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  1. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    Has anyone ever been a vendor at an expo focusing on promoting home based businesses? I have the opportunity to get a table for $100. It's not a job fair, but an event to promote small businesses and networking.

    Trying to decide if it would be worth my time and money. Anyone done one before?
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  2. Jules711

    Jules711 Veteran Member Silver Member

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    Is the intention to advertise for recruiting? Sales? Bookings? Will there be products available for sale? I have done several expos with direct sales and such. It's kind of a nice way to shop at all of the home shows that you don't necessarily attend. $100 seems pricey though. What kind of space will you have? How long is it? Has it been done before? What was the attendance? All important things to know before committing.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  3. Aunticooks

    Aunticooks Member Gold Member

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    I'm doing my first craft show/ home based business expo this weekend. Very excited to get some leads. Running out of friends to host. Lots of great ideas on these forums. My table is $105 for 3 days. I guess you have to weigh how many people may be coming thru vs cost (which is a write off I think???)
    Good luck to you all.
    I will update monday after the show
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  4. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

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    It is a tax write-off. Aunti...$105 for 3 days is good... $100 for one day is high, Liquid Sky. It is good to network with other home businesses because once you make "friends" with them, they will notify you of other booth opportunites...and be sure to get their information to do so as well. Don't agree to "swap shows" unless you feel comfortable. I had a Premier Jewelry lady try to "blackmail" me into swapping shows by telling me she worked at a Christian School where I was trying to get a fundraiser. I told her I really wasn't interested because I wore very little jewelry and most people I knew wore very little so I would not help her. She told me to call her again about hosting and when I did, she said she had "met a PC Consultant who was willing to trade with her". I thanked her and removed her from my distribution list. I didn't want her sharing my newsletter or ideas with another consultant! I'm glad to do it on CS because we help each other, but sometimes some Consultants around my area will use it to take advantage of my ideas...
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  5. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    The intention is to advertise for recruiting and a way to network. There are about 60 vendors signed up and their goal is to get 100 vendors. Items and services will/can be sold.

    The expo is on 1 Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm. A 6' table is $100. This is the first year that something like this (home based biz expo) has been offered, but apparantly the organizer of this event has put together tons of other events and knows how to effectively market.....so I am told.

    I know $100 is a lot but I am curious to see how this type of expo goes, since many people are being laid off and may come check it all out. I am thinking recruit leads from this type of event will be a tad better....but you never know.
     
    Mar 25, 2009
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  6. Fluffy215

    Fluffy215 Member Gold Member

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    Are there 100 different home based businesses in your area? Oh my I only know of maybe 15 LOL I would worry with that many that you may have multiples of the same company. Seems $100 is a lot of ask for a first year not having numbers or anything. I guess you just have to weigh if it is really worth your time, effort and money for it. Only you know for sure if it's something you want to do.
     
    Mar 25, 2009
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  7. Aunticooks

    Aunticooks Member Gold Member

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    The home based business expo I went to last year actually weren't all "franchised direct sales" A lot were self employed ie... vinyl graphics, massage therapy, dj; photographer. People just trying to get their name and business out there. I think $100 isn't a bad price if the event is well advertised and that many "contacts" again networking is key.
     
    Mar 25, 2009
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