If you are thinking about starting a micro business, the Micro Business for Teens books will help you be successful.
Readers from across the USA and even some abroad, share their opinions on the books.
A Class on One writes, “After reading these books, they have learned so much about how to take their business to an organized new level. I think it has really changed their outlook on their money making efforts. No longer are they just doing ‘odd jobs’. They have really seen the potential of allowing these jobs turn into a means of some serious wage earning just by being organized and having a plan.
Laura enjoyed the fact that the really complicated subject matter was explained in a very easily understood way. She did not feel that the books were condescending in any way, like books written for young people often are. She felt that the writing was written in a mature way, which made her take it seriously. She really liked how the author explained legal and business terms. She understood everything, and did not have to ask what it meant. She felt the books instilled confidence by completely equipping her to actually start and carry out a small business plan.
I love how the emphasis is on allowing a business to enhance the student’s life, not on pursuing money for the sake of being rich. I don’t want them to be so hard on chasing money that they neglect their schoolwork, church ministries, youth group, family, or even their own health. I think these books really emphasize that balance well.”
Because I’m Me blog said, “first things he pointed out was that he now knew more than a lot of adults about running a small business. He’s right. He found the information interesting and very empowering – and motivating. The books are easy to read and follow, they’re written for teens so while they’re chock full of information, it’s presented in a down to earth manner.”
I Chose Joy loved the books. “I can’t say enough how much I loved these books. They are short and to the point but packed with invaluable information. I will be using these with all my kids in their teen years. They will learn skills going through the process of starting a micro business that they won’t learn anywhere else.”
One Big Healthy Family wrote, “this program is perfect for independent study.”
Thou Shall Not Whine blog was pretty excited and shared, “Carol Topp writes in a very conversational and real tone. She doesn’t write down to the students but in an encouraging and upbeat educational manner. I am super happy to say that by the time he read the first couple of chapters, he was hooked. He came to me constantly with new ideas for making money.
Before Micro Business for Teens I had never thought of Oscar running his own business. I just figured that like most American teens, he would work for some fast food restaurant while saving money for a car before he went off to college. Pardon my excitement but THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER!!! He has new found motivation that I couldn’t give him.”
Ozark Ramblings.com writes, “I’m sure my son’s college admission or first job offer won’t depend on whether or not he can list all the presidents in order, but for him to be able to state he started and managed his own business… well, that may open a few doors.
If they’ve been groomed for one thing and that thing isn’t available, what are they to do? Thank goodness for home schooling and curriculum like Micro Business for Teens to help prepare our kids for productive and fulfilling futures.”
CFamilyof6.com said, “I like that Carol recommends that a teen totally start their own business instead of selling someone else’s products and how to avoid scams. Both of these books are very easy to understand with no big words. The longest and probably most important chapter is about bookkeeping, which makes sense because this is something you need to know if you’re going to run a business.
The nice thing about this micro business curriculum is that it can be used in either an individual or group setting, and it is self-paced. I really liked that there are quite a few micro business ideas in the book, so if you can’t think of anything else on your own, there are already some great ones to go by.”
Shut the Fridge read the books and decided “that even though I am not a teenager and not in the recommended age range, I was going to use these books to start my own micro business. The books make micro businesses seem very doable. After you are done reading, your mind will probably just be spinning with ideas and possibilities. Mine was.
The thing that got to him was doing the numbers. The author of the book, Carol Topp, is a CPA, and is big on number crunching. The numbers have to make sense. So, I made him figure out what he would make working 20 hours a week at a minimum wage job. Then we figured out how many lawns he would need to mow to make that same amount of money. We talked about the difference in hours to achieve the same money. We talked about his ability to come with us on family trips without worrying about whether he could get the time off or not. Before reading this book, I could not have imagined myself happy about the fact that my son wasn’t going to try to get a job right away this summer. It just really opened my eyes to the possibilities out there.
Remember, micro businesses are to be started with little to no money, so the financial risk to them…or their parents…is minimal, but the opportunity to learn new things is gargantuan.”
Kym at Homeschool Coffee Break said, “His ultimate goal is to own his own trash company. Well, that’s probably not going to be a workable micro business idea at this time, but learning the principles of starting and running a business is a great step towards that goal! Some of their “silly” ideas were very creative and a couple of them were actually fantastic ideas – just not for young teens with limited start-up capital. Who knows – those ideas might become a real business for them somewhere down the road! They are thinking like entrepreneurs (that is a hard word to spell! LOL) and investors rather than just as consumers, which I think is very important.
Upstate Rampblings found, “The workbook was good for brainstorming ideas. My son hasn’t really come up with a business he wants to run yet, although he has a few ideas he is tossing around. He takes pictures for me for the blog sometimes, and he has told me he wants to be paid for his photography now!
SarahElisabeth from the UK wrote this in her Delivering Grace blog, “The chapter on writing a business plan is something that should really be part of everyone’s education. The book was practical particularly around how to make a sale and market the business. Time management is, of course, always relevant especially for teenagers who are balancing other responsibilities with a business. I highly recommend this set of books for anyone who has little or no business experience and has either just opened a business or hopes to open one.”
Circling Through This Life has “some pretty excited teens right now. I’m not a teen but the books have inspired me to think about what I could do for a micro business. In Starting a Micro Business, Ms. Topp explains the difference between a micro business and entrepreneurship. The primary difference is risk. Entrepreneurs are risk takers. That distinction is important for me.
This workbook is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to fully implement the suggestions in the books. My micro business is still in the planning stage, but I wouldn’t have been able to get that far without the help I got from the books. So, thank you Ms. Topp!”