Getting Started

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What should I consider before starting my business?

In addition to the many resources dedicated to small business start-ups, AIIP created a special guide for prospective IIPs. To download our getting started guide go to our, Getting Started Guide Page, which discusses what it means to be an IIP, how to decide whether being IIP is a good fit for you, the steps you need to take to set up your business, and effective sales and marketing strategies for IIPs.

What do new IIPs need to know?

One of the benefits of AIIP membership is the First-Year Questions webinars, held quarterly for AIIP members and available for sale to the public. Hear seasoned info-entrepreneurs answer questions from new business owners on topics ranging from getting clients to finding a niche and setting prices.

Who can advise me during the early stages of my business?

Volunteers in the AIIP Mentor Program offer support and guidance for members in the process of starting and building their IIP businesses. Mentors can help new members assess their strengths and weaknesses as IIPs, and provide input on initial networking and marketing strategies. Learn more about the AIIP Mentor Program; watch the webinar, “AIIP Mentoring: What’s In It For Me?"

Should I attend the AIIP annual conference?

Yes! The conference is designed for all of the association’s members, with special programming for first-year members and for individuals still considering whether to go the IIP route. Our established members have an excellent reputation for being welcoming to new and prospective members. And AIIP has two ways to help underwrite the cost of attending the conference: the Roger Summit Conference Scholarship and the Myra T. Grenier Memorial Award.

Can I join AIIP even if I haven’t launched my business?

Yes! A Student or an Associate membership will let you get a close-up view of what it takes to start and succeed as an IIP. Learn more about engaging as an independent info pro—and how AIIP can help your professional goals.



"I joined AIIP before I had even started my of the best investments I have made. The lively discussion list, the collegial tone of AIIP members, great discounts from our industry partners and affiliates, lots of professional development through webinars and our annual conference. I can't imagine being an info-entrepreneur without belonging to AIIP."

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services

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