It’s back-to-school time here in Texas and throughout the country. Prepped with new bags, books, and supplies, kids are excited to start learning new things (well, most of them are). But there’s no reason they should be the only ones excited – at Point of Rental, we believe everyone should be eager to learn new things, regardless of age.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with our list of resources that we believe will help you keep learning new things about the rental business.
If you’re an ARA member, Rental U is an online educational resource that uses web-based technology and allows you to assign and monitor training coursework for employees. Classes are taught via video, Powerpoint, podcasts, as well as other methods.
YouTube is also home to a wealth of knowledge about how to do anything from setting up a website to how to check the oil on a skid steer to etiquette rules for parties.
HAE’s mobile app doesn’t feature coursework, but it will notify you when in-person training is available in your area.
Most of us send our kids to school rather than in front of a screen to learn. Even as we get older and know more, we often get our best ideas by talking with other people. Trade shows feature dozens to hundreds of businesses demonstrating the newest and greatest things they have to offer. In North America, The Rental Show is the industry event. In the UK and Europe, it’s the Executive Hire Show. In Australia, HRIA’s conference is the most well-known convergence of rental experts in the region.
If you can’t make it to the biggest conferences, you can connect at trade shows and industry-specific conferences for your type of rental. There are hundreds of those, so we’re not going to list them here – if you can’t find any and a quick internet search isn’t helping, contact us at [email protected] and we’d be happy to help you.
Speaking of us – your software company might even bring people together. If you’re a Point of Rental customer, our International Conference takes place each fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our trainers and support staff work with customers to solve problems, teach software tricks, and show off advancements in our software.
These are good basic materials to keep up with everything going on in the rental industry. You can sign up to receive notifications by email, too, which will keep you up-to-date on what’s happening worldwide.
Within rental, we’re often split into a bunch of subsections based on which industry we’re serving, from events to equipment to countless smaller niches. Here are a few big ones:
While you’re learning all about how to build the back end of your business through the earlier sources, these sources will help you figure out how to get customers in the door.
But we don’t want to overload you with things to read on your first day of the rest of your career. Use these links; sign up for newsletters; continue to learn and grow. If you feel like there’s an important resource that we missed, tell us about it at [email protected] and we may decide to add it to the page for future learners to discover!
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