Video: Publishing Options for Print and Electronic Books

Video: Publishing Options for Print and Electronic Books

Thinking about self-publishing your own book? Watch the video below as Carol Topp, author of the Micro Business for Teens series, explains the different publishing options available to authors. She goes through both digital self-publishing options and print self-publishing options so you can find the option that works for you.

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Now that you know a little bit more about the publishing options available to you, have you considered starting a micro business as an author? You’ve already seen the amazing advancements in the digital publishing industry! The cost for Self-publishing is relatively low!

Curriculum setIf you’re thinking about starting a micro business as an author, you should check out my series of books, Micro Business for Teens. In the first book, Starting a Micro Business, I discuss how you can setup your own successful business. I walk you through writing out a business plan and the potential problems that can arise from a business.

In my second book, Running a Micro Business, you learn more about the sales and marketing side of running a micro business. This is very important for authors if they want to sell more books.

Finally in my third book, Money and Taxes in a Micro Business, I discuss filing for federal and state income tax. Also mentioned is sales taxes and whether or not you need to collect it. This is very important when selling books! You’ll also learn about setting up your tax id, something many self-publishing print-on-demand companies require! Check out my books today and start your micro business for success!

Video: Will an Author’s Travel Costs Be Paid by the Publisher?

Video: Will an Author's Travel Costs Be Paid by the Publisher?

When you become a published author, does the publisher pay for your travel expenses? This question comes up a lot from new authors looking to get their books published. This question is especially important for authors who love traveling to new places! Listen to Rachel Coker, a teenage author and micro business owner, explain how Zondervan (her publisher) covers her travel costs in the video below:

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Interested in starting a micro business as an author? With the amazing advancements in the digital publishing industry, it’s now possible for you to self-publish your own book of poems, short stories, or even a novel! The cost for Self-publishing is relatively low!

Curriculum setIf you’re thinking about starting a micro business as an author, you should check out my series of books, Micro Business for Teens. In the first book, Starting a Micro Business, I discuss how you can setup your own successful business. I walk you through writing out a business plan and the potential problems that can arise from a business.

In my second book, Running a Micro Business, you learn more about the sales and marketing side of running a micro business. This is very important for authors if they want to sell more books.

Finally in my third book, Money and Taxes in a Micro Business, I discuss filing for federal and state income tax. Also mentioned is sales taxes and whether or not you need to collect it. This is very important when selling books! You’ll also learn about setting up your tax id, something many self-publishing print-on-demand companies require! Check out my books today and start your micro business for success!

Career Exploration Part 3. Researching possible careers.

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This is the third part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students

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The 4 Step Career Exploration Process

1. Investigate: Discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities.
2. Match possible careers to your personality.
3. Research potential careers to see if there is a fit.
4. Prepare a plan to pursue your career choice.

Episode 21: Career Exploration Part 3: Researching career choices

Visit the Bureau Labor Statistics website at stats.bls.gov/ooh. Record information about possible careers including the education required, prospects, and earnings.

Professional organizations. Google the words “careers in __your chosen career_”. Such as “Careers in dentistry.” When I did that, I found the American Dental Association (the ADA). On their website you can read about becoming a dentist and watch a video on the dentistry career.

Library. Section 331.702 will be helpful.

Camps and classes. Attend a summer camp based on a potential career. Search the internet on “camps for future _your career choice_”. You’ll find camps for future, nurses, lawyers, musicians, etc. Many local colleges sponsor these types of camps. You may even get to live in a college dorm while you attend the camp!

Employment or self-employment Get a job, volunteer your time or a start micro business to test a future career. Micro Business for Teens can help

College course guides. Go online to several colleges and look at their course guides. Do the classes interest you?

Job shadow a worker in your possible career choice for 2-4 hours. Just observe. Ask questions about their day, the variety, what they like and what they don’t like. Ask why they chose this career and what advice they have for you.

 

Listen in to Career Exploration Part 4, Episode 22 of the Dollars and Sense Show when I discuss how to find a college.

Carol Topp, CPA

Video: Can an Author Do Their Own Editing?

A common question that people ask other writers is, “Can you edit your own book?” The short answer, no. Hear Rachel Coker, teenage author of “Chasing Jupiter” and “Interrupted”, explain why you can’t edit your own book:

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Have you ever thought about writing as a business? With the amazing advancements in the digital publishing industry, it’s now possible for you to self-publish your own book of poems, short stories, or even a novel! The cost for Self-publishing is relatively low!

Curriculum setIf you’re thinking about starting a micro business as an author, you should check out my series of books, Micro Business for Teens. In the first book, Starting a Micro Business, I discuss how you can setup your own successful business. I walk you through writing out a business plan and the potential problems that can arise from a business.

In my second book, Running a Micro Business, you learn more about the sales and marketing side of running a micro business. This is very important for authors if they want to sell more books.

Finally in my third book, Money and Taxes in a Micro Business, I discuss filing for federal and state income tax. Also mentioned is sales taxes and whether or not you need to collect it. This is very important when selling books! You’ll also learn about setting up your tax id, something many self-publishing print-on-demand companies require! Check out my books today and start your micro business for success!

Career Exploration Part 2. Personality Tests

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This is the second part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students

Listen here

The 4 Step Career Exploration Process

1. Investigate: Discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities.
2. Match possible careers to your personality.
3. Research potential careers to see if there is a fit.
4. Prepare a plan to pursue your career choice.

Step 1 is to investigate your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities. Start by List skills, interests, talents, and what do you spend time doing.

Also ask your friends and parents to list your strengths and talents.

Personality Tests

There are several online personality tests that can be helpful and fun.
At www.humanmetrics.com —Take the Jung Typology Test. It is free and should take you about 10 minutes.

My tests show I am an ISTJ and some of the careers listed include: Engineering and Accounting! Amazing! Those have been my two major careers!

http://www.keirsey.com/ This website offers another type of personality test. It classifies people into one of four temperaments.

Click on “Take the KTS-II!” in the upper right corner. It asks for an email address. After you determine your temperament, read about it and good jobs for you.
www.careerkey.org—This is a fantastic personality test related to occupations. There is a fee involved of approximately $10, but it is well worth the small fee!
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I also recommend Career Direct from Crown Financial Ministries. It is much more in depth than the others listed above and also considers your personal values and Christian occupations. Cost $80 without a consultant or more if you desire to work with a consultant.

 

Listen in to Career Exploration Part 3, Episode 21 of the Dollars and Sense Show as I discuss how to research possible careers.

Carol Topp, CPA

3 More Reasons Not To Choose A Product-based Business

3 More Reasons Not To Choose a Product-based Business

Last week I wrote a blog post listing 7 Reasons Not To Choose A Product-based Business. Just in case, they didn’t convince you, I’m giving you 3 more.

  1. Record keeping: You may need software to help track your inventory. If you sell more than one or two items, inventory tracking can become too complex to be done on paper or in a spreadsheet. You will probably need to invest in small business software like Quickbooks.
  2. End of year count: Your accountant will need to know the value of your inventory at the end of the year in order to prepare your tax return. Allow some time around December 31 to count every item in storage. Be sure you keep good records on what you paid for each item also
  3. Sales tax: You may need to collect sales tax on products you ship. The sales tax rules and rates vary by state and usually by county and city. The sales tax rules are complex and you should keep excellent, detailed records and get advice from an accountant.

Starting_small-259x300This is why I recommend starting a service-based business in my book, Starting a Micro Business. A service-based business is low-risk, easy to start and easy to close down if need be. It also doesn’t have any inventory to worry about and most often requires no or very little start-up costs. A service-based buy is usually selling what you hold between your ears; your knowledge. Learn more about starting a micro business by grabbing a copy of, Starting a Micro Business, today!

Why a micro business works for teens

Recently the Ozark Ramblings blog reviewed the Micro Business for Teens books. The post gives a nice summary what a micro business is and why it’s such a great way for a teenager to make money.

Some of the characteristics of a micro business and why they work for teens.

  • Simple and fast to start up—Immediate gratification, not months and months of planning.
  • Usually only one worker—no complications of payroll tax, Social Security Administration or unemployment to worry about.
  • Sole proprietorship—no contracts, partnership negotiations, or lawyers to file incorporation documents.  Also makes closing a business much simpler.
  • Little start up money needed—starting a micro business shouldn’t mean taking on debt
  • Usually home-based—no need to rent space, easy to move (when the teen goes to college)
  • Low risk—you don’t have to be the next Bill Gates or create something entirely new, it can be a time-proven option like mowing lawns or babysitting
  • Manageable—teens still need time for school and socializing.  A micro business should be similar to working a part time job.
  • The worker can learn while earning—a teen can earn money and learn time-management, marketing, bookkeeping, customer service, etc.

 

Read other reviews of Micro Business for Teens here.

 

Video: Where’s the Best Place to Find a Literary Agent?

Where's The Best Place to Find a Literary Agent?

In today’s video, Rachel Coker, teenage author and micro business owner, and I discuss how to find an good literary agent. Watch the video, filmed live at a workshop held at the Cincinnati Home School Convention, below:

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Interested in starting a micro business as an author? With the amazing advancements in the digital publishing industry, it’s now possible for you to self-publish your own book of poems, short stories, or even a novel! The cost for Self-publishing is relatively low!

Curriculum setIf you’re thinking about starting a micro business as an author, you should check out my series of books, Micro Business for Teens. In the first book, Starting a Micro Business, I discuss how you can setup your own successful business. I walk you through writing out a business plan and the potential problems that can arise from a business.

In my second book, Running a Micro Business, you learn more about the sales and marketing side of running a micro business. This is very important for authors if they want to sell more books.

Finally in my third book, Money and Taxes in a Micro Business, I discuss filing for federal and state income tax. Also mentioned is sales taxes and whether or not you need to collect it. This is very important when selling books! You’ll also learn about setting up your tax id, something many self-publishing print-on-demand companies require! Check out my books today and start your micro business for success!

7 Reasons Not To Choose A Product-based Business

7 Reasons Not to Choose a Product-based Business

When starting a micro business, the first idea that pops into most people’s minds are to start a product-based business. But the problem is product-based businesses are one of the hardest businesses to run successfully. Here’s why:

  1. Inventory: There are many decisions to consider such as how much to buy and how to pay for inventory.
  2. Storage: You will need a place to store the inventory and space to wrap, label, and ship the packages.
  3. Shipping: It is not cheap to mail products and going to the post office to ship items is time-consuming.
  4. Packaging: You will need boxes, envelopes, labels, packaging, etc., all which costs money and takes up space.
  5. Unsold inventory: What happens if you bought inventory but cannot sell it?
  6. Back Orders: When you run out of inventory, your customers will have to wait until you receive more inventory to ship. Some customers will cancel their orders if they have to wait.
  7. Returns: It is impossible to make everyone happy and you will have to deal with returned products. If there is be nothing wrong with the product, you may be able to resell it, but you may be returned a damaged item. Returns can get expensive because you paid for the shipping initially and may have to pay shipping again to mail a replacement.

Starting_small-259x300This is why I recommend starting a service-based business in my book, Starting a Micro Business. A service-based business is low-risk, easy to start and easy to close down if need be. It also doesn’t have any inventory to worry about and most often requires no or very little start-up costs. A service-based buy is usually selling what you hold between your ears; your knowledge. Learn more about starting a micro business by grabbing a copy of, Starting a Micro Business, today!

Video: Does It Cost Money To Get Published?

What Does It Cost To Get Published? Micro Business for Teens

Have you ever wondered what it costs to get your book published traditionally? Rachel Coker, a teenage author and micro business owner explains what she pays for marketing, book editing, cover design, etc? Spoiler: IT’S ZERO! Watch as she explains below:

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Curriculum SetFor more information about how to start your own micro business and how you can create a Mini Market Survey of your very own, check out my series of books, Micro Business For Teens, available at: MicroBusinessForTeens.com, Amazon.com, and other retailers listed here.