When it comes to event preparation, specifically lotting auction items, Chris Rasmus, CAI, recommends company principals not be the ones who identify assets and take photos. He says this is a job for entry-level employees or college graduates.
Hansen & Young Auctioneers, Prairie Farm, Wis., brings in college students over their school breaks. Bryce Hansen, CAI, says they are helpful and hardworking employees for big auctions.
Forres Meadows, CAI, ATS, BAS, of TexasBid.com, Boerne, Texas, can sometimes be faced with lotting as many as 400 items in one day. A three-person team usually takes on the challenge.
For the best efficiency, Meadows, like Rasmus, equips his employees with iPads. Information is transmitted via cloud-based computer software throughout the lotting process.
This tip is adapted from “25 tips for your auction business,” a story in the March 2013 issue of Auctioneer magazine. This blog will feature the top 15 tips.