theme or Plugins. I could spent a lot of money at Studio Press and  WPMUDev!

 

Gifts for Entrepreneurs who are up and running a micro business

Tax return with a local CPA

Virtual assistant to help with 100 things like blogging, social media, video production, audio editing, etc.

Technology: flash drives, PCs, iPads, cameras, etc.

Sales awards

 

Here are some lists from others on Christmas gifts for entrepreneurs

http://mashable.com/2014/06/14/entrepreneur-grad-gifts/

http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com/top-20-gifts-for-entrepreneurs/

 

If you’d like to give me a Christmas gift, I’s like a review on iTunes. (click on View in iTunes to leave a review)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Carol Topp, CPA

Video: What’s The Going Rate For eBooks?

Video: What's The Going Rate for eBooks?

Have you ever wondered if there was a set rate for selling eBooks? Carol Topp discusses this in a video segment below. Watch as she also shares the differences in royalty rates for self-publishing vs. traditional publishing as well:

If you have questions, you should watch Carol’s video on the publishing options available for print and digital. Should you decide to try your hand at traditional publication, Carol also has a video listing the pros and cons.

Good luck on your writing and I hope to see you on virtual or physical book shelves!

Video: Two Types of Publishing

Video Two Types of Publishing

Carol Topp shares with you a basic understanding of the two types of publishing offered for authors. The first being traditional publishing, where your book or books are picked up by a publisher like HarperCollins or Zondervan. The second is self-publishing, where you take your book and publish it yourself. Watch the video below to find out a little bit more about the world of publishing:

If you have questions, you should watch Carol’s video on the publishing options available for print and digital. Should you decide to try your hand at traditional publication, Carol also has a video listing the pros and cons.

Good luck on your writing and I hope to see you on virtual or physical book shelves!

5 Amazing Authors Who Were Published as Teenagers

6 Amazing Authors Who Were Published as Teenagers

From historic and iconic author, Mary Shelly, to modern young adult author, Rachel Coker. Many books have been published by young teenage authors. In the video below, Carol Topp showcases just a handful of authors who have made it big with their published works. The video should be an inspiration to young aspiring authors just like yourself and should empower you to never give up on your dream!

If you ever dreamed of becoming a published author, you should seriously consider either starting or finishing a book. Then when the time comes, you can either traditionally publish or self-publish.

If you have questions, you should watch Carol’s video on the publishing options available for print and digital. Should you decide to try your hand at traditional publication, Carol also has a video listing the pros and cons.

Good luck on your writing and I hope to see you on virtual or physical book shelves!

Tips from parents of entrepreneurs

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Are you hoping to raise an entrepreneur?

Maybe your child is full of ideas to make money.

You’ll enjoying meeting 3 parents of teen entrepreneurs in this episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast.

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In this podcast, 3 parents, Bob, Suzanne and Jennifer, shared their experiences of how they encouraged their entrepreneurial teenagers. They discussed:

  • Their role as a parent
  • How to school work fit into their students’ lives?
  • What was most difficult for their child?
  • When should a parent step in?
  • How do you encourage entrepreneurship?

Some of their advice:

  • Don’t let school get in the way of your eduction (paraphrasing Mark Twain)
  • Arrange to get schoolwork done first. Balance schedule and manage time.
  • HALT-Never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired
  • Encourage, knock down obstacles.
  • Work with school to make changes in start time.
  • Find resources, field ideas with your student
  • Encourage. Recognize milestones and achievements. Get advisers.

If you have a teenager who want to make money check out the Micro Business for Teens books and videos.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. (click on View in iTunes to leave a review)

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Thank you!

Carol Topp

Your Sales Presentation: How and Why You Need to Write One

 Your Sales Presentation: How and Why You Need to Write One

Quick! A person on the street walks up to you and asks what your business is. Can you explain it to him in as little as 30 seconds?

A sales presentation is able to describe your product or service to the customer in a quick bite-sized package. It’s kind of like a TV commercial. While you can take up to two minutes to describe the product or service, it’s best to keep it as short as possible!

When writing down and memorizing a sales presentation, you should include these 8 components to make it fantastic:

  1. An introduction to yourself and your business name
  2. A description of what your main product or service is
  3. Two or three main benefits that your product or service provides
  4. A brief demonstration, sample, or picture, if possible (Tip! Keep a catalog of photos on your smart phone for easy reference)
  5. A sales statement or tagline
  6. Your price
  7. How a customer can reach you to buy
  8. A call to action

A sales presentation can be used for more than just the person on the street who walks up to you and asks about your business. You can use it as trade fairs, craft shows, or even in a video that you post on your website.

You should also scale your main message of the sale presentation into long and short versions. This is perfect when you’re in a situation where someone is interested in your product, but only has a short timeframe to hear about it.

Just remember, there are many uses to a sales presentation. It’s highly recommended that you write one as soon as possible. That way you never get tongue-tied if someone asks you about your business.

Did you learn from this post? If so, you should check out the book that it was excerpted from, Running a Micro Business. In the book, you’ll learn how to: advertise your micro business to your target customer, what you need to do to keep your micro business running legally, keep records for tax time, and much more! You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon or through the Micro Business for Teens website.

Video: Can a Self Published Author Be Picked up by a Traditional Publisher?

Video Can A Self Published Author Be Picked Up By a Traditional Publisher?

Can a Self Published Author Be Picked up by a Traditional Publisher? This is a question that was asked at the Cincinnati Home School convention to Carol Topp, who was giving a workshop on “How You or Your Teenager Can Become a Published Author”. Watch below to see Carol’s response:

Starting a Micro Business shares with you the steps you need to take for setting yourself up to be your own publishing business. From the idea, to the business plan, to setting up a bank account, Carol’s book walks you through it all! Check it out on Amazon or on MicroBusinessForTeens.

Video: Is It a Good Idea to Blog Your Novel?

Video: Is It a Good Idea To Blog Your Novel?

Should you take your novel and post it for free on your blog to build a following? This is a question that was asked at the Cincinnati Home School Convention while Carol Topp was speaking on “How you or your teenager can become a published author”.

Watch the video below to see Carol’s response to the question:

Starting a Micro Business shares with you the steps you need to take for setting yourself up to be your own publishing business. From the idea, to the business plan, to setting up a bank account, Carol’s book walks you through it all! Check it out on Amazon or on MicroBusinessForTeens.

Dollars and Sense Show podcast is a year old! Win an iPad Mini!

My podcast Dollars and Sense Show is part of a podcast network, The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network (but you don’t have to be a homeschooler to listen to my podcasts!!).

It’s a year old this month and you can win a birthday gift-an iPad mini!

WiniPadUHRN

 

Enter here:

http://ultimateradioshow.com/giveaways/

You can also win a $25 gift card and other prizes. The celebration goes all the month of October.

Listen to my podcast Dollars and Sense Show. There are several episodes on starting or running a micro business.

If you like it, please leave a review on iTunes. Thanks!

 

Carol Topp

Brainstorming micro business ideas

 

Do you need an idea for a micro business?

In this podcast, Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp, interviewed teenagers doing a brainstorming exercise on micro business ideas.

Listen in and you’ll be impressed by the terrific micro business ideas they came up with!

Some of the audio is a bit difficult to hear because the room was full of a lot of brainstorming activity!

Photos of the student’s brainstorming.

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If you’d like more micro business ideas visit MicroBusinessForTeens.com idea blog posts.

or the Micro Business for Teens Ideas Pinterest page

Starting a Micro Business for Teens BookDo you have a great idea and need help starting your micro business? Micro Business for Teens books and videos will get you started.

Carol Topp