Just the other day I got another email from a blog reader that is starting a consulting business asking what consulting associations I would recommend.
This all depends on your location, what you are looking to get out of it (certification, networking, etc), your budget and so on.
So instead of making a recommendation (which I can’t because there are just too many variables) here is a list of consulting and related associations you may find helpful.
Association of Management Consulting Firms
Association of Professional Consultants
Canadian Association of Management Consultants
Independent Computer Consultants Association
International Association of Registered Financial Consultants
Institute of Management Consultants
International Council of Management Consulting Institutes
Professional and Technical Consultants Association
American Marketing Association
Direct Marketing Association
Canadian Marketing Association
Word of Mouth Marketing Association
The National Association of Sales Professionals
Direct Selling Association
National Retail Federation
SMEI The worldwide professional association for sales & marketing
Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization
Information Technology Association of America
IWA – International Webmasters Association
International Association for Wedding Professionals
International Branding Association
International Advertising Association
There are many, many more associations out there. So if you think I missed one that you’d like to see on this list, let us know in the comments below.