Contributing Editors



What Can A Self Storage Facility Do With a Hundred Dollars?

by John Stevens January 17, 2011 10:34 AM
One hundred dollars, to many people, is not an overly significant amount of cash. Yes, it can be a trip to the grocery store or a really good night out on the town, but it does not have the impact that something larger like $1000 does. For a business like a self storage facility a $100 might cover one shift’s pay for the manager. [More]

Self Storage Acquisitions Too Hot to Handle?

by John Stevens January 17, 2011 8:09 AM
In the second half of 2010 investors swarmed to the self storage industry, buying up businesses like they were on the clearance rack. And the 2011 outlook for the domestic self storage market has “bullish” written all over it. Niche investors and lenders are increasing movement to this sector as In the second half of 2010 investors swarmed to the self storage industry, buying up businesses like they were on the clearance rack. And the 2011 outlook for the domestic self storage market has “bullish” written all over it. Niche investors and lenders are increasing movement to this sector as capitalization or CAP rates continue to decline and new investors join the buying game. [More]

Illinois Self Storage Facilities Not Getting Stuck Footing the Tax Bill

by Kim Kilpatrick January 14, 2011 10:39 AM
It is no secret that the economy in the United States has not been doing the best in recent years. People are out of work; with less disposable income comes a lot less spending. Something you don’t hear every day though is that with fewer people making an income and hence spending a lot less than they once did the government is not able to collect taxes like they did before the economy went south. [More]

More Companies Looking to Self Storage to Clear Out Workspace and Improve Business

by John Stevens January 14, 2011 8:11 AM
There are a myriad of reasons why a business owner would want to use self storage to maximize productivity. It can ultimately lead to saving money and making more profits. Using self storage is becoming a more popular way to store a variety of business items. So much so, that self storage websites are beginning to create separate links solely dedicated to highlighting ‘the benefits of using a storage facility, whether it’s for a small or big business. [More]

Web Marketing Firms and Social Media Great Ways to Drive More Business For Self Storage

by John Stevens January 13, 2011 11:06 AM
Nowadays, the first place potential customers look to for finding a self storage facility is the web. This means self storage operators should make their website as eye-catching , accessible and informative as possible. Often taking advantage of a marketing company or joining a self storage directory or online marketplace are great options. Social media is also growing in prevalence on self storage websites and businesses should consider using RSS (Real Simple Sindication) of blog entries and social media such as Twitter and Facebook to attract new customers. [More]

Understanding the Potential Legal Issues Key to Success in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson January 13, 2011 8:52 AM
There are enough hoops to jump through in order to get into business, be it a self storage facility or something else. Once you do succeed in getting something up and going though, your legal issues do not stop there. In fact, they tend to grow exponentially. In the self storage industry there are a number of potential legal issues that owners and managers may be faced with on a near daily basis. [More]

Self Storage Facilities and the Importance of Insurance

by Winnie Hsiu January 12, 2011 11:28 AM
You have your own business. You are doing well; it is very successful. Your family is living comfortably and everything seems right in the world. That is until an accident happens at work and that person’s lawyer says you are liable. The next step will likely be him/her asking for the number of your lawyer and insurance company. [More]

Homeless Awarded Use of Storage Facility in San Diego

by John Stevens January 12, 2011 11:21 AM
It started with an act of disregard. A year ago, while 13 homeless people were eating inside an East Village church in San Diego, Calif., city crews and police threw the people’s carts that held their belongings into garbage trucks. After the incident, lawsuits accused the city of knowing the carts and their contents were not trash. On Tuesday, to make amends, the city council voted unanimously on a settlement that would fund a downtown storage facility for the homeless to store their personal items. [More]

Self Storage is a Great Way to Get Your Business Up and Running

by John Stevens January 11, 2011 9:20 AM
There has been plenty of talk about how the self storage industry is a good one to get into. With the number of real estate ventures that are currently buying up self storage facilities for millions of dollars it appears to be a healthy and robust business. However, self storage facilities can actually be a great way to get any business up and going. [More]

The Power of Webinars Can Help Self Storage Companies Optimize Business Practices

by John Stevens January 11, 2011 8:05 AM
In the self storage industry, as in all industries, improving aspects of your business are essential. This allows your business to grow in the right direction and most importantly attract new customers. Seminars held by experts in the self storage industry are a great resource. However, they might be out of travelling distance and too expensive to get to. Thus comes the webinar. A perfect blending of getting expert advice in an easily accessible way through Internet broadcasts. And for the most part, they’re free! [More]
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