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Upcoming Webinar Can Help Self Storage Operators Interact Better With Customers

by John Stevens February 7, 2011 11:59 AM
The self storage industry has put a lot of time into pleasing customers and making transactions smooth and easy. Whether that be over the phone, on the internet, through a kiosk, or in person, it is the impression a customer gets from a business and its proprietor that can make or break the deal. Most consumers overwhelmingly like to give their business to people who are likeable and pleasant. [More]

How Self Storage Can Help You Sell Your House

by Tony Gonzalez February 7, 2011 11:35 AM
When it comes to many things in life proper planning is the key to successful execution from giving the big presentation to enjoying the big game to just getting to work on time every morning. Failure to do so can result in losing your job or not getting the big promotion, missing the big play as you run to the kitchen for more chips, or being late to work and getting stuck in traffic. [More]

Florida Self Storage Facilities Keeping it Cool Thanks to Modern Technology

by Winnie Hsiu February 5, 2011 9:45 AM
The self storage industry just like any other is chock full of competition. In order to compete you have to be willing to go the extra mile. For many self storage facilities, especially those in warmer or colder climates as well as real humid ones, that means more climate controlled storage units. The only problem is that those cost more to operate. [More]

Connecticut Self Storage Facility Working to Help Kids After School

by John Stevens February 4, 2011 8:43 AM
With as many as 15 million children leaving school each day with nowhere to go other than the streets, one Connecticut self storage facility is doing something about it. New London Self Storage is offering a 10’ x 25’ sq. ft. unit free of charge to Heavy Hitters USA, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and early-evening wrestling, boxing and conditioning programs for kids and young adults from New London and nearby towns. [More]

Nebraskan Storage Facility Opens Vacant Units to Local Artists

by John Stevens February 3, 2011 12:12 PM
An Omaha, Neb., storage facility rolled up its storage unit doors for something much more extraordinary than boxes and bins. On Jan. 29, the Old Market’s Urban Storage facility reached out to its local artist community and offered up its vacant storage units for a two-part exhibition in which more than 75 artists and performers participated. [More]

Sometimes Doing Nothing Can Be Doing a Whole Lot

by Tony Gonzalez February 3, 2011 9:40 AM
Every small business owner, self storage and otherwise, will tell you that one thing matters above all else when it comes to success in the business world—location, location, location. Picking the right location can make the difference between turning a respectable profit every year and just scraping by. [More]

Federal Website Lending Self Storage Owners a Helping Hand

by Holly Robinson February 2, 2011 1:57 PM
There is one thing that is really frustrating about the law. Even though it is in place to protect us from others and in some cases protect us from ourselves it can be a pain in the neck to understand. Too often, especially for small business owners like those in the self storage industry, we don’t know we did something wrong until it is too late and we have to pay for it (literally and metaphorically). [More]

As Businesses Close More Turn to Self Storage Conversions

by John Stevens February 2, 2011 8:23 AM
Finding a new use for an unoccupied building that has recently gone out of business can take a lot of thought in this tough economy. But with the strength of the self storage industry still riding high, there have been recent conversions of buildings into self storage facilities. The latest is a roughly 120,000 sq. ft. retail building that used to house a Toys 'R Us in Green Township, Ohio, being redeveloped into self storage space. [More]

Self Storage Company Helping Out Some Heavy Hitters

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 10:44 AM
If a person or company wants to lend a helping hand to those in need there is never a shortage of people that could use it. In the country today there are a number of people that live on the streets, can’t afford food, were not able to buy toys for their kids at Christmas, and go cold every winter because they can’t afford a coat. [More]

As Self Storage of Valuable Belongings Increases, So Must Knowledge of Tenant Insurance

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 8:28 AM
With more valuable belongings winding up in self storage nowadays, tenants are increasingly aware and interested in insurance for their belongings. Self storage operators must decide whether to offer minimal insurance for a fee or require the tenant to obtain outside insurance. It is an issue attracting more attention as space in people’s houses decreases and purchasing of goods increases. How tenants should be advised on insurance is often up to the self storage operator. [More]
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