Q: How do I improve the look of my listing?
A: When taking pictures- try not to take close-ups as your thumbnail image has to be square. By zooming out a bit or taking a step back, it allows for more freedom when uploading the picture to display the thumbnail as you'd like it. If you're wanting to show detail- include it as the 2nd or later image. Upon uploading an image, a blue box will appear, which can be expanded, widened and the height adjusted. This is to select the thumbnail image, so drag it from the corners to adjust what you would like to display as your listing's thumbnail image.
Q: What should I list?
A: Note that most people don't want to just rent anything- most of them need to rent for purposes of- 1. it's too expensive to buy, 2. It's too big for me to store or 3. It won't get used it enough to justify buying it. If you have an item that falls into this category for others- it's probably a good listing. So listing a boat, for example, would fit all three criteria for most people. Listing a soccer ball, probably not going to have much interest as it fits none of them. That doesn't mean you can't list it, but the odds of renting the item goes way down, the further you get from the 3 rules of why people rent.
Q: How much does it cost to use Rentduck.com?
A: Rentduck.com is a FREE site. You don't pay anything to register, list or subscribe to rentduck.com. The platform can be used 100% free by anyone for any legal purpose. We offer optional convenience services to facilitate your rental business. For example- if you would like to allow your renter to pay with a debit or credit card, but don't have a merchant account to process the transaction, for 10% of the rental fee, rentduck.com will process the transaction for you. If you'd like to upgrade your listing to a premium featured listing, there is a small monthly fee to upgrade to that promotional status. While it's not implemented yet, we're working on making it so that you can have the listing "Request to rent this item" link directly to your own website's listing. There will be a cost per click for those types of referrals, but when you consider the cost of a generic google ad vs. a highly targeted ad on rentduck.com where the consumer is clicking a button to directly rent your listing, it's a no brainer that you'll make money off of almost every click you get through rentduck.com vs. maybe a 2% conversion rate per click on google.
Q: I'm not getting much activity on my listing- how do I promote it?
A: Just listing your ad on rentduck.com is not the final answer. Rentduck.com is the medium to rent through, but you still need to promote your items a bit. For example- if I have a utility trailer for rent, it would be wise to put a for rent sign on the trailer itself and share your listing on social media outlet to let your friends and family know that you're open to renting the item. Don't be obnoxious and turn your facebook page solely into a marketing forum, but the occasional post it a wise idea. You can also share it via email, upgrade your listing to a premium listing and make sure that you've priced it well. Items that are priced to high, just sit- remember, they just want to rent it, which usually means they're not going to be willing to pay 25% of the cost of the item. Try and price it under 5% of what the item costs and you're probably in the right range.