Dollars & Sense

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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.

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On the show Carol will discuss:

Upcoming Show Schedule:

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.

Schedule for 2014:

  • January: How to teach your kids about money, a four show series covering preschool through high school ages.
  • February: Tax breaks for homeschoolers
  • March: Teens and Taxes and Money Myths Homeschool Moms Believe
  • April: More Money Myths and How to Start a Micro Business with No Money and No Debt
  • May: Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organizations
  • June and July: Career exploration, a four-part series helping teenagers discover a potential career or college major
  •  August: Sales tips for a micro business
  • September: What to do when a customer doesn’t pay your micro business

Upcoming topics:

  • Easy Fundraisers for homeschool groups
  • Can special needs teens start a micro business?
  • Marketing tips for micro business owners
  • FastTrack: Micro business online learning portal
  • Avoiding embezzlement and fraud in your homeschool group
  • Required IRS reporting for homeschool organizations

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

Dollars & Sense Episodes

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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.  

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