The Micro Business Club 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 club will encourage students to come up with a viable business idea, avoid pitfalls, and start their business with no debt. The student projects will include: brainstorming ideas, conducting surveys to test their ideas, and creating a business plan. The second semester will explain sales and marketing techniques and wrap up with tips on customer service to keep the micro business going. Students will create business cards and flyers, design a website, and practice making a sales pitch.
The Micro Business Club will be led by author and accountant Carol Topp, CPA who has encouraged thousands of teenagers to start a micro business through her presentations, PBS television show, and the Micro Business for Teens curriculum. The club projects will include worksheets from Carol’s Micro Business for Teens Workbook. Purchasing Carol’s books on Starting a Micro Business and Running a Micro Business is not essential, but the books will greatly enhance the club experience for an enthusiastic student.
Carol’s got a really neat vision for young people doing creative, productive, but realistic things. I liked the balance she strikes between neat opportunities to serve customers and earn money, and the fact that they’re students and any business project has to take that into account.—Melanie Young, Mother of 6 sons and 2 daughters and author of Raising Real Men
When my son started his teen business—which he eventually sold in a million dollar deal—he had little knowledge about how to structure it and handle the tax side. It was Carol Topp who helped him learn how to set up his business, keep records, plan for future growth, and put money away for retirement.—Chris Santoro, Madeira, Ohio
As an accounting professor, I have been teaching college students to prepare business plans for startup businesses for more than ten years. Carol Topp’s book, Starting a Micro Business, is the first business planning resource that I have seen that is geared specifically for teens who are thinking of starting a business.—Michael P. Licata, Ph.D, Accounting Professor Villanova University
The book was amazing! With it I am making double minimum wage and I’m not even old enough to work at McDonalds! The book has taught me that I don’t have to be 15 to have a job! Starting a Micro Business for Teens has taught me how to manage my time and money wisely between my business, school, and other activities.—Ethan Eversole., age 14
This class was very helpful for me. I’m glad I was a part of it. Mrs. Topp rocks 🙂—Abigail Hughes., age 15