Why Joining an Association is the Best Decision You'll Make for Your Career

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Joining an association can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It provides you with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, share your expertise, and access valuable resources and information. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of joining an association and highlight some of the reasons why you should renew your membership with MISBO.

Access to a Community of Experts

When you join an association, you gain access to a community of experts who share your interests and goals. These individuals can offer advice, support, and guidance on a wide range of topics. They may have faced similar challenges and can provide you with valuable insights into how to overcome them.

In the case of MISBO, you'll be part of a community of independent school business officers and other professionals. The MISBO community includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and by joining, you'll have the opportunity to learn from your peers and contribute to the community in meaningful ways. 

Our listservs alone provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you won't find anywhere else. With well over 3,000 threads in the last year, you can tap into the collective wisdom of the MISBO community and get answers to your most pressing questions. You can also share your expertise and insights, helping to build a stronger and more collaborative community. MISBO's listservs cover a wide range of topics, from financial management and human resources to facilities management and technology, ensuring that there is something for everyone. We recently added a new group: Safety and Security. So, whether you're looking for advice on how to handle a tricky HR situation or seeking recommendations for the best software to manage your school's finances, the MISBO listservs are an invaluable resource designed to help you succeed.

Professional Development Opportunities

Another benefit of joining an association is access to professional development opportunities. Many associations offer workshops, webinars, and conferences that can help you enhance your skills, stay up-to-date with the latest trends, and advance your career.

MISBO offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including the HR Intensive, Business Office Team Intensive, The MISBO Annual Conference, and more. MISBO designs these events with you in mind. 

Access to Resources and Information

Associations often provide members with access to a wealth of resources and information, such as research reports, white papers, best practices, and industry news. By staying informed about the latest trends and developments, you can make better decisions and stay ahead of the competition.

MISBO offers a wide range of resources and information to its members. These include forums, round tables, consortium partner resources, and more. Our Buyer's Guide, Financial Modeling Tool, The Little Black Book of Business Terms, The Ethics of Purchasing, and our Sample Accounting Manual are a few of our most popular publications.

Cost Savings

Finally, joining an association is a cost-effective way to run your independent school.  

In the case of MISBO, members save an average of more than $23,000 per school in the consortium, which helps lower prices for everyone. We are one of the few associations that pay you to be a member.

Our Independent School Group Retirement Plan may also help you save. Learn more at an upcoming information session.

In conclusion, joining an association can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It provides access to a community of experts, professional development opportunities, resources and information, and cost savings. If you're a member of MISBO, we encourage you to renew your membership. Let's continue this incredible journey together!