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Career Exploration and

Starting a Micro Business (for Teens)

Length: 8 Weeks
Includes: Printable Lessons
Age/Grade: Middle – High School

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How to Use This Course

Career Exploration

Career Exploration as taught by Carol Topp on is a course designed to help your teen learn a process they can use to discover what career path or college major to pursue. It is not designed to tell the student exactly what they will do with the rest of their life, but only a possible direction to take next. There are informative articles, self-inventory worksheets, relevant worksheets, and inspiring true stories to encourage your student. Your student can explore career possibilities and discover talents and interests they may not realize they possess. These lessons are best taken in sequential order as the lessons build on each other as they progress.

Starting a Micro Business (for Teens)

Micro Business for Teens as taught by Carol Topp on is a course designed to help your teen learn about the world of micro businesses—what they are and what they can learn from starting one. This course will help your student learn how to get an idea by using their talents and skills, narrow their idea into something that is possible for a micro business, and develop a business plan, including marketing and financial needs. Your student can discover what would be involved in starting a micro business and perhaps start one if this is the path that is best. These lessons are best taken in sequential order as the lessons build on each other as they progress. This course counts as a business elective. Students who complete the eight-week course may earn 0.25 academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

Course Introduction

Career Exploration


My name is Carol Topp, and welcome to this eight-week lesson on career exploration! The goal of career exploration is to learn a process of discovery and research to make a decision on a career path or a college major to pursue. At the end of this eight-week class, some students may not know what they would like to be “when they grow up,” but they will know what direction to take for the next step in life.

No one knows the future, so don’t expect your teenager to have his entire adult life figured out as a high school student. All he needs to do now is to try and get an idea of what the next phase of life might hold.

Many adults change careers and hold several different jobs over their working career. The same will probably be true for your teen.

I’ve had these careers as an adult:

  • Industrial engineer
  • Cost analyst
  • Church treasurer
  • Nonprofit consultant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting software trainer
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Author
  • Public speaker
  • High school teacher

See what I mean? Lots of careers. I never knew what would be coming next, but I tried to use the skills I was learning in each job for whatever came next.

I’m an author, accountant, and a retired homeschool mother. I homeschooled both of my daughters for fourteen years, all the way through high school. They are now both pursuing the next phase in their lives. I transitioned from being a homeschool mom to being a business owner by using my accounting education and homeschool experience to help homeschool leaders though my website, I also enjoy helping teenagers start a microbusiness through my books and website,

I developed these career exploration lessons from a class I taught at my homeschool co-op. I hope you learn a lot about yourself and begin to think about some possible careers in the upcoming weeks.

Starting a Micro Business (for Teens)

Have you heard the term “micro business”? Probably not, but you can imagine what it means. It is a very small business—smaller than a small business. The Small Business Administration, a branch of the United States federal government, defines a small business as having up to 1,500 employees and annual income of $25 million, or more, in some cases. That’s not very small, in my opinion.

Micro business may not be a familiar term, but micro businesses are very common. reports that:

  • 1 in 8 adults in America owns a micro business (thousands of teenagers, too!)
  • 95 percent of all American businesses can be classified as micro businesses (fewer than 10 employees)
  • 90 percent of businesses have fewer than five employees
  • There are more than 25 million micro businesses in America
  • At least 49 percent (more likely 56 percent) of all businesses are home based

If creating a business like this sounds exciting, join me as I walk you through important steps that can help you create a successful micro business.

Career Exploration

Informative articles, self-inventory worksheets, relevant websites, and inspiring true stories that encourage students in their career pursuits.

  • Week 1 – Decision Making and Discerning God’s Will
  • Week 2 – The Career Exploration Process
  • Week 3 – Individual Inventory of Your Talents and Interests
  • Week 4 – Personality Tests
  • Week 5 – Career Clusters
  • Week 6 – Starting a List of Possible Careers
  • Week 7 – Collecting Facts and Data
  • Week 8 – Interviewing and Shadowing

For a printable course outline for Career Exploration, click here.

Starting a Micro Business (for Teens)

Printable lessons that include detailed questions that guide students through formulating and narrowing an idea for a business and the creation of a business plan

  • Lesson 1 – What is a micro business and what can you learn from starting one?
  • Lesson 2 – Getting an Idea—Using Your Skills and Talents
  • Lesson 3 – Getting an Idea—Brainstorming
  • Lesson 4 – Narrowing your Idea
  • Lesson 5 – Business Plan: Concept
  • Lesson 6 – Business Plan: Marketing
  • Lesson 7 – Business Plan: Financial
  • Lesson 8 – Business Plan: Feedback

For a printable course outline for Micro Business for Teens, click here.

Career Exploration

This is a supplementary, non-credit course.

Starting a Micro Business (for Teens)

This course counts as a business elective. Students who complete the eight-week course may earn 0.25 academic credit.

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