Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Micro Business for Teens By Carol Topp Blog Tour w/Review!

This is a book that belongs in every teen's library. I was privileged to be able to review it and I am very pleased with all the information that is packed into this one book. You can't go wrong with it! So, read below for some more info on the book itself and learn how you can enter for the whole set of Micro Business For Teens! Stay tuned:)

Starting a Micro Business is a practical guide for teenagers who want to earn money without losing their lives. This book is not only an ideal resource for parents and grandparents, it also has a strong appeal to the homeschool community.

(Cincinnati, OH) With unemployment rates high, the teen population is finding it harder and harder to find work. Adults are competing for the same minimum wage jobs. But there’s an alternative—starting a micro business. What is a micro business? It is a very small, one-person business that you can start easily and quickly with what you already know or own. No money needed, low risk and no debt! Students can spend as much time running a micro business as they wish and can even close it down during busy times. The best advantage for teens to own a micro business is that it not only brings in extra cash (often more than imagined), but students end up learning a great deal about business, money and themselves. It may lead to an entrepreneurial life or at the very least, prepare students for higher learning opportunities.
Starting a Micro Business will help teenagers earn money while learning how to start their own business. A micro business is simple to start, usually home-based, low risk, educational and easy for a busy student to run. This book offers ideas, a business plan, starting with no debt, pitfalls to avoid and resources to get a teenager started making money running their own micro business.

Carol Topp, CPA advises teenage business owners though her Micro Business for Teens book series. Carol’s day job is accountant to business owners, and she enjoys teaching teenagers to succeed beyond their dreams. Students appreciate how she shares what they need to know in clear and helpful lessons. Her website is MicroBusinessForTeens.comSpring Cleaning: A Time For a Teenager to Make Money
by Carol Topp
Here are some ideas for a micro business a teenager can start this spring:
  • House cleaning: Offer to tackle large jobs like washing windows, moving furniture, etc. Many people are grateful for a young, strong teenager to help them with heavy lifting. What is easy for you might be very difficult for them, especially if they are an older person.
  • Routine house cleaning: Some customers need regular house cleaning and may hire you on a weekly or monthly basis. Don't wait for them to ask: offer to come weekly or twice a month and see what they say.
  • Attic cleaning: Offer to help people do a job that they put off, such as cleaning an attic.
  • Garage cleaning: A big job that can earn you big bucks!
  • Yard cleanup: Offer to trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and spread mulch to spruce up a yard.
  • Car and van cleaning: People spend a lot of time in their automobiles and their cars and vans need frequent cleaning. Melissa gladly paid to get her van cleaned inside and out every week because her four children could really make a mess in it. You can make some cash by offering to clean a van inside and out.
  • Organize. Organize a house, playroom or garage. Charge the customer for any bins, tubs and labels that you purchase for them and then add on the value of your time. Take before and after photos to use on your advertising fliers.
  • Declutter: Do you love HGTV shows on organization? You might be able to find someone to hire you to declutter their house like you see on TV.
  • Garage sales: Advertise, organize and run a garage sale for your neighbors. Get several neighbors to participate together and really earn the bucks!
  • eBay sales: Offer to sell your neighbors' stuff on eBay and take a cut for yourself. Combine the decluttering, garage sale and eBay tasks into a full package to help your customers profit from their excess stuff.
SO! Sound like a set of books you want to get for your homeschool family? Or for your teenage relative who wants to start earning money now? I am telling you, this is the set of books to get! I was so impressed and Carol has down to earth information that teens can understand while also giving ideas that don't hold them back. Let them go with this book.

The Complete Set of Carol Topp's Micro Business for Teens Series
(Winner will receive the four books shown below)
Now, for the giveaway you will have your name entered in the draw for this beautiful set of books. It is the whole series by Carol Topp. Everyone who leaves a comment gets their name thrown in the basket for the grand prize.

To enter, let me know who you would give these to. It can be a relative, a friend or as a gift. Just tell me who:) It might even be you.
On April 22nd I will email KCWC with all the names of people who commented on this post and they will be put in for the grand prize. The more blogs you comment on the more entries:) So watch for the other blogs on tour.

This giveaway is sponsored by the author and Kathy Carlton Willis Communications. I did not receive any monetary compensation, just a book for review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine.


Carol Topp, CPA said...

Thank you Charity, for your kind words. I appreciate your time to help me tell others about starting a micro business.

You read the first book, Starting a Micro Business. It's followed by a second book Running a Micro Business and then a third book, Money and Taxes in a Micro Business. Students can read each book as needed and as their business grows.

The Micro Business for Teens Workbook is designed for a student to apply what they read in the Starting and Running books and works great in a group or class setting.

I taught 10 teenagers using the workbook last semester and we had a lot of fun. One boy recently told me he is making $100 a month giving guitar lessons.

My website has sample pages and a Table of Contents for each book.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

Carol Topp, CPA
Author Micro Business For Teens series

Colleen said...

What a great idea for a series of books. I would love to give them to my two daughters. My 17 year old has discovered that her very part time job just doesn't cover expense (car usually) and wants to find a way to make more money and my pre-teen sees that her sister has her own money and wants to earn money as well. Silly her, she thinks that if she earns it I can't tell her how to spend it.

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