The reasons for becoming a member of NARI have stayed the same, though over time the benefits have evolved. Originally, I decided to join NARI for access to the education program and networking opportunities that I, as a small business owner, knew that I needed.
To elaborate, medium to large-sized companies have the luxury of budgeting for training, continuing education courses and conferences throughout the year to gain the business management and trade skills. But as a smaller company, I found the most affordable way for me to access high-level training was through NARI.
Immediately after joining, I gained credentials through NARI certification programs, participated in leadership positions at the chapter and networked at meetings. Our meetings at the Southeast Michigan Chapter are very educational and informative, and they’ve proved to be a great advantage to staying on top of industry changes. My certifications also ensure that my skills fit today’s remodeling standards but also have allowed me to position myself as a qualified, professional remodeler in front of clients.
These are values I have come to inherit through my NARI membership but this year I received two leads from homeowners who found my member listing on the NARI Web site. To say the least, it was a pleasant surprise to get sales leads through the NARI Webpage—something I wasn’t really expecting before.
Looking back, this really shouldn’t be a surprise, as having consumers find me on NARI’s Web sites is more likely than having them find my company Web site. It gives me a bigger platform to promote my services to a much larger, more diverse group of homeowners. Now I consider my NARI membership more valuable as before since these two leads have more than paid for my membership. Basically, everything I gain from NARI membership for the rest of the year is a bonus.