Hire top performers

August 1, 2015

A bad hire wastes precious time and money. Ensure that your hiring process identifies the best employees for your company—every time. By Gregory P. Smith Most employers agree the typical employee selection process is minimally effective at best. Unfortunately, resumes and job interviews are becoming less reliable. Here are the most common problems surrounding job …

Stress fractures

April 1, 2015

Don’t let workplace stress undermine your operations. By William J. Lynott Workplace stress can simmer just beneath the surface, eating away at morale, productivity and profits. And if you think that workplace stress doesn’t exist in your business, think again. “Emotional pain exists in every organization at some point, and it takes a heavy toll,” …

Off-season actions

December 1, 2014

Now is the time to prepare for the high season. By Lars Erickson Winter is a slower time for many tent rental companies, but there are plenty of tasks to accomplish in the off-season that will help your company be more efficient and profitable in the busy summer season. Analysis While reviewing the past season, …

Wealth of knowledge

Whether your company has been in the tent industry for one year or 100, IFAI Tent Expo 2015 is the place to gain more knowledge and a professional edge. InTents: What issues face tent rental companies of all sizes? Mike Holland: Codes and their enforcement. Many states and municipalities are trying to regulate the industry …

Step it up

October 1, 2014

Upsell accessories to boost profit and take events from good to glam. By Amir Hussain When the economy gains strength, celebrations gain momentum. Tent and event rental companies are once again finding that clients are able to spend more money to upgrade their events—but some add-ons move more easily than others. From more sophisticated lighting …

Year after year

Olympic Tent’s president Scott Sutherland and vice president Darrel Brown weigh in on how to get and manage multiyear event contracts. By Scott Sutherland and Darrel Brown Relationships take work but, with a little thoughtful effort, can reap great rewards. And what is a multiyear contract but a professional relationship between businesses? From building your …

Cost control

August 1, 2014

Tips to minimize workers’ compensation costs. By William J. Lynott Workers’ compensation costs can become a major expense. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the cost of workers’ compensation. Take these steps to help keep workers’ comp costs under control. Smart hiring comes first Within the limits imposed …

The reappearing act

Has lead time for your jobs vanished? Try these strategies to make it reappear and boost profits in the process. By Tom Ross In the later stages of the recent recession, Alert Management Systems was approached for help by one of its largest tent and event rental clients, a company responsible for supplying tents and …

The wild, wild west

The wild, wild west Canvas Unlimited provides tent and event services in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A few miles west of the Continental Divide, encompassed on all sides by mountains, Jackson Hole, Wyo. sits beside the headwaters of the Snake River. With its low lying valleys, rivers and streams, this gateway to Yellowstone and …

Business credit primer

June 1, 2014

Understand how business credit differs from personal credit. By William J. Lynott Business credit works the same way as personal credit in many respects, but there are some important differences. Information about business credit transactions is gathered by the business credit agencies to create a business credit report. Identification includes business name and address, and …