They can also become overwhelming, draining, time and money wasters if you aren’t careful! You need to be selective and strategic – not only will this save you money and time, but it will also save your sanity, too!
Take a moment to make a list of the various organizations that you belong to and attend. Remember, just because you don’t pay “dues” or “membership fees” doesn’t mean it’s “free.” Include the following types of groups:
- Professional associations
- Networking groups
- Women’s lunch meetings
- Chambers of commerce
- Service organizations (like Rotary, Kiwanis)
- Facebook Groups
- LinkedIn Discussion Groups
- Internet Forums
- Online Programs and Membership Sites
Each of these groups represents an investment of your time, money and energy, so be sure to evaluate each one in terms of how they support your business and personal goals. Select your top 3-5 groups where you feel you can both contribute and benefit the most by participating. You only have 24 hours each day to invest as you choose, so choose wisely!