Join the Club

Membership in organizations and associations can be useful.
1 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

People tend to do business with people they know-and one of the quickest ways to meet people is through associations. Before you sign on, though, make sure the group is worthy of your investment of dollars and of time. Will you get the return you seek? To find out, ask yourself these questions before deciding to join a group:

  • What do I want from this group? Advice? Accreditation?
  • What do I have to give? Time? Money? Referrals?
  • Is the cost greater than the benefit?
  • How committed is the group leadership?
  • Do I like these people?

Once a member, make sure you spend time at the meetings. And give the group a fair shot-at least a year-before deciding it's not for you.

Excerpted from Get Smart: 365 Tips To Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

It Started As a Joke and Turned Into a Startup That Raised $1 Million in Funding