Overview

From the Association for Association Management (yes, there really is an association for everyone) to the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, most organizations need help in managing their operations. Especially well suited to a management service are groups too big to rely solely on volunteers but not big enough to justify hiring someone to do it on a full-time basis. Your services for each client may vary, but may include maintaining membership lists, publishing a newsletter, mailing out information about the organization, keeping records, collecting dues, and handling meetings, events, and fund raising activities. Not only can you work for an existing organization, you could also start an association of your own if you base it on your own profession or something else with which you have personal experience.

What You Can Earn

$20,000–$50,000

What You Can Charge

Monthly retainers of $1,000–$5,000 are not uncommon (directly dependent upon the association’s size)

How Much Is It Going to Cost

$2,000–$9,000

Hidden costs: Membership in associations, subscriptions to related publications, Web server space to host your clients’ Web sites

What Equipment You Need

Cell phone (with or without hands-free accessories), computer with Internet access and Web-hosting capabilities, phone, fax, copier, business cards, letterhead, supplies

  Who Will You Need to Hire

How You Can Make It Sweeter

What You Will Be Doing

From the Association for Association Management (yes, there really is an association for everyone) to the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support, most organizations need help in managing their operations. Especially well suited to a management service are groups too big to rely solely on volunteers but not big enough to justify hiring someone to do it on a full-time basis. Your services for each client may vary, but may include maintaining membership lists, publishing a newsletter, mailing out information about the organization, keeping records, collecting dues, and handling meetings, events, and fund raising activities. Not only can you work for an existing organization, you could also start an association of your own if you base it on your own profession or something else with which you have personal experience.

What Qualifications You Need

Good organizational, writing, marketing, communication, and motivation skills; an eye for detail; possibly management or administrative experience

Who You Should Market To

Network with professional and trade associations, advertise in related publications, link to your own Web site from the Web sites you manage for your client associations

How You Can Market This

 What Other Services to Offer

What You Need to Succeed

Association management provides a great variety of duties and an opportunity to interact with interesting people. You will also get opportunities to learn about an array of topics at meetings and conventions. This is a great opportunity for those with philanthropic tendencies. To continually “wow” your association clients with top-notch management services that include Web site design and management as well as e-messaging campaigns to solicit members or donations, partner with some excellent Web designers who know how to stretch small dollars into huge returns on an attractive and fully functional Web site. Helping your clients to retain longtime members while adding new ones is your biggest challenge.

 Where to Begin

 
 

Resources

Books/Magazines/Periodicals

 
 

 Education/Courses/Training/Videos

 
 

Social Media

Blogs/Forums

Facebook

 Twitter

Websites

 

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