I have a variety of workshops that I present at conventions and community events.

I am a member of the Old Schoolhouse Speakers Bureau

I am available for radio and podcast interviews as well as live presentations.

Please contact me to book me for your convention or event.

My fees and travel reimbursement are negotiable.

Hi Carol,

You are awesome!!!

Thanks you VERY much for your help. Thanks for coming to speak to the job seekers at the Great Oaks Return to Work Center Thursday.Your time and effort to put together a wonderful, useful, informative, and relevant presentation is GREATLY appreciated.

Carol, your interactive presentation was a HUGE hit. You got people really engaged and involved. You were well prepared to handle any thing that came your way and kept everyone focused on all of the topics that we all wanted to hear.

Dana Breen, Cincinnati, Ohio

Upcoming Speaking Events

Speaking engagements for 2017


Workshop Topics

Hobby Writing: Pros, Cons and the IRS

When does your writing hobby become a business? When do you need to report hobby income to the IRS and what can a hobby writer deduct on his/her tax return?

Taxes for Authors (or Writers or Self-Published Authors)

Federal income tax, self-employment tax and sales tax are all discussed as well as tax deductions and record keeping tips to make your life easier. Not as dull as it sounds and loaded with examples!

Writing as a Ministry

If you write as part of a ministry of service to other, are you running a business or a nonprofit organization? The pros and cons of forming a nonprofit organization as part of your writing ministry.

Business Tips for Authors and Publishers (or The Business of Writing)

Choices for your business structure including corporation and Limited Liability Company status are discussed as well as business start-up advice and record keeping tips for authors and publishers.

Make Business Record Keeping a Breeze view handout here

Small business owners want to spend time on running their business, not record keeping. Carol offers tips to make record keeping easier.


Micro Business for Teenagers: Starting a Micro Business (Can be Part 1 of a 2 part series or stand alone) (very popular and fills a room every time!)View slides here

Encouragement for teenagers to start and run their own micro business. They will learn a lot while earning some money. A micro business can be started quickly and easily with no debt from home. Presenter Carol Topp, CPA has counseled dozens of teenagers starting a business and will discuss business plans, ideas. Teenagers and their parents are encouraged to attend together!

Hear my interview (8 minutes) in starting a micro business on WDLM Quad Cities here

Micro Business for Teenagers: Money and Taxes (Can be Part 2 of a 2 part series)

Encouragement for teenagers to start and run their own micro business. Presenter Carol Topp, CPA has counseled dozens of teenagers starting a business and will discuss taxes and record keeping. She will explain the basics of a business tax return, business deductions and the “hidden” tax on the Form 1040. Carol puts difficult accounting and tax issues into easy-to-understand English. Teenagers and their parents are encouraged to attend together!

How to Teach Kids About Managing Money (When You’re Not Doing So Great Yourself) View Slides here

So you don’t consider yourself a financial role model. Take heart, you can still teach your kids financial principles. This workshop offers tips on how to teach your kids the money basics as part of your busy lifestyle. We’ll also discuss what topics to teach at each age from preschoolers to college age.

Teens and Taxes view slides here

Are you confused about whether or not your teenager owes taxes? Do they need to file a tax return? Can they be included on your tax return? Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and tax preparer, Carol Topp will lead a workshop to explain tax laws that apply to teenagers. Whether your student is employed, self-employed or just earning cash by babysitting, Carol can answer your questions. There will be helpful handouts, real life case studies and easy-to-understand explanations. Bring along your teenager! They may learn something!

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

Homeschool co-ops are becoming very popular! This workshop discusses the benefits and disadvantages of co-ops. You’ll get advice on starting a homeschool co-op such as how to find interested people, how to organize, where to meet, and what problems to anticipate. Learn how to manage conflicts and volunteers, create a budget, collect fees, and pay teachers.

Hear my interview on The Sociable Homeschooler discussing homeschool co-ops (19 minutes into podcast)

The IRS and Your Homeschool Group view slides here

If your homeschool group bring in more than $5,000 a year, you may need to be paying taxes to the IRS or better yet become a tax exempt organization. Presenter, Carol Topp, a homeschooling mother and CPA, has helped several homeschooling organizations obtain tax-exempt status with the IRS and will discuss the pros and cons of 501c3 status, offer tips, helpful resources and checklists.


Record Keeping, Transcripts and Plans for Homeschool High School Students View Handout here

Do you have questions on how or what you need to do to home educate your children through high school? How do you keep track of credit hours? Transcripts: what’s required and what’s not? What are colleges looking for? If high school creeping up and you’re not sure if you can do it or just need some guidance, this workshop is helpful and encouraging.


My fees and travel reimbursement are negotiable.

I am available for radio and podcast interviews as well as live presentations.

To arrange me to speak to your group, please contact me.