This past weekend I attended the Seattle Gift Show at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. If you’re selling products as your home-based business, I think you’ll agree that there is really no better way to research new markets and get those entrepreneurial ideas flowing than by attending trade shows like this one. As long as you can deal with sensory and information overload, it’s a wonderful way to build product sourcing strategies.
Due to schedules and distances, I don’t get to attend as many of these types of events as I would like. At the show this weekend, I heard about an online Trade Show: The E-Commerce Expo. It will run 3 days from October 6th to the 8th. You can purchase various levels of access, including one that will give you after-the-event archive access.
I have no prior experience with these kinds of trade shows, but that will certainly give me something to blog about for 3 days because I will be ‘attending’ it. Whether an online trade show like this can capture the energy, excitement, and enjoyment of live shows remains to be seen. But at least it’s the type of resource that should fit into anyone’s schedule.