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Holiday Season the Perfect Time to Drum up More Business

by Winnie Hsiu December 10, 2010 2:34 PM
When it comes to the holiday season many people are looking to find some more room, preferably in their stomachs for more Christmas goodies and not some place to store the things that are cluttering up their home. People are typically busy spending money on gifts for their loved ones; self storage is one of the last things on people’s to-do list during the holiday season. [More]

Self Storage Business in Jeopardy With New York Eminent Domain Judgment

by Tony Gonzalez December 10, 2010 8:49 AM
An eminent domain case involving the expansion of Columbia University could mean the end to four Tuck-It-Away self storage locations unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in and rules against the prestigious school. [More]

Online Self Storage Portal Joins Together With Online Reservation Processing Giant

by John Stevens December 9, 2010 12:02 PM
In this fast-paced, tech-savvy world, speed and convenience of transaction have a lot to do with whether a customer chooses to rent out a unit. Many storage businesses use the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network (ISSN) which allows customers to book reservations for rentals online. UPick Storage LLC, a provider of an online facility-comparison shopping tool for self storage customers, just this week joined OpenTech Alliance Inc.’s ISSN. [More]

What’s Enough Security for Your Self Storage Facility?

by Kim Kilpatrick December 9, 2010 11:00 AM
There is an old adage that anyone who has ever taking a business course has heard that claims you have to spend money to make money. The concept is pretty straightforward; there are expenses that must be incurred for a business to open and then operate. The trick to it is in figuring out how much that you do need to spend in order to provide our service and be profitable. [More]

MiniCo Hands Out Top Awards and Announces Survey Winner

by John Stevens December 8, 2010 11:55 AM
MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC, which publishes the leading trade magazine Mini-Storage Messenger, makes recognizing leaders in the storage industry a significant part of its undertakings. The company just released the winners of the 2010 Self Storage Facility of the Year awards, as well as announced the “2011 Self-Storage Almanac” survey drawing winner. [More]

Self Storage Facility is Heavily Involved in the Community

by Winnie Hsiu December 8, 2010 10:54 AM
The world today has become one where people and especially companies are more concerned with doing whatever it takes to advance their own needs and desires generally with little concern as to what affects there are on the people and places around them in the process. That is it is so heartwarming when you read about the many different community efforts that a self storage company like U-Store-It is involved in. [More]

California Sports Fans Have a Good Reason to Use Self Storage

by John Stevens December 7, 2010 2:37 PM
Deciding you need the services of a self storage facility can be kind of tricky. Do you have enough room in the garage? Should you just get rid of some stuff? If you stacked things better could you fit more in your closets? Do you have enough stuff that you need stored to justify to your bank account the cost of a self storage facility? [More]

The Buy vs. Build Debate Is Becoming Clear in Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 7, 2010 2:27 PM
During the booming 1980s and 1990s and up until 2006, the most common path into the self storage business has been to build, however, the tides are beginning to change and from a financial standpoint, buying has become the safer bet. [More]

The First Self Storage Facility in Thailand Had Its Challenges Getting Started

by Tony Gonzalez December 6, 2010 8:32 PM
Starting a business can be rough no matter where you are. Every state government has its own regulations you must follow along with the federal ones. Then of course there is whatever local and municipal ones not superseded by either the state or federal government. Those are just the legal hurdles that have to be overcome; there are many more depending on whether you are constructing or renting a facility and then some. [More]

California Investigation Makes Self Storage Insurance a Timely Topic

by John Stevens December 6, 2010 8:02 AM
Of up most concern to both storage facility owners and customers is the care of the items placed into storage. For instance, if a customer requested a climate-controlled unit for a collection of instruments and paintings, they expect to get what they paid for so that their items are not damaged. Sometimes, however, the unthinkable happens and fires break out or thefts occur. That is where insurance comes in and it is one of the most important considerations when running a storage business. [More]
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