Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Cleaning: A Time for a Teenager to Make Money by Carol Topp


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

If you missed it Visit the book tour and a giveaway offer here.



Spring Cleaning: A Time For a Teenager to Make Money
by Carol Topp
Most people see spring as a time to declutter, clean out and recycle our unneeded stuff—but it is also a
great opportunity for a teenager to make some money. There are several micro businesses a teenager
can start by helping people with spring cleaning.

A micro business is a one-person business that can be started easily, usually without any up-front cash,
using equipment that a teenager already owns. Micro businesses are usually very flexible so a busy
student can keep up with homework, sports, and a social life while still earning some extra money.
They may be temporary, only lasting a few weeks. On top of that, micro businesses are easy to start and
easy to close down.

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.

Do not be too hasty to reject some of these ideas. No one likes any job that has the word “cleaning” in
it, but you will not be doing it for the rest of your life. A micro business based on spring cleaning does
not have to last long—a lot of money can be earned in a few weeks. It may take a bit of planning to be
ready to work when the first signs of spring start.

Tips to get started:

1. Choose what you will offer: cleaning, decluttering, full packages, etc.

2. Who will be your customers? Think of places that people gather and see them as potential
customers. Focus on your neighborhood, your church, or families from your sports team. Make
a list of neighbors, friends, teachers, your parents' friends, etc.

3. Conduct a market survey. Start by asking a few potential customers if they need your service
and what price they are willing to pay.

4. Decide on a price. From the market survey, you should be able to set a fair price. You may get
your first customers by undercharging the competition. One teenager charged half what other
house cleaners were paid and quickly had several customers.

5. Volunteer to do a few jobs for free to practice your skills and to build a reputation. Use
recommendations from these jobs in your advertising.

6. Launch your first advertising campaign. Try to use free advertising such as emails, on-line
forums, Facebook posts, and handing out fliers to friends and neighbors. Be sure to include
several ways to contact you, including email and phone numbers.

Many people are very happy to hire teenagers for spring cleaning jobs. Start advertising your micro
business services now and be ready when spring arrives.

Learn more about Starting a Micro Business book here.



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3 comments:

Carol Topp, CPA said...

Thanks for joining my blog tour!

My book Starting a Micro Business has a lot of ideas of micro businesses that a teenager can start. 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.

I keep adding more ideas as I find them to my website http://MicroBusinessForTeens.com. It also has sample pages and a Table of Contents for each book.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

Good luck to all the contestants!

Carol Topp, CPA
Author Micro Business For Teens series

Carol Topp, CPA said...

Thanks for joining my blog tour!

Starting a Micro Business helps a teenager get an idea and then flesh it out with a very simple business plan. I call it “thinking on paper.” 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!

Good luck to all the contestants!

Carol Topp, CPA
Author Micro Business For Teens series

Lady DragonKeeper said...

My sister's been looking for a summer job, but it's hard to find one ... maybe we could use some of these ideas to make a little extra cash during breaks. Thanks for the chance to win!

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