How to increase your bottom line with job costing, part 1

December 1, 2019

Where does all the money go? Let’s start with some accounting basics. by Alexandre Renaud and Barbara Scull Job costing is the process of assigning costs to a specific job or project to determine if it will generate enough gross profit to cover expenses and contribute to net profit. While managers often engage in job …

Win business with top-notch customer service

Keep your tent rental clients satisfied—and returning—with these six tips for five-star customer service. by Sarah Crews Your company and your employees are the backbone of events from high-end weddings and corporate galas to backyard parties and festivals. And your image is on the line each time, from booking to takedown. Here are six strategies …

How to document your tent anchoring plan

October 1, 2019

When submitting a permit application, use industry-developed tools and your manufacturer’s data to explain your plan. By Alex Kouzmanoff The anchoring plan for your tent or structure is the one part of your permit submittal package that will change from job to job. The key to any plan is to present a professional, easy-to-read document …

The power of PPPEEEZ

In her new book, tent and event industry leader Delores Crum offers her seven simple strategies for successful living. Sometimes the most practical success tips are like PEZ® candies. They’re delivered in appealing, bite-sized pieces. They’re refreshing. Above all, their impact lingers after the original tidbit is dispensed.  “Like PEZ candy, effective success tips are …

Modern tent vinyl and flame retardancy

Do you know how your tent fabric performed on a flammability test—and can you explain the results to your fire marshal? One of the most tragic days in tent history occurred 75 years ago: The Hartford circus fire.  Some 7,000 spectators were enjoying a circus performance on July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Conn., when a …

North America rental revenue expected to exceed $71 billion in 2023

September 3, 2019

The new five-year forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., updated in August calls for equipment and event rental revenues in North America to surpass $71 billion in 2023, including $64.7 billion in the United States and $6.4 billion in Canada. The latest forecast is ARA’s first to project rental revenue for 2023. …

How to plan for temporary power for tented events

August 1, 2019

Accurately calculate temporary power for tented events with a basic understanding of how power behaves. As tented events become more complex, they are more likely than ever to require temporary power, because venues often don’t have enough utility power to handle the needs of lighting, HVAC (air conditioning and heat), catering and cooking equipment, and …

Starting up or expanding a business? Here’s what you need to know about taxes.

Tax laws can help or hurt new and expanding businesses. In today’s economy, it’s not unusual for an existing event business to branch out, or for an owner or self-employed professional to start another business in the same or a different field. Few realize, however, that Uncle Sam stands ready to become a partner in …

Celebrating 100 years of head protection

Hard hat manufacturer Bullard celebrates the 100th anniversary of its revolutionary invention.  Women got the vote. Prohibition began. The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I. And worker safety was advanced with a new device—the hard hat. The invention of the hard hat is credited to E. W. Bullard, the son of the founder of …

Working safely in hot weather

July 18, 2019

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alert offers information and resources to protect workers from heat-related illness when performing activities in high temperatures and humid conditions. Symptoms of heat-related illness include fainting, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. Keep workers safe by following these simple safety practices: Provide water, frequent rest breaks and shade. …