Dollars and Sense Show # 1: What is a micro business and why is it such a great idea?


On the Dollars and Sense first show(yes, show #1!) host Carol Topp discusses:

What is a micro business and why is it such a great idea?

Listen to the show here

Based on her book Starting a Micro Business, Carol explains what a micro business is and why it’s such a great way for a teenager (or mom and dad) to earn money

Show Notes:

What is a micro business

  • Simple and fast to start up
  • Only one worker, the owner
  • Sole proprietorship (only one owner, unlike a partnership or a corporation)
  • Little start up money needed or completely debt free
  • Usually home-based
  • Low risk
  • Manageable
  • Learn while earning

What can you learn?

  • Business skills: customer service, marketing, pricing, record keeping, taxes, etc
  • School skills, math, writing, speaking
  • How to manage time,  balance commitments, multi-task
  • How to overcome shyness, be unique,  gain confidence, overcome fear and express yourself

On the show Carol mentioned a a YouTube video based on her book, Starting a Micro Business.

and her Pinterest page with lots of micro business ideas

Learn more about starting and running a micro business


Tune in for the next Dollars and Sense show on October 24 when Carol will discuss finding and testing a great idea for your micro business


Coming soon: a homeschool radio network (podcasts galore)!

A great bunch of homeschool speakers are lined up to offer radio shows that you can listen to live or download as a podcast.

I’m one of the show hosts! My show will air every other Thursday at 1:00 pm ET and be called the Dollars and Sense Show with Carol Topp. It will focus on a topic of interest to everyone-money!


Upcoming Show Schedule

October 10, 2013 Micro Business for Teens: What is a micro business and why is it such a great idea?
October 24, 2013 Micro Business for Teens: Finding and testing a great idea for your micro business
November 7, 2013 Micro Business for Teens: What a business plan can do for your micro business
November 21, 2013 Unplug the Christmas Machine
December 5, 2013 HomeschoolCPA: Ever thought about starting a homeschool organization?
December 19, 2013 HomeschoolCPA: What is tax exemption and how do I get it?

I’m pretty jazzed about what I have planned for in 2014:

  • How to teach your kids about money, a four show series covering preschool through high school ages.
  • Tax breaks for homeschoolers
  • Five money myths that trip up homeschool moms
  •  Avoiding pitfalls when starting a micro business
  • Easy fundraisers for homeschool groups
  • Career exploration, a four-part series helping teenagers discover a potential career or college major

The website for you to listen live is will launched soon (hopefully by September 19), so until then join the Facebook page to learn more

My show will start Thursday October 10, 2013.

Sign up for my email list (on the home page) to be notified when I have a show dedicated to homeschool leadership!