I’ve just set up as a VA and a former colleague has mentioned that her sister, who is already a member in a local BNI group, suggests that I ought to consider joining to help secure business.
After reading through the BNI website, there appears to be a long list of rules and restrictions which must be followed (MUST attend meetings every week, annual membership fee, must be full time in chosen profession being represented, only one person from a particular profession in same local group, lot of targets to meet with referrals of other members, etc)
I was wondering if anyone here is a member of their local BNI group, or knows of someone who is, and whether they have found it has provided a significant boost to the number of clients/workloads they receive? Is it worth considering taking a leap of faith by becoming a full time VA, so that I can join and hopefully secure new business? Is it quite a burden with all the rules and commitment, when also trying to run a business?
I’m currently just beginning VA work on a part time basis (to see if I can build it to full time) and would be grateful to hear whether this may be a worthwhile step to consider?
Thanks very much in advance for any advice anyone may have.