15 April 2011

Blog Tour: Starting a Micro Business: Introduction, Review and Giveaways

(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 Businessis 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. Moreover, this book 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.
About author:
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 teenager to start a micro business this spring: 
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Attic cleaning: Offer to help people do a job that they put off, such as cleaning an attic.
4. Garage cleaning: A big job that can earn you big bucks!
5. Yard cleanup: Offer to trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and spread mulch to spruce up a yard.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Garage sales: Advertise, organize and run a garage sale for your neighbors. Get several neighbors to participate together and really earn the bucks!
10. 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)

Giveaway details
# By April 22, 2011, the names of those who commented on the blog tour. They will be entered into the grand prize giveaway.
# On April 25, 2011 KCWC will draw and announce a winner of the grand prize.



Anonymous said...

this is a good post for most teenagers to learn to stand on their own feet!Marvelous!
by the way, selling low cost products, such as some DIY products would be a great idea for teenager to earn some money while learning some life-feeding skills as well!

chandra said...

When i was a teenager i did all this and see these days the Teenager are just behind unnecessary things and very less give importance to part time jobs..anyways thanks for the list!
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