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State Legislatures Starting to Update Lien Laws

by Tony Gonzalez March 24, 2011 8:28 PM
Self storage facilities around the country have seen an increase in business since over the recent years as Americans struggle with the hard times and try to hold onto what is theirs. However, since in many cases the need for self storage has been an economic one (i.e. moving into a smaller home) sometimes people can’t pay their storage bill either. [More]

Timely Tips for Managing Self Storage Employees and Evaluating Progress

by John Stevens March 24, 2011 11:58 AM
Employees need to be encouraged to achieve success and evaluation of their performance by managers is crucial. It is important to remember that staff plays a big role in the success of your business and can mean the difference between a mediocre and stellar operation. How to handle employees and evaluate their work is a skill every manager needs to master. [More]

What to Look Out for if a Self Storage Auction Looks Too Good

by Winnie Hsiu March 23, 2011 1:56 PM
Whenever television gets its grasp on something whatever it is will soon become part of the national lexicon. With the advent of reality shows based on auctions at self storage facilities like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters self storage unit auctions are quietly and quickly becoming quite popular. The problem is that with increased popularity comes those that will try to cheat the system. [More]

SelfStorageTalk.com Gaining Momentum As Biggest Forum for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 23, 2011 9:50 AM
Discussion forums were an integral part of the Inside Self-Storage World Expo that just wrapped up in Las Vegas last week. The forums gave those in the self storage industry an opportunity to talk directly with each other about topical issues. But when there’s no industry show to attend, where do those in the know go to discuss what’s on everyone’s mind? [More]

Education is Important to the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 22, 2011 1:12 PM
Knowledge is power. That statement has been uttered by more politicians, teachers, coaches, etc. and has been used in more movies than many other common platitudes. As overused as the statement may be it is exactly true. Without sufficient knowledge (of any kind) it can be incredibly difficult to do even the simplest of things in modern society which is precisely why receiving a good, quality education is the key to survival. [More]

Insight into Interest Rates Focus of Upcoming Webinar for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 22, 2011 8:30 AM
Interest rates change as the clock ticks. And while interest rates are presently at an all-time low, that may not last. As interest rates rise up and dip down, it’s crucial to have an understanding of what drives these movements. The US Federal Reserve last week kept interest rates at their record low of near 0 percent, rejecting fears of higher inflation. Investors, buyers and owners watch the market carefully and are always open to advice when it comes to insights into the vagaries of rates. [More]

Self Storage Company Supports Bocce Ball Fundraiser

by Holly Robinson March 21, 2011 5:29 PM
Supporting your community is a commendable act whether you’re a business, an athletic team, a random group of people, or an individual. For those that want to help make a difference in the world between work, school, family, and friends there are likely countless options for people that want to get involved. Sometimes the chance becomes available at a place of business you frequent like your local self storage facility. [More]

Reality Shows Peak Interest in Self Storage Auctions As Number of Defaults Rises

by John Stevens March 21, 2011 7:45 AM
It used to be that professional bidders, thrift store owners and flea market entrepreneurs were the main buyers at self storage auctions. But because of the popularity of A&E’s “Storage Wars” and Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters,” many novice bidders have joined the fray and increased numbers of attendees at storage auctions. Whereas a year ago only a handful of bidders would attend an auction, now those numbers have grown exponentially. [More]

Self Storage Company and Local Ice Hockey Team Showing Some Love

by Tony Gonzalez March 18, 2011 5:03 PM
Uncles are often times one of our favorite relatives. They are always ready to have fun, they just want to see you smile, and will often stop at nothing to make sure that you are having fun and are safe, happy, and healthy. Plus they often know embarrassing stories about Mom and Dad that are really, really funny. [More]

Webinar Focuses on Developing and Mastering Telephone Sales Skills

by John Stevens March 18, 2011 7:37 AM
Most of the time a self storage operator’s first point of contact with a potential customer is on the telephone. Even with all the online booking advances, nothing replaces an actual person to talk to and answer questions. It is an opportunity for a storage operator to shine and flex his salesman’s skills. Sales techniques and method of sales are teachable to anyone who has the desire to learn. [More]
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