5 reasons why joining an exclusive club makes economical sense despite costing an arm and a leg to be a member
So as a young entrepreneur or employee do you really need to pay these exorbitant fees just to belong?
Members enjoy unlimited access to some of the best facilities in the country, sample some of the most exotic cuisines, get to hang out with the biggest CEOs and entrepreneurs’ in the industry and above all grow them selves socially and financially.
Joining one however is not a walk in the walk, one has to go through rigorous assessment process and in some clubs it is only done through recommendation and not application, there exists a strict moral and dress code to be adhered to at all times while in their premises, not to mention the hefty fee that one needs to pay as an entrance fee and an annual subscription fees.
Wadi Degla Club, one of the most exclusive clubs in Kenya requires new members to pay as much as Sh900,000 ($9000) to join their exclusive clubs in Runda and Migaa estate.
Here are five reasons why you need to consider joining one of these exclusive clubs in Kenya.
#1. Connections and Networking
There reaches a point in one's career when one's skills or expertise can no longer cut it anymore, knowing the right people rather is what opens doors for you.
A Country club is a great place to expand your network and grow; one gets to meet people who are influential and know the tricks of the trade.
By being a member of a club you get to learn about opportunities you would never have heard about leave alone knew existed.
“Connections, My dad was always a member of country clubs in Eldoret and as kids I really enjoyed the facilities, games, friends etc. That is where I met the likes of Kibaki, biwott, mark too and most of the big shots then. Kenya is a country where it is who you know and the country clubs give you an opportunity to mingle with people like that. My dad met lots of business partners there. I also made good lifetime friends there that I grew up with” Lilian says.
#2. Business deals- Use money to make more money
These exclusive clubs attract the crème of the society, people who went to the best schools, some of the wealthiest and successful people you can imagine.
As a result of being a member, their success tends to rub on you as well after all you are now part of crew who knows what is going on, aren’t you?
“The tenders and networking you then get as an insider quickly obliterate the pain of entry fee.” Ojwang said.
“With those clubs, they’re meant for business and social networking for the society's elite, that's where contracts, projects, big business deals are sealed.” Antony adds.
#3. Ideal professional setting for conducting business
Country clubs have some of the best facilities in town for relaxing, sports and doing businesses therefore if you are the type of person who has a lot of meetings to host, you can hold it in your country club.
Holding your meeting in these settings invokes a sense of professionalism and will impress the people you want to do business with.
Market insiders say one's office space is usually among the first item clients look at before signing a business deal.
“That kind of fee only makes sense if the end goal is going there for business and it had better be big business otherwise, what the fudge?” Aganta opined.
If you a young entrepreneur or an employee who wants to go to the next level then country clubs are fertile grounds for career and social growth.
These clubs have older members of societies who have been around the block, they have at one point been at your current position, understand opportunities and challenges you are facing and therefore are in a better position to offer priceless advice.
Clubs also tend to attract like-minded people who have the same interests as you do therefore chances of meeting a great mentor here while playing a game of golf or squash is very high.
#5. Learn a new set of skills
Joining a club can give you a chance to learn a new set of skills be it life or financial which would come in handy in the future.
Most clubs in town have tailor made programmes about finance and investment and encourage members to sign up for them therefore while you may have been a green horned budding entrepreneur when you joined after six months or a year you will be a guru in your field.
Boosting some of the best sports facilities in town, clubs are also ideal grounds for learning a new sport whose skills you can transfer to other aspects of your life e.g. Problem-solving skills.
After making a little money, joining a club may just be the spark you needed, to grow and move to the next step of your career or life.
Maslow hierarchy of needs explains that the ultimate human quest in life is self-actualization; it is the most satisfying feeling ever.
Country clubs are full of people who have self-actualized and are simply living their life to the fullest and are not bothered with daily hustles.
After making enough money what better way to enjoy yourself than join these exclusive clubs where you can have unlimited access to various sports and activities you like.
You can also join with your family members making the whole experience even more fulfilling and cheaper in the long run.
“If you have the money, enjoy it to the fullest, that's what the money is for, prestige and self-actualization,” Muia said.
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