To upload a product for rent on the 24Rentz platform, you’d need to be a vendor. When you have done that, then you’re eligible to upload a product.
You can either watch this youtube video or you follow the pictorial steps below. However, note that the colors in the pictures have changed over time.
The following are the steps to take when uploading products:
- Go to Vendor dashboard
- Click on Bookings to see available options.
- Click on Add new product, a form similar to the new product form will appear with a different looking section below the basics. We will break each section down for your easy understanding. This might get a little complicated so pay attention. Booking is a very much customizable product with a high level of relations.
This is the very basic section. Nothing too hard.What is Booking Duration?
This field allows you to define a time duration(in hours, days, weeks or months) of your product. The duration of each product your customers will be renting. Suppose you own a wedding gown and don’t want to rent your it out unless someone wants it for three days. So you put three days as your block duration.
(However, we usually advise a 1 day duration. This reduces the confusion our customers might face when trying to book)
What’s Calendar display mode?
The calendar on the product page displays availability on a calendar. So this field simply on/off for the calendar be already expanded or appear as a clickable button.
(we advise you put it on click, so that the user can just fill the date manually)
This is where the things start to get a little complicated. This section deals with the availability in four different ways – frequency, capacity, range and time.
What is a Block?
Understanding this makes the following things a lot more easier. A block is the minimum unit of your product which you are making available for rent. Most rented products unlike regular products, which are time dependent.
A block means the time duration for renting a particular product. For instance, if you want your customer to rent your centrepiece for one day, that one day becomes a block.
What is max bookings per block?
This field allows you say the total quantity of a particular product you have in stock. So let’s say you have 100 centrepieces for rent, you would put in 100 as the maximum bookings per block.
What is minimum booking window?
It is the minimum duration of time during which a customer will have to rent your next available product.
So if you want to be given 2 days notice, you set this as two. If you want the customer to give you a week notice, you set it as a week. It helps you prepare adequately for the delivery of a rented item.
(We advise you set this as 1 day, or in worst case scenario, 6 hours. This is due to our verification and shipping policy)
What is maximum booking window?
This is the amount of time in the future that a customer can book a product for rent. Let’s say your customer wants to hire your centrepiece for a wedding 4 months later, this would enable him fill it on the calendar.
We advise you set this to 12 months, so people can hire you one year in advance)
Here is an example on a calendar how these dates will work.
What is Require a buffer period of?
The you need some time to refresh your asset / product after completion of each order / service.
If you have multiple booking blocks allocated in a single week, probably you will need some time in between to do some maintenance. This is what buffer time is. Say, if you want to clean up your covers before you hand it over to the next customer, you may set a buffer time of 30 hours. Leave it on 0 for no delay.
The unit for buffer period changes automatically with your block unit duration.
What if I set All dates are – to “not available by default”?
Your customized settings for availability ranges will become active.
(However, we advise against this)
Set availability range
Each field is tagged with a (?) hint text which explains each field.
Fix the range for your booking availability according to days months hours or minutes and many other ways. You can add and reorganize priority by dragging too.
(We advise against this. Just leave it blank)
This section is pretty much straight forward.
There is always a base cost of the product. The base cost is like the service fee. Most times, it is also used as your security deposit fee. (We advise you leave it blank. Admin would handle that)
Then block costs are prices per day. It is how much you charge a client for hiring your centrepiece or your gown for a specific time duration. If your block is for a week, then it’s the price per week.
Display cost is something which you can display initially as the lowest lowest price perhaps. If you leave it empty, the cost will become adaptive as the customer modifies his order. So, you can also use the display cost as a minimum cost per order in that sense.
What is Has Persons?
In this section, you can use this to select the quantity for each day. You can also set the type of the product and the available quantity.
For instance, if you have 300 centrepieces, you’d click on has persons. Then you select maximum persons to 300.
Then create a person type and write quantity as the name. In the description, just say how many do you need. In the max/min put the minimum number something for rent for a time period, and the maximum number someone can rent for the same time period.
In the block cost, put the price for booking a unit of your item for the specified time period. Then leave the base cost empty. The admin would handle that for you.
What is Has Resources? (Only Use if you’re renting halls)
If you want to add additional resources to your product. For example, on my luxury suite, I have added a resource if they want to use a home theater system for viewing movies to be set up.
These resources can be set to automatically assigned or customer selected. As you see, you can charge for your resources as both initiation costs and for the length they use it.
1. Enter the resource cost.
2. Select the resource from the drop down menu.
Resources can also have their ranges depending on various attributes. You can set them from a different menu.
Creating a resource
Go to Vendor Dashboard → Bookings → Click on Manage Resources
Now, click on Add New Resource to create a new resource. Click on Edit / Remove for changing a resource properties.
Usage – Frontend – Customer
After selecting a product or service that can be booked from your 24Rentz store, customer has to perform following actions.
Choosing from the options
Your customer will get the options you have set at the time of creating the product or service. They have to choose between minimum and maximum amount of person and also the types of resources that you have created.
After selecting a number of person and type of resource (if required), they have to select the available date of booking. They have to click on Choose button to view the calendar and select the suitable date.
If the date is available, the Check Availability button will become active. Then they have to click on the button and it will redirect them to order page.
Now, the customer should provide necessary information for ordering the product or service. After filling the order form, they have to click on the Request Confirmation button and this will create a new order.
A customer can cancel the order by navigating to My Accounts → Orders and click on the cancel button.