Choosing Trade Associations
The benefits of being a member of a trade association are many. They include access to mentorship and networking, a better reputation for your business, and the acquisition of new skills. However, you should be careful when choosing a trade association that you are joining for you to get desired results.
What to Consider
Mandate of their existence: Do your research about the trade association you want to join and find out why they were set up in the first place. Check to see what their goals are and the kind of members they take in. Most of the time, trade associations are segmented into specific kinds of businesses, so you have to confirm that your kind of business fits.
Benefits they offer: Check to see if they have tangible benefits to their members and whether those benefits align with your business needs. You should also look at some of their recent activities to avoid joining an association that is dormant.
Legality of the trade association: Do not assume that just because a trade association exists, they are legally allowed to operate in your area. Confirm by checking details of their certification and doing research on their history and how they came to exist.
Customer care: It is small things such as how long they take to respond to your inquiries that should hint towards their customer care services. You do not want to be tied to an association where you do not feel valued.
The trick to finding the right trade association is by researching and consulting. Do not be afraid of reaching out to a member of the association and asking them about their experience.