5 Ways You Can Start a Micro Business Without Debt

5 Ways You Can Start Your Own Micro Business Without Debt

Starting a micro business doesn’t mean going into debt to do so. Last week I wrote a blog post on the problems with debt when starting a micro business. This week I wanted to show you some of the best ways you can raise or earn money toward starting your own micro business.

Starting a Micro Business Without Debt

Let’s look at 5 tried and true ways you can start a micro business without debt. Any or all of these ideas can help you generate your start-up cash. Just remember to keep your micro business manageable and as debt free as possible.

#1 Save the Money First

While many small business owners think that they need a loan to start a business, most micros don’t need one! In fact, why would you even want a loan if you don’t need it? A loan puts a drain on your profits!

Rather than getting a loan, consider saving some money first.  Think of it as paying yourself first. If you could pay back a loan, you should be able to save up some money beforehand. Saving up the cash first is better than going into debt.

#2 Start as a Hobby

Have you ever thought about starting your micro business as a hobby? This means you aren’t starting it with the goal of making a profit, rather to break even. This teaches you a lot about marketing, pricing, expenses, etc. But you don’t have to worry about making the profit from your work. Instead you’re aiming to learn a lot.

#3 Find an Investor, But Not a Partner

Investors are willing to make a loan to a new business and may not expect to be repaid for a long period, if ever. Investors could be your parents, grandparents or a business mentor.

The reason I’m against partnerships, especially with friends, is because a partnership is like marriage but without being in love. You are legally responsible for everything good or bad that your partner does to the business. Remember that even a verbal agreement is considered a partnership in the court room. Be careful and consult an attorney before ever striking a partnership with anyone.

 #4 Sell something to raise cash

Items that you no longer use such as: electronics, a musical instrument, or collectables could be sold at a garage sale, on Craigslist, or eBay. This money could be used toward launching your micro business.

#5 Work a temporary job

Sometimes raising money toward starting a micro business means working for someone else initially. Work retail over Christmas or deliver pizzas for a few months to earn some cash.

Not only will this job help raise money for your micro business, it will also teach you time management skills. These are important skills to know when starting your own business.

What Else Do I Need Besides Money When Starting a Micro Business?

Starting a micro business requires way more than just start-up funds. You need a good idea, a solid business plan, and most likely a business mentor. In fact my book, Starting a Micro Business, covers all these topics and much more! I encourage you to check out the book today. It’s available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition as well as on my website.

P.S. The Kindle edition is only $4.95 and can be shared with your family on different Kindles, iPads, iPhones, or other tablet devices! Perfect for homeschooling families on a budget.

Carol Topp

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start a Micro Business With Debt

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Start a Micro Business with Debt

When you start a micro business, it shouldn’t require that you go into debt to do so. In fact, most micro businesses can be started with out any start up funds at all!

One thought for teenagers is to start a small micro business to fund another larger business. When you start a micro business without debt, you’ll be able to pocket more money as profit or put the money back into the business.

Why You Shouldn’t Start a Micro Business With Debt

There are several reasons why I discourage debt when starting a micro business. But you don’t just have to take my word for it! Below are 3 of the most important reasons why you shouldn’t start a micro business with debt. The reasons are backed up with quotes from the Bible and other influential leaders.

#1 Debt Presumes Upon The Future

When you go into debt to start a micro business, you are taking a risk! You are betting that you will have the money in the future that you don’t have today.

This presumption is dangerous because none of us know what lies ahead. It’s really risky for any of us to presume that we can predict the future.

James 4:14 says, “Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow…”

#2 The Use of Debt Encourages Quick or Rash Decisions

If you are able to get a loan quickly or borrow money from your parents, you won’t take the time necessary to consider other funding method. You also won’t be as creative in finding the needed money or equipment.

Remember that careful planning and decision making can really pay off financially. It can also help you avoid many mistakes.

Proverbs 21:5 says, “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Another quote I like is from Benjamin Franklin, “He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.”

#3 Debt Make You a Slave to the Lender

When you in debt, you aren’t free. This is because you are under obligation to pay back what is due to another person.

Debt is a burden that will drag you and your business down.

Remember this verse from Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave to the lender.”

Finding an Alternative

Starting a micro business without debt is very possible. In fact my book, Starting a Micro Business, has a whole chapter dedicated to financing your micro without breaking the bank.

But the book isn’t just about debt and finances. Also talked about is how to find an idea for a business (free chapter is available), how to write out a business plan, how to avoid common problems & pitfalls, and much more! I encourage you to check out the book today. It’s available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition as well as on my website.

P.S. The Kindle edition is only $4.95 and can be shared with your family on different Kindles, iPads, iPhones, or other tablet devices! Perfect for homeschooling families on a budget.

Carol Topp, CPA

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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!

Carol Topp

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.

 

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!

Carol Topp

Start a Micro Business with No Debt (podcast)

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I hate debt-especially for a teenager starting a micro business!

Dollars and Sense host, Carol Topp and guest host, 17 year old Jonah Wilson, discuss 5 dangers of using debt to start a micro business.

Listen here

In the podcast, Carol and Jonah mention Starting a Micro Business, a helpful book (and ebook) that can be very helpful in launching your micro business.

Show Notes:

5 dangers of starting a micro business with debt

  1. Debt presumes on the future
  2. Debt encourages quick decisions, not careful planning6
  3. With debt, you are a slave to lender
  4. A loan can increase the risk of failure
  5. Debt can stop blessings.

 

Video: Should I Start A Micro Business With a Friend?

Have you thought about starting a micro business if a friend? Word of advice, DON’T! In the video below, I explain how starting a micro business with a friend is like getting married. Not only is it like getting married, but if you ever want to end a business with a friend, it can prove to be harder to end than trying to get a divorce!

Watch the video filmed live at my workshop, The Best Micro Business for a Teenager to Start, at the Cincinnati Home School Convention:


micro-mid-1Have you ever had a great idea and thought about starting a micro business? If so, you should check out my book series, Micro Business for Teens. In my books, you’ll gain valuable insight for starting a micro business.

A micro business is a small, simple and fast to start-up, sole-proprietor business that usually consists of one worker, the owner. Micro Businesses are usually low-risk and easy enough for a teenager to manage along with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.

Check out my books today and start your own micro business for success! Available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Createspace, and as a PDF eBook on my website.

Carol Topp CPA

Rachel Coker is 18 and has 4 micro business! Copy her!

 

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Rachel Coker is 18 years old and runs three micro businesses: author, piano teacher, photographer and now she’s adding writing coach!

You should copy her!

Watch the video below as Rachel discusses to a group of parents and teens at the Cincinnati Home School convention, how she started each business. She shares tips and ideas that you can use to start a micro business.

Did Rachel inspire you that you could take your interests and turn them into a money-making micro business?

A micro business is a small, simple and fast to start-up, sole-proprietor business that usually consists of one worker, the owner. Micro Businesses are usually low-risk and easy enough for a teenager to manage along with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.

Check omicro-mid-1ut my books today and start your own micro business for success! Available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Createspace, and as a PDF eBook on my website.

If you do publish (or self-publish) a book, then you’ll benefit from reading my book Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, because writing is a business!

Carol Topp CPA

Rachel Coker, published author at 16. How did she do it?

RachelCokerHave you ever thought about writing a book?

Rachel Coker started writing a book when she was 14 and she became the youngest author to be published by Zondervan, a major Christian publisher.

Watch the video below as Rachel discusses to a group of parents and teens at the Cincinnati Home School convention, how she became published.

Did you know that publishing a book is really a micro business?

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If you do publish (or self-publish) a book, then you’ll benefit from reading my book Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, because writing is a business!

 

A micro business is a small, simple and fast to start-up, sole-proprietor business that usually consists of one worker, the owner. Micro Businesses are usually low-risk and easy enough for a teenager to manage along with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.

Check omicro-mid-1ut my books today and start your own micro business for success! Available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Createspace, and as a PDF eBook on my website.

 

Carol Topp CPA

Video: Should You Sell Services or Products – Starting a Micro Business

Should You Sell Products or Services?Are you wanting to start a micro business, but aren’t sure whether to start a product based business or a service based one? In the video below, I explain the differences between the two.

The biggest reason you might want to consider a service based business over a product based one is because they are easier to support and much more manageable.

As I explain below, product based businesses can be very successful, sometimes too successful. This can lead to a major problem, keeping a stock of inventory.

Watch the video below as I discuss to a group of parents and teens at the Cincinnati Home School convention, the differences between service based businesses and product based businesses:

micro-mid-1Have you ever had a great idea and thought about starting a micro business? If so, you should check out my book series, Micro Business for Teens. In my books, you’ll gain valuable insight for starting a micro business.

A micro business is a small, simple and fast to start-up, sole-proprietor business that usually consists of one worker, the owner. Micro Businesses are usually low-risk and easy enough for a teenager to manage along with schoolwork and other extracurricular activities.

Check out my books today and start your own micro business for success! Available for purchase on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Createspace, and as a PDF eBook on my website.

Carol Topp CPA