A working con is a term used to describe a convention from the perspective of an artist or dealer who will be spending the majority of their time selling merchandise and/or taking commissions from other attendees. This leaves them with very limited time to participate in other convention activities, especially if they spend time outside of dealers den or artists alley hours working on commissions. Many dealers and some artists attend a convention with the hope their sales will cover the cost of attendance and possibly turn a net profit.
The term is also used by staff members, whose duty hours can approach those of a full-time job for the duration of the convention.
Those working at a particular convention may later treat themselves to a relaxacon.