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Carol Topp
Member since 06/2007
Carol L. Topp, CPA is a retired homeschooling mother who uses her accounting skills to help homeschool nonprofit organizations and micro business owners. She is the owner of HomeschoolCPA.com, a website designed to help homeschool leaders and organizations and author of ten books including Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol runs a home-based accounting practice specializing in income tax preparation, consults with small/micro business start-ups, and assists nonprofit organizations. She is the author of the Micro Business for Teens book series and encourages teenagers to start their own micro businesses at MicroBusinessForTeens.com

Carol is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs Speakers Bureau and has presented numerous workshops on money management, taxes, budgeting, nonprofit management and homeschooling to community, church and homeschool organizations. She is also the host of the public television show Starting a Micro Business and a podcast called Dollars and Sense on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Her website, HomeschoolCPA.com, was awarded a Top Accounting Blog in 2012, but her greatest compliment was from an audience member who, after sitting for 90 minutes,said , “You kept my attention the entire time.” That's high praise for a CPA!


Carol was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Engineering Management. She worked ten years as a Cost Analyst for the US Navy before staying home with her two daughters.  While being a stay-at-home mom, Carol took accounting classes via distance learning and earned her CPA license.

Carol and her husband live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have two daughters, both homeschool graduates.

My Mission Statement

I assist homeschool group leaders by offering practical advice on starting and running a homeschool organization by combining my knowledge of accounting and experience in homeschooling. I'd like for group leaders to think of me as their CPA, someone who understands accounting, nonprofit organizations, homeschooling, and most importantly understands them.

 
I also give presentations on starting and running a homeschool organizations, entrepreneurship, career exploration, raising adults and just about anything to do with money!

Honorarium

Travel Expense Reimbursement and Honorarium Negotiable

Past Engagements/Seminars

"HSLDA Leaders Conference" Northern KY - 9/2014

"Great Homeschool Convention-West" Ontario, CA - 6/2014

"Great Homeschool COnvention-Southeast" Greenville SC - 3/2014

"Christian Homeschool Assoc of PA (CHAP) Convention" Harrisburg, PA - 6/2010

"Midwest Homeschool Convention" Cincinnati, OH - 4/2010

"HEAV Convention" Richmond, VA - 6/2009

"Midwest Homeschool Convention" Cincinnati, OH - 4/2009

"Midwest Homeschool Convention" Cincinnati, OH - 3/2008

Presentations

Career Exploration for High School Students

Too many students graduate from high school with no idea what career they should pursue. Homeschool mother and author, Carol Topp, will offer steps, resources and her experiences in helping students pursue a career path unique for them. Attendees will receive a free copy of Carol’s ebook: Career Exploration for Homeschool High School Students.

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

Co-ops are very popular in homeschooling lately. Have you thought about starting one? Are you currently in a co-op or leading one? There are many challenges and blessings to belonging to a homeschool co-op. Leader Carol Topp is a homeschooling mother and treasurer of a co-op. She is also a CPA who works with non-profit organizations on how to start and manage their groups. The workshop will discuss starting a co-op as well as tips for running a successful, happy co-op.

How to Teach Kids About Money (When You're Not Doing So Great Yourself)

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.

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

It is easier than ever to become a publisher 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 Tips and Taxes for Writers, and other titles, Carol will explain the process to become a published author.

Micro Business for Teenagers

Encouragement for teenagers to start and run their own micro businesses. 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, taxes and record keeping. Carol puts difficult accounting and tax issues into easy-to-understand English. Teenagers and their parents are encouraged to attend together!

The IRS and Your Homeschool Group

If your homeschool group brings 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.

We're Not Raising Children, We're Raising Adults

What does your teenager need to know before they become the grown up you want them to be? Carol Topp, homeschool mother, author, accountant, and mentor to teenagers will discuss topics rarely covered in a textbook, but used everyday in adult life such as: career choice, money management and living independently. She will share tips on how to impart important lessons in a natural way and share resources to help you raise a grown up!

What Your Teenager Can Learn from Starting a Micro Business

Your teenager can learn so much from starting a micro business including responsibility, confidence, time management and business skills. In addition they can practice writing and math skills and may even discover a future career or calling! Presenter Carol Topp, CPA has helped dozens of teenagers start a business and will discuss business plans, ideas and how a parent can help. Teenagers and their parents are encouraged to attend together!

Publications

Money Management for Homeschool Organizations

Does your homeschool group manage their money well? Do you know how to prevent fraud? Money Management in a Homeschool Organization will help you open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided. All written specifically for homeschool groups.

Ambassador Publishing 2014

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

188 page book that will help homeschool parents, leaders and co-op members run successful, happy homeschool organizations. There are stories of how other co-op leaders started their groups, what worked and what didn’t, and what they wouldn’t do again. The book also shares how to deal with conflict, why a board and bylaws are needed, and practices that help avoid frustration and burnout.

Amabassador Publishing 2014

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

If your homeschool group brings in more than $5,000 a year, it may owe taxes to the IRS and should consider tax exempt status. The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization will help you understand the pros and cons of tax exempt status, nonprofit incorporation, the application process, what your state requires and the IRS requirements for tax exempt status.

Ambassador Publishing 2011

Micro Business for Teens series

The Micro Business for Teens book series will help your teenager start a run their own micro business from home without any debt. the first book, Starting a Micro Business offers ideas pitfalls to avoid and how to create a business plan. the second book, Running a Micro Business, explains marketing, customer service and record keeping. The Micro Business for Teens Workbook accompanies the two books and lets students put into practice what they have learned. It can be used individually or in a group.

Ambassador Press 2010