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About our Guest Expert: Terri Andrews of The Turquoise Butterfly Press

Terri AndrewsTerri's been an entrepreneur from the get-go. While growing up smack dab in the middle of her great-grandparent's world of operating a bait and fishing store, she learned what it took to run a biz right. It inspired her to start her first biz (a babysitting service) at age 12 and her own mail-order company when she was 16. Since then, Terri's dabbled in graphic design, advertising, managing, and biz consulting. Today, she's the proud owner of The Turquoise Butterfly Press.

Terri's also a professional writer and has been published in various web zines and print publications. She writes (and lectures) on a wide variety of topics, including working from home, time/office management, children's issues, and parenting. Because of this expertise, she's appeared on several local talk shows and many national radio programs.

Inspired by her Native American heritage, she relishes any chance to enjoy Mother Nature. On any given weekend, you can find Terri with her husband and three children boating, fishing, camping, or hiking.

With her diverse biz experiences and roots in self-employment, she offers up a tasty assortment of biz expert answers! She's our 'Special of the Week' all year long!

The Turquoise Butterfly Press

Terri started The Turquoise Butterfly Press in 1993, which produces booklets and regular national newsletters on a variety of topics. She saw an opportunity to put her writing skills to work and to address the needs of many parents at the same time. Her publications provide parents with critical, self-help information on dealing with being a step-parent, Attention Deficet Disorder (ADD), and boosting children's creativity.

Some of Terri's publications include The DPX (for divorced and step parents); The Good Red Road (Native American); Mama's Little Helper (ADD/ADHD); Politically correct (for teens); and Talent Plus (for children gifted in the arts). Terri's currently writing two books -- "Embracing ADHD" and "More Than Just a Visitor - A Guide for Non-Residential Parents." She's also started a new e-newsletter for parents of ADD/ADHD children called Mama's Helper.

Terri's Answers

I'd be interested in seeing what some of your reasons for going into business have been, but more importantly, for folks in business for a while, what are your reasons for staying there?

Burned out! I'm dragging myself to appointments because I can't take the repetition of telling it all again. Suggestions anyone?

I'd like to write an article on a computer-related topic and submit it to various magazines for publication. Has anyone ever tried to do this? Is it hard?

I have a home-based daycare... I'm still not perceived as a professional, but rather as a "babysitter."... Any ideas how to change people's perspectives?

How do I overcome this fear of the competition and become a mainstay in the market?


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