More on Starting a Micro Business Podcast #55


There’s lots to learn about starting a running a micro business, so join Carol Topp, host of the Dollars and Sense podcast.

In this podcast, Carol shares information on creating a mini business plan and pitfalls to avoid to help you launch successfully.
Carol also took time to answer questions from the audience on taxes.

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Learn more about starting a running a micro business at

To learn more about taxes that teenagers might need to pay visit

Carol mentions a YouTube video that features 6 teenagers and their micro businesses

Sale on Micro Business for Teens books

In celebration of my 50th podcast episode, I’m offering a sale on my Micro Business for Teens books.


I rarely offer sales on my Micro Business books, so grab your copies today. The sale runs only through the month of September 2015.

(The price will be reflected at checkout through my website)

My 50th podcast episode is 30+ Micro Business Ideas


Listen as I share more than 30 micro business ideas a teenager (or a parent ) can start quickly and easily.

More podcast episodes on starting and running a micro business

All my Micro Business for Teens books

Starting a Micro Business video (an hour long public television program on YouTube)

Podcast episodes for micro business owners


I’m pleased to announce my 50th episode of my podcast, The Dollars and Sense Show will be airing later this week. I’ve been podcasting for 2 years and have gathered quite a collection of podcasts about starting and running a micro business.

To celebrate the 50th podcast episode I’ve put my Micro Business for Teens books on sale. 25% off during the month of September.

Here’s a sampling of podcasts. Click on the title and you can listen to each podcast. All have show notes and many have handouts too.



Here’s a list of all my podcasts related to micro businesses

Here’s the link to all 50 of my podcast episodes.

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Teenagers Can Become Published Authors (Part 2)


Host of the Dollars and Sense podcast, Carol Topp, is joined by teen author Rachel Coker in this presentation where they discuss traditional versus self publishing, building a platform, and how a parent can help get their child published in Part 2. Rachel and Carol answer audience questions about getting published.

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Listen to Part 1

Here’s a helpful Handout.

Rachel’s website

Teenagers: How You Can Become a Published Author

It is easier than ever to become a published author. Even a child can be published!

Host Carol Topp is joined by teen author Rachel Coker in this pre-recorded presentation.

Listen as Carol and Rachel discusses traditional versus self publishing in Part 1.

Listen here

Here’s a helpful Handout.

Rachel’s website


Entrepreneurship Contest 2015


Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and College Plus are sponsoring an entrepreneurship contest this summer.

Prizes include CASH (!), consultation on marketing, college class in entrepreneurship and a college scholarship.

To participate, students need to do the following:

  1. Create and implement a business plan. (The contest is for new businesses only. The business cannot have been in existence prior to May 2015.)
  2. Include visual aids: product, website if applicable.
  3. Produce a video, 5 minutes or less in length. (See contest details for more information.)
  4. Upload the completed video to YouTube or Vimeo, and send us the link by August 31, 2015.

Entries must be submitted by August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced at the IEW webinar on September 28th, 2015. Students who started a business shortly before the opening of the contest may still apply, but the staff at IEW will review each entry regarding eligibility.

Click here to download complete details of contest.

Have you started your business? Have questions? Need help? See our FAQ page.

Entrepreneurship: The Great Opportunity for Students webinar.


Join me on a webinar tomorrow night (Tues June 9 at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT) discussing: Entrepreneurship: The Great Opportunity for Students.

A panel of entrepreneurs will discuss:

  • 5 steps to turning your ideas into a business
  • The common pitfalls of entrepreneurs
  • 3 reasons every teen should start a business


In this webinar, panelists will discuss the prospect of starting a business from the perspective of a student. They’ll share tips and tricks, discuss the common mistakes and barriers when starting a business, and explain how to overcome unexpected challenges.

Sponsored by CollegePlus.


Register here and join me Tuesday night!

Carol Topp, CPA

Start a micro business this summer! Part 1


It’s summertime and  that means it’s a great time to start a micro business-especially for teenagers.

Listen to this episode of the Dollar and Sense podcast as host, Carol Topp, and her guest, teenage micro business owner, Rachel Coker, explain the best type of businesses a teenager can start this summer.

Listen to the podcast

Here are some micro business ideas Carol and Rachel shared:

Business Ideas: Products

Crafts, clothing, sports-related shirts/towels, bracelets, pet food, baked food/candy/cakes, jewelry, books, ebooks, CDs,  iPhone/iPad apps

Business Ideas: Services

Tutoring, Childcare, Music lessons, Editing papers, Web design, Pet Sitter/Dog Walker, Bookkeeping, Event planner, Virtual assistant, Writer/Author/Blogger, Lawn care, Cleaning/Clutter control, Writing coach


Check out the Micro Business for Teens books and videos

For more ideas visit the Micro Business for Teens Pinterest page.


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Summer micro business idea: Flip Flops

Summer time means flip flops! Try decorating them in unique ways as a micro business this summer.

Get inspiration form Pinterest, Etsy or Madison Robinson, who had the idea to turn ordinary flip flops into extraordinary sea-themed fish flops with battery powered lights.

Madison’s Fish Flop shoes have now gone on to sell more than 60,000 pairs and have made her more than $1.2 million dollars! Fish Flops are now sold in Nordstrom and Macy stores nationwide. You can read more of Madison’s amazing success story here.  This story is courtesy of Forbes.

Warning! When decorating flip flops don’t copy any professional sports teams logos or you’ll be in hot water!


Make sure to take time this summer and learn more about business. Starting a Micro Business is a great place to begin.

Carol Topp, CPA

Summer micro business idea: Snow Cone Truck

© by Sean Loyless

Looking for a job one summer, 17 year old Iowa teen Austin Moss, stumbled across a snow cone business online.

Austin borrowed money from his grandparents to buy a truck, took a few financial classes, and then got a permit from his city for ASM Shaved Ice

He ran a successful shaved ice business during the summer! As a mobile business, Austin sells shaved ice from his truck and also has worked for companies and private parties.

You can start a micro business just like Austin! Read my book series, Micro Business for Teens, to get started.

Carol Topp, CPA