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Which membership do you think offers your business the best support?

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If you’ve thought about starting your own business, often the hardest thing to do is to decide what it is you want to do.  It could be that you so many different ideas that you cannot decide on a single one to pursue.  Or perhaps you have drawn a blank and simply cannot think of anything?  This part is often time consuming and difficult, and the answer may simply come to you over time.  Alternatively you could benefit from the assistance of a mentor or business coach.

Once you know what you want to do, and have actually set up in business, then vital to your success will be a steady stream of paying customers.  Do you feel you could benefit from the expertise of a business support organisation?

There are a number of organisations that offer networking opportunities or business advice.  Some of the most popular business organisations are listed below.

New Zealand

  1. Business.Govt.NZ – Government Website Support (click <here>)
  2. NZTE New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (for more details click <here>)
  3. New Zealand Chambers of Commerce (for more details click <here>)
  4. BNI New Zealand (for more details click <here>)
  5. SEAANZ Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (for more details click <here>)
  6. Bizbuzz (for more details click <here>)
  7. Kea – New Zealand’s Global Network (for more details click <here>)

United Kingdom

  1. Business Link – Government Website Support (click <here>)
  2. British Chamber of Commerce (BCC – for more details click here)
  3. Federation of Small Business (FSB – for more details click here)
  4. Professional Contractors Group (PCG – for more details click here)
  5. Business Network International (BNI – for more details click here)

What are your thoughts?

Have you had any experience with any of these organisations? If not, then having looked at the benefits offered by these organisations on their websites, then which one do you think would most benefit your business?

Which organisation do you think would most help you to set up in businesss?  Please put your preferences and experiences in the comments section below.

I know there are many other networks and membership organisations and business support services out there.  If you have the details handy, please add them below to the comments box.




2 Comments

  1. samnordberg says:

    Thanks for sharing. It is great to see that there are a range of different service out there to support business owners. I am a member of BNI Australia 🙂

    • alice letts says:

      thanks Sam 😉 I would be interested to hear more about your experiences with BNI? How long have you been a member, and do you think the cost of joining is something that is a good investment?

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