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Planning Ahead is the Key to Maintenance in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 10, 2011 9:11 AM
The start of a new year often gives us reason to pause and take a look at the coming year as the year it all comes together. Whatever it is we want to do this will be the year that we get it done. This year is going to be better than the last; this year we will be on target not just with what we want to do, but what we need to do as well. By sitting down now and planning ahead we can get it done. [More]

New Storage Auction Portal Ready to Launch its Website

by John Stevens January 10, 2011 8:43 AM
With the newly arrived and successful A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” making debuts on cable TV, people have begun flocking to storage auctions hoping to experience the same excitement and find similar treasures hidden inside the bins and boxes as the bidders they watch on the shows. Now professional bidders who have been working the storage circuit for many years find themselves standing next to wide-eyed novices. And what it takes to be successful is good instincts, some bidding skills, and of course, some luck. But the first step is finding a good auction. Arriving on the scene is a new online portal that will help professionals and newbies alike find upcoming storage auctions quickly and easily. [More]

Wine Storage Offers New Upscale Services

by Tony Gonzalez January 7, 2011 1:43 PM
High-end wine storage facilities need to treat the contents within their walls like storage royalty in order to retain customers. The basic tenets of quality wine storage are that temperatures and humidity levels need to be set to exact levels. But now wine connoisseurs are excited about a new trend in wine storage where facilities are offering ramped up services, such as helping customers catalog their wine collections and accepting shipments directly from out-of-town wineries. [More]

One Billion Reasons to be in the Self Storage Industry Right Now

by Kim Kilpatrick January 7, 2011 8:50 AM
There are a number of reasons to go into a particular business. Maybe you prefer to be your own boss. Maybe you really want to set your own hours and be the master of your domain. Perhaps you like having control over how much you earn or maybe you just really enjoy doing a certain something (that people will pay you to do). [More]

Self Storage Can Help You Make Your New Year's Resolution a Reality

by Holly Robinson January 6, 2011 11:21 AM
With a new year come new beginnings. People often see the time when the year on the calendar increases by one as the time to leave the past in the past and to look to the future for bigger and better things. It’s a fresh new chance to do right what you did wrong over the last year; an opportunity to get it right this time. [More]

Self Storage Operators Finding it Hard to Collect in Recession Hit Areas

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2011 10:38 AM
As we all have realized, the recent recession has left much of the country financially crippled. And with that, the rate of foreclosures has risen, especially in Florida and Michigan. Florida self storage companies are now feeling the force of foreclosures as people are downsizing and needing storage space. But the good is sometimes followed by the bad. People, specifically in hard-hit southwest Florida, are finding it hard to pay the bills for their self storage units. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Mississippi Residents Affected by Tornadoes

by Winnie Hsiu January 5, 2011 9:21 AM
There are many things in life that we can plan for. Ideally would all have money in the bank for rainy day or in case we lose our jobs. People generally keep some food on hand at home so that they don’t run out. Beyond daily essentials like that we also try to plan for emergencies, i.e. in case there is a snow storm and your heat gets knocked out or if a rain storm knocks out your power killing your lights. [More]

Self Storage Companies Can Increase Customer Traffic to Website Using New Syndication Service

by John Stevens January 5, 2011 7:49 AM
Syndication is the buzz word in cyberspace lately. It can drive potential customers quickly to your website by linking it to thousands of related websites, such as a real estate. Usstoragesearch.com http://www.usstoragesearch.com/, a self storage directory featuring about 12,000 member facilities, recently launched its Self Storage Syndication Program, which continuously broadcasts new information from any participating self storage website to receiving sites, making the storage facility business more attractive and accessible to users. [More]

Self Storage Industry Creating Other Business Opportunities

by Holly Robinson January 4, 2011 12:48 PM
Typically when a person is going into business they are concerned about the success of their own enterprise. That of course only makes sense; you go into business in order to make money for yourself and not the other guy after all, right? In the case of the self storage industry other businesses have begun to grow because of them. [More]

Self Storage Industry Getting Creative with Special Deals and Giveaways Mostly Online

by John Stevens January 4, 2011 7:59 AM
Promotions are key to attracting new customers to your storage facility. There is a wide range of ideas to catch a customer’s eye and get them to walk through the door. Some self storage companies are getting creative and elaborate with their giveaways, even using social media to attract people to the promotion and reach out to greater numbers. [More]
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