Professional vs. Amateur Membership Management: Which Software is Best for You?

Imagine you’re going on a long journey and you need guidance, you can either hire someone who is professional, trained and able to help you on a extensive tour with detailed explanations, efficient routes and lots of help, or You could have a friend who can show you path for free, who knows good enough and help you get to your destiny where you want to be, but won’t be able to provide you extra assistance or show you the right path.

You can face same situation when looking for member management softwares online. Do you have a professional tool that contains everything you need for your organization? Or you just spend a little or no money for amateur membership management software that has same features, but with less detail?

To answer this question, there are different membership management softwares that provide focus on the lower end of the membership market. And, most of these membership management softwares have similar features, and they are varied in the types of organizations they serve. While it’s true that they have almost same features, but the way those features are implemented is simple.

Some offer various customization options and more robust layouts, focused on more professional companies in need of deeper details and support. While others have simple layouts and less support, but a simpler learning curve for a more small organization which is willing to “do it yourself”.

Amateur Softwares

If your organization is small and does not pay dues, and if you don’t have money or time to educate your people on more complex software, you’re more likely to fall into the amateur group bucket. While, these amateur membership management softwares are great for small organization and for people who require an easy to use website which does not need a lot of maintenance. And, if you’re looking for a way to keep track of your organization events and to organize your members, these type of softwares could be very simple and low-cost way.

Professional Softwares

If you’re a small group, not looking forward to spend too much money, but still is a serious organization which requires professional, detailedand more supportive membership management software, you fall under this more serious and professional bucket of membership organization.

In this software, contacts and membership records are integrated with the event management software, website building tools and email news letters so that you won’t require to buy set of different softwares and try to integrate them yourself. Most of its customers have very low budget, therefore they are being focused on self-service and low prices.

Unlike amateur membership management softwares, they have various support options. They provide very strong tools for developing completely customized donation forms and membership payment processing forms.


Given these two options, how are you going to determine when to switch from an amateur level management software to a more professional one? I suggest using member size and level of involvement you require for determining when is the right time to switch. The most appropriate time would be when your organization grows and you require extra room to manage all of your records or when you need the next level tools and when more people are involved.


Most Deserving Bestselling Books Of All Time

Here is a list of some very amazing books which are well deserved to be in the list of best sellers. So lets have a look at it.

A Tale Of Two Cities, By Charles Dickens

This book is considered to be the best selling books of all time. The book was first published in 1859 and soon became a very great hit. Till now it is predicted that around 200 million copies of this book are sold. This fact makes it enough for considering this book as the best sellers of all time.

The Lord Of The Rings, By J.R.R. Tolkien

This book is as famous as the films which were made based on the series of this book. It was firstly published in 1954 and since then it has been in the collection of every bookworm. It is said that till now 150 million copies of this book have been sold. The book caters 7 volumes and mostly readers prefer to buy all the 7 volumes. So that they don’t miss the fun and excitement this book caters.

The Little Prince, By Antoine de Saint-Exupry

The book is the first highest seller which is not in English. This book was originally written in French, which went on to be so popular than later in 1943 the English version of this book was launched. Till now 140 million copies of this book have been sold. This fact is amazing for an non-English book.

And Then There Were None, By Agatha Christie

She is one of those female writers who is been battling well with all the top class male writers. In 1938 she had published this amazing masterpiece and in no time it had become hugely popular among the teenagers. Till now around 100 million copies have been sold of this book.

Dream Of The Red Chamber, By Cao Xueqin

This is one of the oldest book which still is favorite among the readers. This book is considered to be the best selling book which was not in English. Originally this book was written in Chinese, but after its first publication in 1791 it just rocked the world of books and went on to sell 100 million copies.