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Hire Things in Australia

Whilst the Hire Things website enables things for hire to be listed in any country, our current focus is clearly on building up the business here in New Zealand. But HireThings.com from the outset has aspired to become an exciting and useful service and community in many offshore markets outside NZ.

Australia is a strong candidate for establishing the the Hire Things service next. So to get a better idea of what’s happening in that market, Iona and Peter, along with a number of NZ hire companies and representatives from the Hire Industry Association of NZ, popped across the ditch last week for the Australian Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) annual conference and trade show.

The conference was in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and was a great opportunity for us to meet up with hire companies, equipment suppliers, rental software companies, the HRIA, and even some businesses starting to operate in the same or similar space as Hire Things.

We have not launched our www.hirethings.com.au site yet, as we understand that there is much more to building up the service than just releasing a website. We are seeking partnerships and investors (in NZ and Australia) to be part of this push.

So our main focus and the conference was not to “sell” Hire Things to hire companies, or get them to list their stock on the website (though they are most welcome to do so). Our main focus was to observe, to listen, and engage with the various stakeholders in the industry over there.

And we sure did that!! The conference was a fantastic balance of conference and socializing, of learnings and fun, of demonstrations and networking. Over the 4 days of the conference Iona & I managed to meet dozens of really great people all working together to deliver hire and rental services throughout Australia.

There were over 220 stands in the trade show, and about 50 companies with equipment at their “Equipment in Action” day outside. Most of the stands were by companies that supply equipment, services, technology, systems, and other services to the hire and rental companies. Last September we exhibited HireThings.co.nz at the HIANZ ’07 trade show and conference (see blog post), so it was interesting to be there simply as a delegate attendee this year, alonside all the hire companies wandering around.

Anyway, we saw lots, we learned lots, we listened and talked over ideas with people, had a load of fun, and made lots of new friends and allies. We have come back with plenty of insights and opportunities for HireThings.com in Australia. If you want to know more about this, drop me an email 🙂

Thank you to Creative HQ (the Grow Wellington business incubator), and to Air New Zealand for their support with this market research trip.

I’ve put a good selection of photos on Flickr at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26648044@N05/sets/72157605114132294/detail/

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Hire Things wins Air New Zealand Prize

Hire Things has won in a competition sponsored by Air New Zealand. Our prize was two return tickets to Australia.

The competition was open to residents of Creative HQ (the Positively Wellington Business Incubator here in the beautiful city of Wellington, NZ)

Companies were invited to produce a promotional video in which they we given 2 minutes to explain what their businesses were all about.

The first prize went to Mungo, a beverage company with a difference. These guys are in the business of supplying the most amazing ready made cocktails to the world. The twist? They don’t give you a hangover! (I can vouch for that) Well maybe that’s not entirely the twist, but I can’t give away all their secrets. Mungo fully deserved their two return tickets to the UK!

The third prize went to Chaos Dimention, a young dynamic company that is taking computer software into another dimension. These guys won two domestic flights within New Zealand.

Check out our winning video here… (and thanks Air New Zealand!)

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“Congratulations”

We are pleased to announce our first weekly winner, Karepa ( Karepa Wall) visit his storefront here .

Jutebox

We had over 20 entries, so well done, and keep those listings coming. For further information on the prize draw click here.

The Team at HireThings.co.nz

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Welcome to Hire Things!

Hire Things is, well, where you hire things. It’s a place where you can find goods, places, and services you can hire, and make booking requests online!!

It’s also a place where you can list for free the goods, places, and services you have on offer for hire or rent.

It is for any business, club, group, or inidividual that hires or rents things, places, or services out, full-time, or part-time, nationwide, or just locally.

We are Let Use It Limited, and are proud to bring your Hire Things.

The Hire Things Team

Peter, Nahum, Paul, Paul, Tim, Eddie, Nik, Gaetan, Ken, and there’s more!

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PS: the site whilst in early beta testing was operating under the name Let Use It. You can still find the Let Use It blog here.

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Let Use It becomes Hire Things

As we have been evolving and testing the site, we have been operating under the Let Use It name (this is the name of our company still).

Based on customer feedback, and to make the service clear as to what it offers, we have now migrated to our real brand, Hire Things.

The website can now be found at www.hirethings.co.nz, and we have established a new blog which can be found at blog.hirethings.com

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Cheers

The Hire Things team

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Try before you buy

Who out there would like to “test drive” things before they buy them? We do this already with cars, but why not for many other types of things?

Here’s a comment from someone reading my Geekzone blog entry about Let Use It in New Zealand…

This is kinda cool, if successful, I can “hire” or “borrow” mobile phones and stuff, then test before I commit…. Hmm… other uses also spring to mind.

I’ve often thought companies should allow users to “hire” stuff out on trial for a small fee and then if they wish to buy, the “hirage” charge is wiped off. I’ve bought many a dud and had no recourse.

So companies out there… put some demo product on the site that people can hire… and advertise they can try before they buy!

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