I have a variety of workshops that I present at homeschool conventions and community events.
I am also available for radio and podcast interviews as well as live presentations.
Please contact me to book me for your convention or event.
How Your (or Your Child) Can Be a Published Author View slides here
It is easier than ever to become a published author. If you have something to say, write it down and tell the world. Author, Carol Topp will show you how to do it quickly and inexpensively. As the author of Business, Taxes and Tips for Authors and Publishers, and other titles, Carol will explain the process to become a published author.
You’re in Business Before You Make Money View slides here
Many writers think they don’t need to worry about taxes and business deductions until they make money from writing. But they couldn’t be more wrong! This workshop discusses what determines a business, the best business structure for you, tax deductions and business start up tips.
Hobby Writing: Pros, Cons and the IRS View slides here
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 View Handout here
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 Writers View slides here
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
Small business owners want to spend time on running their business, not record keeping. Carol offers tips to make record keeping easier.
Avoiding IRS Audit Flags for Business Owners
What can set off an IRS audit for your business? CPA and author Carol Topp, explains IRS audits and how to avoid them.
Micro Business For Teens
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) View slides here
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!
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!
Wanna Be a WAHM (Work at Home Mom)? View slides here
More and more homeschool mothers are becoming WAHMs (Work at Home Mothers). In this workshop, homeschooling mother and WAHM herself, Carol Topp, CPA, will discuss how to start a home-based business, avoiding WAHM scams, and balancing homeschooling and working. As an accountant, Carol helps small, home-based businesses get off the ground. She’ll offer her professional knowledge and her personal experience on being a WAHM in this helpful workshop.
Budget is a Dirty Word View slides here
This workshop covers planning your spending to fit your priorities, how to set up your finances to run automatically, how to know if you are in financial trouble and how to get out of debt successfully. Scriptures and Biblical concepts are sprinkled in, but it’s not a Bible study on finances. The class is practical and lively with group participation.
How to Teach Kids About Managing Money (When You’re Not Doing So Great Yourself) View handout 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.
Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out View handout 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)
Help! My Homeschool Group is Growing view slides here
As the homeschooling movement grows, so do support groups and homeschool co-op groups. This means more organization is needed to handle larger memberships. Here is some advice from a homeschooling mother and CPA who works with non-profit organizations on how to start and manage a larger group. Carol Topp will discuss Boards, Budgets and By-laws in this helpful workshop for group leaders and board members.
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.
Homeschool Leader: Are You Burnt Out? View hHandout here
Encouragement for the homeschool group leader. This workshop is structured as a support group meeting for the support group or co-op leader. Author Carol Topp facilitates discussion among leaders as she encourages them to motivate volunteers and stay focused while avoiding burnout.
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.