In Sept of 2010 I put this post http://computerrepairblog.com/acrbo-1000-members.html . At that time the Association of Computer Repair Business Owners had just reached 1,000 members. Well a few weeks ago the Association went over 3,000 members. Membership continues to grow and new Preferred Vendors are continually being added as well as other ways for members to network with other business owners.
Benefits of Belonging to an Association
If you are one of the vast numbers of individuals who own a computer business, namely computer repair, there is no better time to join a computer association. One that was founded with your specific business needs in mind. The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners is a perfect example.
There are many benefits of joining the ACRBO or a similar organization. They include (but are not limited to) networking with others in the industry, member discounts, use of the official association logo and marketing your specific services by way of the membership directory.
(It is important to keep in mind that benefits will vary from association to association and from one membership level to another.)
Regardless of the industry you are in, it is highly recommended that you network with your peers whenever you get the chance. This will give you the opportunity to pick up tips and tricks designed to help you improve your skills.
You may also be able to expand your client base by offering to take on overflow work from local members who don’t have the time to complete the job.
Most associations negotiate some kind of discount with vendors in the industry that are then extended to you. Discounts for web hosting, remote software and data recovery services are common.
Use of the association logo is another perk. Using it on letterhead, other business documents and a website (if applicable) will give you the added credibility that will no doubt take your business to the next level.
When it comes to business promotion, there is no such thing as too much exposure. It’s a proven fact that the more people who know about the service you provide, the greater the chance of garnering new business.
Placing a listing in an association’s membership directory is VERY affordable. Many times, it’s free. This is a simple way to gain worldwide exposure, without breaking the bank.
Remember, you really have little to lose when you join a computer association. Since you typically pay for up to one year at a time, you aren’t locked in to a life-long commitment. If you don’t find the membership beneficial, you are under no obligation to re-new.
Utilizing a membership such is this is an excellent way to promote your computer business, learn new techniques and keep abreast of industry news. Why not consider joining, today. Current members will be the first to tell you… you’ll be glad you did!