by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor

Many valuable organizations exist to help you grow your business, but there are some time wasters, as well. Because you have a limited amount of resources, don’t just join groups willy-nilly.

Here are some thoughts on identifying organizations that are a good fit with your needs.

Five Things to Consider in Joining an Organization 

1. Have an organizational strategy.

Research organizations you think might be a good fit and give them a try. Then join only if you think the group will have solid value to you.

2. Search out organizations that give you access to the right people.

Look for experts you can learn from as well as potential prospects, partners, and suppliers.

3. Mix it up!

Don’t join a new group that consists mostly of people you already know. Join to meet new individuals with new ideas.

4. Determine your activity level. 

Just because you join doesn’t mean you have to attend every meeting or sign up for every committee. Invest your time wisely.

5. Add value.

Rather than just showing up, really be present. Look for opportunities where you can add value and stand out from the crowd.