I was invited and attended my reasonably local chapter of BNI today. This is because the accountant who was in that chapter resigned.
It is rare of BNI accountant position to come up. Much to my expectations they were two other accountants there.
I liked the group but for me there is one major downside. The weekly networking meetings are at lunch time. Although the chapter is reasonably close to where I live. It is further away from my office.
As a result of attending this today, my day was really disrupted. I suppose I could work from home on Wednesdays. Wednesday is the day before the rubbish collection day for my mother. Her advanced age means I get the rubbish ready for collection. She lives fairly nearby my office. I could put the rubbish out early morning the next day.
The question I am asking myself is – is networking worth disrupting my day so much? If I decide to join and they accept me, what would I gain through joining them:
1) Possibly more business
2) Meet other people in small business. Good to meet people who are not my clients
3) I need to get out more anyway
4) Hopefully exchange of ideas
The reality is I would lose a day’s work or slightly less than a day’s productivity. That is a lot!
The cost to join in total is £654 + £10 door entry for lunch, making an annual fee of £1,174.
Other downsides of joining BNI are:
1) Need to attend every week or send someone else
2) BNI way of working
3) Chapter I am looking at has only 13 members. May be lunch time networking does not attract that many people.
I will give this some further thought.