Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Microbusiness for Teen Tips with Carol Topp - enter the drawing

Starting a Micro Business for Teens
By Carol Topp
c. 2010
Ambassador Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-09829245-0-1
Retail price: $9.95

This nifty little book sets out to make a big difference in encouraging families with teens who are interested in more than setting up a lemonade stand or playing around with real dollars. Topp's reason for adding this book to her collection of teen helps is that she wanted to create a useful and practical guide for teens, written by a mom who had teens, and include the inspiration reasons behind stewardship.

Each chapter, from the introduction of "What is a Micro Business" through the practical steps of figuring out suitable ideas to making them work and how to establish realistic goals, is filled with brief paragraphs of advice in easy-to-understand and follow tips, and ends with bullet-pointed Important Points. I loved her sample Business Plan, her encouragement, even the word-for-word advice for shy teens when they are encouraged to seek advice over the phone or in person from help desks or professionals.

Topp doesn't stop when the micro business is set up; she makes sure all accountable areas are covered, particularly with licensing and the all-important responsible government cut. Kudos to Topp for this wonderful and practical guide.

Carol Topp is a CPA who advises teenage business owners. Visit her web site:

The Complete Set of Carol Topp's Micro Business for Teens Series
(Winner will receive the four books shown below)

Starting a Micro Business
ISBN: 978-0-09829245-0-1
Retail price: $9.95
Running a Micro Business
ISBN: 978-0-09829245-1-8
Retail price: $9.95
Money and Taxes in a Micro Business
ISBN: 978-0-09829245-3-2
Retail price: $9.95
The Micro Business for Teens Workbook
ISBN: 978-0-09829245-2-5
Retail price: $14.95

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