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)

Entrepreneurship: The Great Opportunity for Students webinar recording available



Back in June, I joined Woody Robertson of College Plus and Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing for a webinar on:

Entrepreneurship: The Great Opportunity for Students

In this webinar, three passionate entrepreneurs discussed 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.

We discussed:

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

If you missed the live webinar, you can view it here:

Entrepreneurship Webinar

I hope you enjoy the webinar!

Carol Topp

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.

Homeschool Heartbeat: Help your student start a micro business

I was pleased to be interviewed by Mike Smith of HSLDA (Home School Leader Defense Association) on their Homeschool Heartbeat program.

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Here’s a bit of the transcript:

Mike: Carol, how can young people take something they enjoy and turn it into a business?

Carol: Well, they do what most business owners do—they find a need that they can fulfill and they meet that need, and someone will pay them for it. So they might meet needs with any talent or skill that they might be good at or better than somebody else.

Mike: What’s a practical first step for starting up a small business like this?

Carol: Well, I think you start with thinking about, obviously, what you’re good at. So kids don’t always give themselves credit, but sometimes they’re better at some things like algebra, Spanish, piano, pet care, pet cleaning. And you start thinking about what could I do to offer these services or offer my talents or skills to somebody else. I call it creating a mini-market plan, where you just think about, “Who could I help? How could I charge them? How can I find them?”

Read the rest of the transcript.


In the interview I mention a public television program Starting a Micro Business. Watch it here.

What Do You Give an Entrepreneur for Christmas?


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

Listen to the podcast here

Gifts for Entrepreneurs just starting:

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


EIN (from 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. is where I get mine printed.

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

Website hosting and domain name. I use (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


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

Tips from parents of entrepreneurs


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.

Listen to the podcast.

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

Making the Sale. Tips for your Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show #24


Show #24 Making the Sale. Tips for your Micro Business.

In this podcast, Carol Topp offers tips to micro business owners on how to complete a sale with a customer.

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Many sales are lost because the sales person never asks the customer to buy. That’s seems unbelievable, but it is true. A business owner can spend a lot of time creating a sales presentation and marketing material, but never bring the customer to the point of actually making a purchase.

There are several techniques you can use to move from a sales pitch to completing a sale including asking questions and using forms.


Ask leading questions

  • Would you prefer _________ or ___________(you show different products)?
  • What is the best day to _____________(offer your service)?
  • When would you like me to start?
  • How many ___________ do you need?
  • Would you like to see a price list?
  • Can I get you an order form?
  • What questions can I answer?
  • Would you like me to do ___________ next?

Put paper in their hand

Use an order form, price list, registration form, agreement of services (engagement letter). I use for order forms. I also collect names and emails on my order form.

What to Do if the Customer Doesn’t Seem Interested

  • Ask if you could give a demonstration or a sample. Say “Would you like to see how this works?” “Would you like to taste a sample?”
  • Provide additional information by asking, “Do you have any questions?”
  • Ask if they would like a flier, brochure, or price list. Try to leave something in their ?hands.
  • Ask if they have a friend or neighbor who could use your service. ?Always be polite and thank them for their time or for listening to you, even if they say no. They will remember your politeness and may contact you in the future.


Join Carol’s other podcasts for micro business owners on Creating a Sales Presentation and What to Do If You Don’t Get Paid.

Learn more about starting and running a micro business at



Creating a Sales Presentation for your Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show #23


Show #23 Creating a Sales Presentation

In this podcast, Carol Topp helps micro business owners create a sales presentation.

LISTEN to the podcast

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What is a Sales Presentation?

  • Short, 15-30 seconds. Like a TV commercial
  • Could be in person or used on website, flyer
  • Includes a short sales statement (tag line)

Parts of Sales Presentation

  • Your name and business name
  • Main product or service
  • 2-3 benefits to customer (not features)
  • Demonstration, sample or photo
  • Uniqueness
  • Price
  • Contact information
  • Call to action

Example; Adam, birthday party entertainer

I’m Adam (name) and I visit children’s birthday parties (business) as Jedi Master. I can train your child and his friends in light saber fighting (main benefit). It is perfectly safe, because I use Styrofoam pool “noodles” as light sabers (second benefit). Let me demonstrate (demonstration). I’m avail- able for birthday parties where I come in costume and offer games, stories, demonstrations and dueling practice. Here’s a brochure describing my prices and how to contact me (price and contact information). Does your child dream of becoming a Jedi knight? (tag line) Give me a call. (call to action).

Example: William Lynch Floral designer at

Flowers (main product) bring color and life to any space (benefit) – be it the office, hotel, home or chapel – and any occasion – including weddings, memorial service or other special event. At Lynch Design (name), we know how flowers can set the style for your room or event, or bring a smile to the face of a colleague, friend or loved one (benefits). Whether you’re looking for classic, contemporary, elegant, fun, or unique designs – or arrangements that convey love and friendship (uniqueness) – our floral design experts can do it all. Shop online or contact us phone number (contact and call to action).


Join Carol’s upcoming podcasts for micro business owners on Making the Sale and What to Do If You Don’t Get Paid.

Learn more about starting and running a micro business at


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!