Dollars & Sense

 itunespodcast
DollarAndSenseButton

Join Carol Topp as she discusses a topic of interest to everyone-money!

Host Carol Topp

Host Carol Topp

Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, is an accountant, author and retired homeschool mom (after 14 years both her daughters are homeschool, high school graduates). She takes confusing topics such as money, business, and taxes and puts them into easy-to-understand English.

On the show Carol will discuss:

The Dollars and Sense  show is aired every other Thursday at 1:0o pm ET.Listen to the shows below or download to your podcast player.

How to Listen to the Podcast

  • You can listen to the podcast here on the internet by scrolling down to view the episodes. Click the play button.
  • Download to your iPod or MP3 player. Copy this feed or click the orange RSS icon in the top left corner of this page.
  • Use a podcast app on your smart phone. I use Downcast. It automatically downloads new episodes of my favorite podcasts.
  • Subscribe via iTunes. (or click the purple iTunes icon at the top left corner of this page)

Upcoming Show Schedule:

  • Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage: Know What You’re Getting Into!
  • 30+ Micro Business Ideas
  • Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out
  • Starting a Micro Business
  • Learn Real Life Skills from Starting a Micro Business
  • Top(p) Ten Tips for Running a Homeschool Organization
  • Career Exploration

(Click on the title of any episode below to be linked to the show notes for that episode.)

 

 

Dollars & Sense Episodes

Teaching Life Skills

Teaching Life Skills For Teens by Carol Topp In the first part of this episode Carol talks about life skills and the importance of not leaving home without them. In this broadcast, she continues the seminar answering parent questions and giving examples about teens who are successful and suggestions that increase success. Visit Carol’s website […]

Life Skills Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Live Skills Don’t Leave Home Without Them with Carol Topp, CPA Show Notes: When it is time to leave home, most teens are expected to take care of themselves – but do they know how? What are some basic life skills necessary for your highschoolers? And, more importantly do they have them? In this episode, […]

Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage Part 2

Leading a homeschool organization can be like marriage. It takes sacrifice, but it can be hugely rewarding. Carol Topp shares insights on leadership from Hebrews Chapter 13 with a group of homeschool leaders in this 2nd part of a 2-part episode. She shares 3 warning of attitudes to avoid. Listen to Part 1.  where Carol […]

Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage Part 1

Leading a homeschool organization is a lot like marriage. It takes, time, money and sacrifice, but it can be hugely rewarding. Join Carol Topp as she addresses a group of homeschool leaders and encourages them in the important work they are doing, but  also reminds them to not try and meet everyone’s expectations. For more […]

More of Starting a Micro Business. Episode #55

There’s lots to learn about starting a running a micro business, so join author and accountant Carol Topp in this podcast. She shares information on creating a mini business plan and pitfalls to avoid to help you launch successfully. Carol also took time to answer questions from the audience on taxes. Learn more about starting […]

Starting a Micro Business. Episode #54

Interested in making money and learning a lot about how to run a business? Try starting with a micro business. Author and accountant, Carol Topp, explains to an audience of teenagers and parents how to start a micro business. She explains what a micro business is and how to get started. To learn more about […]

More on Homeschool Co-ops. Episode #53

This podcast covers more tips to starting a homeschool co-op from Carol Topp, CPA the author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. Carol answers questions from homeschool  leaders including: insurance background checks tax exempt status from the IRS required annual reporting to the IRS the need for bylaws […]

Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

This podcast covers tips to starting a homeschool co-op from Carol Topp, CPA the author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. Carol covers the 4 W’s and 2 Cs that leaders need to answer in launching a new co-op: What, Where, When and Who and Cost and Curriculum […]

More Micro Business Ideas. Episode #51

In episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense podcast, Carol Topp shared more than 30 micro business ideas for teenagers and parents. In this continuation Carol answers audience questions and shares some pitfalls to avoid when starting a micro business. Listen to Part 1 of 30+Micro Business Ideas for Teens To celebrate the 50th episode […]

30+ Micro Business Ideas for Teens (Part 1) #50

Welcome to episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense Show! In this episode, Carol Topp, author of the Micro Business for Teens book series, shares more than 30 ideas of micro businesses that a teenager (or a parents) can start quickly and easily. Here’s a helpful handout To celebrate the 50th episode of the Dollars […]

Become a Published Author (Part 2) Episode #49

Host Carol Topp is joined by teen author Rachel Coker in this presentation where they discuss traditional versus self publishing, building a platform, and how a parent can help get their child published in Part 2. Rachel and Carol answer audience questions about getting published. Listen to Part 1 Here’s a helpful Handout. Rachel’s website

How You (or Your Child) Can Become a Published Author

It is easier than ever to become a published author. Even a child can be published! Host Carol Topp is joined by teen author Rachel Coker in this pre-recorded presentation. Listen as Carol and Rachel discusses traditional versus self publishing in Part 1. Here’s a helpful Handout. Rachel’s website  

Tax Exempt Status for Homeschool Support Groups. Dollars and Sense #47

Homeschool support groups have been around a long time, but often are unaware of what their tax status is with the IRS. In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast, Homeschool CPA, Carol Topp, explains that homeschool support groups can be classified as 501(c)(7) Social Clubs and have automatic tax exempt status. But […]

How to Teach Teenagers and Recent Grads About Money. Episode 46

In episode 46 of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp continues her presentation on how to teach kids about managing money. She explains the important lessons to teach high school students and young adults. This is part 2 of a two-part presentation. Listen to Part 1 . This Handout lists helpful resources for […]

How to Teach Kids About Managing Money (Part 1) Episode 45

In episode 45 of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp discusses how to teach kids about managing money when you’re not doing so great yourself. Carol explains the important lessons to teach young and elementary age children. This Handout lists helpful resources for teaching kids about managing money. If you enjoyed this podcast, […]

Start a business this summer! Part 2 Episode 44

Summertime is a great time to start a business, especially if you’re a teenager. Host, Carol Topp, author of Micro Business for Teens, is joined by Rachel Coker, a teenager who has 4 micro businesses of her own. They discuss how to get started and pitfalls to avoid. This is Part 2 of a two-part […]

Start a Business This Summer Part 1 Episode 43

It’s summertime ans  a great time to start a business-especially for teenagers. Join this episode of the Dollar and Sense Show as host, Carol Topp, and her guest, teenage micro business owner, Rachel Coker, explain the best type of businesses a teenager can start this summer. Here are some micro business ideas Carol and Rachel […]

How the IRS Sees Homeschool Co-ops Episode #42

Who’s afraid of the IRS? You? In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp continues her discussion how the IRS sees homeschool organizations and homeschool co-ops in particular. Listen to the first part of this presentation where Carol discussed homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social […]

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad IRS? Episode #41

Are you afraid of the IRS? Should you be? In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp discusses how the IRS sees homeschool organizations. In this first part Carol will discuss homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social Club. Carol gave this presentation at the Homeschool […]

We’re Raising Grown Ups (Not Children!) Dollars and Sense Show #40

Carol Topp shares a workshop she presented at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year in this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show titled, “Were Not Raising Children, We’re Raising Grown Ups.” In Part 2 of this podcast Carol six topics your teenagers need know for adulthood, but are rarely covered in a […]

We’re Not Raising Children, We’re Raising Grown Ups (Part 1)

Are homeschool parents guilty of micro managing our teenagers or being helicopter parents? Carol Topp shares a workshop she presented at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year in this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show titled, “Were Not Raising Children, We’re Raising Grown Ups.” Carol discusses the dilemma in society today of […]

5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling

Frugal homeschool can be dangerous to your child’s education! My guest, Cindy West of Our Journey Westward blog and Shining Dawn books warns homeschool parents against using too many free materials in homeschooling. What could be wrong with using free materials? Listen to the podcast for Cindy’s insights. Cindy’s blog post Homeschooling Frugally: A Cautionary […]

Has Your Homeschool Group Lost Its Tax Exempt Status?

HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, explains that homeschool groups may have lost their tax exempt status and not even know it in this episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast. Many nonprofits did not know that in 2006 the IRS made filing an annual report (Form 990/990-EZ, 990-N) mandatory. Nonprofits that failed to file the Form 990 […]

Required IRS reports for homeschool groups

Did you know that your homeschool group should be filing some reports every year with the IRS? In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, explains what forms homeschool groups should be filing with the IRS. She’ll answer common questions such as: We were told if our income is […]

Business Tips for Writers Part 2. Dollars and Sense Show # 35

Writers, authors, bloggers…whatever you write, you’re in business! Author and CPA, Carol Topp, shares business tips in this podcast recorded at the International Business of Writing Summit in Louisville Kentucky. In the podcast Carol discusses record keeping in a business helpful software tax tips Here’s a handout of the slides Carol’s book, Business Tips and […]

Business Tips for Writers Part 1. Dollars and Sense Show # 34

If you’re a writer, author or blogger you are a business owner! This podcast by Carol Topp, CPA will help you understand the business side of writing. This podcast was recorded at the International Business of Writing Summit in Louisville, Kentucky in 2014. Topics covered in this podcast include: Business structures, especially LLC status for […]

Marketing and Customer Profiles in a Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show # 33

Joining host Carol Topp are Carol Sue and Phillip Priddy from FamilyBusinessGreenhouse.com in this edition of the Dollars and Sense podcast. They will share their expertise on creating a marketing plan and a customer profile for your micro business. Philip and Carroll Sue decided to homeschool before they even had children, and decided early that […]

What do you give an author for Christmas? Dollars and Sense Show #32

Do you have a writer or budding author on your Christmas list? Carol Topp, host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some gift ideas for the writer on your shopping list. Books for Writers: Business Tips and Taxes for Writers by yours truly, Carol Topp, CPA Writing and Publishing by Felice Gerwitz APE: […]

What do you give an entrepreneur for Christmas? Dollars and Sense Show # 31

Do you have a budding entrepreneur or micro business owner on your Christmas shopping list? Carol Topp, host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some unique gift ideas for you. Start Up Gifts for Entrepreneurs: White Board and markers for brainstorming. See Dollars and Sense Show #27 Brainstorming Micro Business Ideas Books: Micro […]

Easy Fundraisers for Homeschool Groups. Dollars and Sense Show # 30

Does your homeschool organization need some ideas for raising money? Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA, shares ideas for easy fundraising in this episode of the Dollars And Sense Show. Easy fundraisers show notes: Coupon and reward programs Box Tops. Need 501c3 status Shopping reward like Kroger Plus program E Scrip Food as a fundraiser Pizza […]

Tips from parents of teen entrepreneurs. Dollars and Sense Show # 29

Are you trying to raise an entrepreneur? Does your child have ideas on how to make money? Join Dollars and Sense Show podcast host Carol Topp as she interviews 3 parents of teen entrepreneurs. In the podcast, Bob, Suzanne and Jennifer, shared how they encouraged their entrepreneurial teenagers. They discussed: Their role as a parent […]

Advice from Experienced Homeschoolers. Dollars and Sense Show #28

Join Carol Topp as she interviews experienced homeschoolers at the recent HSLDA National Homeschool Leaders Conference. They discuss Why they became a homeschool leader What they wish they had know What advice they have to offer you (I apologize for some of the poor audio! I’m improving, but I’m still learning about recording with lively […]

Brainstorming Micro Business Ideas. Dollars and Sense Show #27

Need an idea for a micro business you could start today? In this episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast, host Carol Topp, interviewed teenagers (and some 20 year olds) who did a brainstorming exercise. I think you’ll be impressed by the terrific micro business ideas they came up with! Some of the audio might […]

Debt Free Homeschooling. Dollars and Sense Show # 26

Join host, Carol Topp, and her guest Stacy Lane who successfully became debt free (including her mortgage) when her oldest child was a freshman in high school. She met Dave Ramsey, the debt-free guru, and got to do the famous “We’re debt free! ” yell on his radio show. Could your homeschool family ever become […]

A Customer Doesn’t Pay Your Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show #25

Show #25 What to do when a customer doesn’t pay your Micro Business. In this podcast, Carol Topp offers tips to micro business owners on what to do if a customer doesn’t pay you. This information is covered in more detail in Carol Topp’s book  Running a Micro Business       Most of your […]

Making the Sale. Tips for your Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show #24

Show #24 Making the Sale. Tips for your Micro Business. In this podcast, Carol Topp offers tips to micro business owners on how to complete a sale with a customer. This information is covered in more detail in Carol Topp’s book  Running a Micro Business Many sales are lost because the sales person never asks […]

Creating a Sales Presentation for your Micro Business. Dollars and Sense Show #23

Show #23 Creating a Sales Presentation In this podcast, Carol Topp helps micro business owners create a sales presentation. This information is covered in more detail in Carol Topp’s book  Running a Micro Business       What is a Sales Presentation? Short, 15-30 seconds. Like a TV commercial Could be in person or used […]

Career Exploration Part 4. Picking a college. Episode 22

This is the last part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students. Host Carol Topp offers advice and tips on choosing a college and a major to prepare for your chose career. The 4 Step Career Exploration Process 1. Investigate: Discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities. 2. Match possible […]

Career Exploration Part 3. Researching possible careers. Episode 21

This is the  third part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students The 4 Step Career Exploration Process 1. Investigate: Discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities. 2. Match possible careers to your personality. 3. Research potential careers to see if there is a fit. 4. Prepare a plan to […]

Career Exploration Part 2. Personality Tests. Episode 20

 This is the second part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students The 4 Step Career Exploration Process 1. Investigate: Discover your personality, abilities, skills, and priorities. 2. Match possible careers to your personality. 3. Research potential careers to see if there is a fit. 4. Prepare a plan to […]

Career Exploration Part 1. How can you know God’s will at 17?

 This is the first part of a four part series on career exploration for high school students I taught Career Exploration at my homeschool co-op several times. Sometimes students think that I will tell them what career they will have for the rest of their life. But that’s impossible! No one knows the future, so […]

Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization (Part 2) Dollars and Sense Show #18

Do you pay workers in your homeschool organization? Do you know what form to to filing with the IRS? Homeschool CPA, Carol Topp, will share the details of what you need to know about paying workers in a homeschool organization in this 30 minute podcast. Part 2 of a 2 part series.   Show Notes: […]

Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization (Part 1) Dollars and Sense Show #17

Do you pay workers in your homeschool organization? Are they employees or independent contractors? Do you know the difference? Homeschool CPA, Carol Topp, will share the details of what you need to know about paying workers in a homeschool organization in this 30 minute podcast. Part 1 of a 2 part series.   Carol mentioned […]

Start a Micro Business with No Debt. Dollars and Sense Show #16

  I hate debt-especially for a teenager starting a micro business! Dollars and Sense host, Carol Topp and guest host, 17 year old Jonah Wilson, discuss 5 dangers of using debt to start a micro business. In the podcast, Carol and Jonah mention Starting a Micro Business, a helpful book (and ebook) that can be […]

Start a Micro Business with No Money. Dollars and Sense Show #15

Do you (or your teenager) want to start a micro business, but fear you don’t have the money to start? Dollars and Sense host, Carol Topp and guest host, 17 year old Jonah Wilson, claim that you can start a micro business with no money! How? Listen in as Carol and Jonah share several ways […]

More Money Myths Homeschool Moms Believe. Dollars and Sense Show #14

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp and her guest Susan Raber of AtHomeAndSchool.com discuss more money myths that homeschool moms believe. Listen to the show here From Episode #13 of the Dollars and Sense Show, Carol and Susan discussed three money myths: Myth #1: Just a Little More Money […]

Money Myths Homeschool Moms Believe. Dollars and Sense Show #13

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp and her guest Susan Raber of AtHomeAndSchool.com discuss money myths that homeschool moms believe. Do any of you, like me, have curriculum sitting on your shelf, that, if you are honest with yourself, you will probably never use? I want to share some […]

Teens and taxes. Dollars and Sense Show #12

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses taxes and teenagers. Show Notes: A teenager files their own tax return! Do NOT add your child’s income to your tax return. You can still claim your teenager as your dependent. They check a box stating they are claimed as a dependent […]

Any tax breaks for homeschoolers? Dollars and Sense Show #11

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses tax breaks for homeschoolers.   Show Notes: There is no federal tax credit or deduction for homeschool expenses Some states do allow a deduction, usually on state income tax. Proposed in Ohio: Property tax deduction for homeschool expenses Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, […]

Teach teenagers about money: Dollars and Sense Show # 10

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses teaching your teenagers about money. Show notes: Recap: Our motivation to be teaching kids about money: Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government. Avoid excessive debt. College debt now exceeds credit card debt. Someone is watching! Avoid […]

Teach pre-teens about money: Dollars and Sense Show # 9

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses teaching your pre-teens about managing money. Show notes: Recap: Our motivation to be teaching pre-teens about money: Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government. Avoid excessive debt. College debt now exceeds credit card debt. Someone is watching! […]

Teach kids about money: Dollars and Sense #8

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses teaching your elementary age kids about money. Show notes: Our motivation to be teaching kids about money: Someone is watching! Avoid boomerang kids We are raising adults, not children Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government. Avoid […]

Teach preschoolers about money: Dollars and Sense Show # 7

  In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses teaching your preschooler about money Show notes: Our motivation to be teaching kids about money: Someone is watching! So, be a good example Avoid boomerang kids (those who leave home, only to return, usually because of financial problems) We are raising […]

What is tax exemption and how do I get it for my homeschool group? Dollars and Sense Show #6

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses What is tax exemption and how do I get it for my homeschool group? In this episode, Carol discusses who is eligible for tax exemption (you might be surprised!), the benefits of tax exempt status and the disadvantages. Why you want tax […]

Starting a nonprofit homeschool group correctly. Dollars and Sense Show # 5

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses Starting a nonprofit homeschool group correctly In this episode, Carol discusses how to start a nonprofit homeschool group. She shares her knowledge as the Homeschool CPA on important steps to take when organizing a group such as having a board and a […]

Unplug the Christmas Machine. Dollars and Sense #4

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp’s topic is: Unplug the Christmas Machine About 20 years ago, Carol read a book Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli that transformed the way she and her family celebrated Christmas. She shares her plan for having a less stressful, […]

Dollars and Sense Show # 3: What a business plan can do for your micro business

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses What a business plan can do for your micro business Based on her book Starting a Micro Business, Carol explains what a business plan for micro business can do for you and why a it is guaranteed to bring you success! Show […]

Dollars and Sense Show # 2: Finding and testing a great idea for your micro business

In this episode#2 of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp discusses Finding and testing a great idea for your micro business Based on her book Starting a Micro Business, Carol explains several ways to come up with a great micro business idea and then test that idea so it will be a success! […]

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

    On the Dollars and Sense Show first show (yes, show #1!) host Carol Topp discusses What is a micro business and why is it such a great idea? 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 […]

Introduction to the Dollars and Sense Show

Host Carol Topp introduces her radio show Dollars and Sense. Dollars and Sense will air every other Thursday at 1:00 pm ET beginning October 10, 2013.  

Dollars & Sense

  Join Carol Topp as she discusses a topic of interest to everyone-money! Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, is an accountant, author and retired homeschool mom (after 14 years both her daughters are homeschool, high school graduates). She takes confusing topics such as money, business, and taxes and puts them into easy-to-understand English. On the show […]

More Episodes

Hide me
Bonus for Subscribers Only --> You Get All Eight I Love Learning Audios Free
Enter Name: Enter Email:
Show me