Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Starting a Micro-Business, For Teens


This is a great book! As I was going through it, I was thinking to myself that I wish I would have had this book when I was a teenager! There are so many good bits of information in here.

It's a well-thought out process, broken down into tiny mini steps, and lots of critical questions are listed as you go through it. These make you think about the little details that can suddenly turn into major obstacles very quickly if they are not addressed. There is lots of thinking outside the box going on here. It has even given me some food for thought!

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.com

Spring 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. (This is an excerpt from Carol's article. Full article available at docstoc.com)

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3 comments:

Becky K. said...

I will be buying this book if we don't happen to win it. It sounds perfect for the direction we are headed in with all of our kids.

Thanks for reviewing it!

Nezzy said...

My oldest grandson works at a Mexican Restaurant to buy gas and insurance for his car. The next oldest who is now 13 began mowin' yards two years ago. He has all the work he can handle. Last year for his birthday he requested a weed~wacker and a new gas tank. It does them good to create their own little business. They will be far, far ahead of their peers when they do thrust into the 'real' world.

Great review sweetie!!!

God bless ya and have an amazin' day! :o)

Carol Topp, CPA said...

Daisy,
Thank you for your kind words. I guess I accomplished my goal to create a helpful and realistic book to help teenagers start a 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 http://MicroBusinessForTeens.com 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