Service and product packages increase company profit

August 1, 2008  |  Feature, Finances, Sales & Services

Rental companies stand to profit by creating packages for products and services. By Philip E. Anderson For several years, return on investment (ROI) has been the standard way for rental companies to measure profit potential. How many times, and at what rate, can a particular product be rented to max…
Choosing the right rental software

June 1, 2008  |  Feature, Software

When buying rental software, be choosy to find the best fit. By Brianna Bowne You may have never figured out how to reset the clock on your VCR, but you don’t have to give up on technology entirely. Computerizing your business can make your life easier and your business more profitable. Softwa…
Boosting your bottom line

June 1, 2008  |  Feature, Finances

Eight ways to boost your bottom line. By Bill Lynott Profit leaks lurk deep inside almost every service business, silently draining off hard-earned dollars. Some are harder to detect than others; some are far more damaging than others. Together, they can form a major obstacle on the road to optimum …
Tent companies react when disaster strikes

April 1, 2008  |  Feature, Safety & Codes

You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can control your response. By Janice Kleinschmidt With winds estimated at 80 to 100 mph uprooting a 30-foot-tall pine and an oak tree with a trunk 3 feet around, tents set up for the 2007 Minnesota State Fair didn’t stand a chance. Fortunately, th…
The fine art of job costing

April 1, 2008  |  Feature, Finances

How to avoid surprises that could hurt your bottom line. By Julie Young There’s no such thing as a free lunch. No matter where a tented luncheon or special event takes place, you can be sure that every tent, chair, table, glass and fork has been accounted for and assigned a price. Every minor …
Multi-year contracts benefit business

December 1, 2007  |  Feature, Sales & Services

Capitalize on the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of multi-year contracts. By Holly O’Dell Because event companies cater to a fluid and unpredictable industry, they value services and practices that can bring stability to their business. One such element that provides security and peace of min…
Tents in the music industry

December 1, 2007  |  Event Production, Feature, Sales & Services

Collaboration and customer service are keys to pleasing your music industry clients. By Maura Keller On summer evenings across the country, drummers drum, banjo players strum and singers serenade concertgoers—all underneath elaborate tent structures. For the music industry, tents add a dramati…
The debate about tent companies as event planners

December 1, 2007  |  Feature, Marketing, Sales & Services

Some tent rental companies are adding event planning to their services. Is this a good move? By Carla Waldemar Should a tent rental company take on the role of event planner? These days that’s morphed from speculation into reality. It’s practical, some say. Others contend that practicali…
Décor trend predictions

October 1, 2007  |  Feature, Tent Décor

This year, look for tent décor to get brighter, bigger and more lavish. By Elizabeth Kephart Reisinger In the event industry, trends take their cues from many places: economic upticks and downturns, regional styles, even the fashion runways of New York and Paris. This year is no different. Cl…
Solving seasonal labor problems

October 1, 2007  |  Feature, Staffing

How companies manage the ebb and flow of tent-rental labor. By Jamie Swedberg If you ask around, most tent rental companies can probably tell you what their state’s or province’s minimum wage is. They’ll have to think about it, though. They certainly haven’t paid it in a whil…