Why join professional organizations? Isn’t it just a big waste of money?
It’s not money thrown away if you take advantage of all that memberships offer, such as:
Specialized training/education in the form of webinars, podcasts, tutorials, etc.
Networking opportunities, encouragement, relationship-building, friendships.
Discounts on products and materials
Leadership opportunities; Chances to “give back” to your profession.
Professionalism (just another way to show that you are serious about your profession).
Ways to showcase your abilities, achievements. Awards, recognition.
**Since this is tax season, let me include that the cost of association dues are often tax deductible. However, the membership must be ordinary and necessary and actually help you in your trade. If your reason for joining is only for pleasure or social purposes, the dues are not deductible.