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Self Storage Lien Law Legislation Making Headway in Florida and Nevada

by John Stevens April 22, 2011 12:02 PM
Two states, Florida and Nevada, are making steady progress with self storage lien law legislation as other states are gearing up for or finalizing bills. Illinois and Tennessee all have lien law legislation in progress and just last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 11-039, which includes improvements to the state’s lien law for self storage operators. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Help the Homeless

by Winnie Hsiu April 22, 2011 11:25 AM
One thing that most people never want to have to become is homeless. The concept of having nothing and not being able to sleep at night with a roof overhead would be impossible for many of us to even consider. However, there are thousands of people every day that never know where they are going to sleep, what they are going to eat, and have nothing but what is on their backs and they can carry. [More]

Popularity can be Profitable in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick April 21, 2011 2:35 PM
People have always looked to the opinions of others when it comes to just about everything. We tend to feel that if we can get an opinion from someone that used the product or travelled to the destination than we are getting a true assessment of its value and a much clearer picture of how good it is relative to what commercials or advertising says. [More]

Powerful and Practical Phone Skills Focus of Upcoming Self Storage Webinar

by John Stevens April 21, 2011 10:16 AM
As with most industries, the self storage industry relies on sales as a critical component of self storage occupancy and revenue, and therefore success. Self-storage operators and managers must be consummate salespeople, clearly explaining their facilities’ features and benefits, building value, responding to customer objections and successfully closing the sale. There is nothing more effective to reaching out and making a connection with the customer than the old-fashioned phone call. [More]

Self Storage Enhances Marketing Presence with Use of Internet Video

by John Stevens April 21, 2011 9:29 AM
Video has become a main staple of many business websites, enhancing internet marketing presence and beefing up effective search engine optimization (SEO) tools. And for self storage, virtual tours of the outside of the facility as well as the more detailed views of extra-wide drive aisles, covered loading areas, interior shots of units and a clean office will make customers feel more comfortable with your facility and be more likely to rent from you. [More]

Conferences Help Keep Self Storage Community Up to Date and Connected

by Holly Robinson April 20, 2011 10:28 AM
It may seem sort of strange to say in this day and age, but connecting with people can be difficult. Yes, communicating with them can be done in more ways than people thought imaginable 25 years ago. Cell phones have become commonplace, the internet now allows us to video conference with people, and there are always the old, reliable ways like email and snail mail. [More]

Championed by the Self Storage Industry, Colorado Lien Bill Signed Into Law

by John Stevens April 19, 2011 8:14 PM
As changes to lien laws sweep across the country for the self storage industry, Colorado is the latest state to enact changes to streamline the legal process. Last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 11-039, “A Bill for an Act Concerning the Consequences of Default in Payments Due for Storage of Personal Property in a Self-Storage Facility” which improves the state’s lien laws for self storage operators. [More]

Self Storage Facility Recognized for its Beauty

by John Stevens April 19, 2011 1:38 PM
Whenever people hear that a self storage facility will soon be joining their community the news is not always met with the sounds of joy and happiness for the impending arrival of a new neighbor. It seems that there is a stereotype about self storage facilities; that they are not the most pleasant thing to look at. [More]

Federal Taxes Take Their Toll on Small Businesses

by John Stevens April 18, 2011 5:31 PM
Taxes are due today and according to a new report, small businesses take the brunt of the burden and are spending billions of hours on federal tax compliance. Researchers from IBM Global Business Services, IRS NHQ Office Research and Quantria Strategies have released a report with some surprising small business news on how much time taxes actually take. [More]

Animals Living a Better Life Thanks to Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez April 18, 2011 1:19 PM
Dogs have always been known as man’s best friend, but animals of all kinds have been known to give people comfort and friendship in a time of need. Maybe your dog put his head in your lap and reminded you that someone loves you when you needed it. Perhaps your cat made you laugh with the way they attacked a toy with such gusto. [More]

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