Contributing Editors



Opening and Expanding Self Storage - A Good Business Decision

by John Stevens May 24, 2011 6:42 AM
The self storage industry is a $22 billion dollar business that is thriving in the United States, enjoying economic growth as the country faces an economic recession. Currently, low variable rates and limited day-to-day obligations make self storage a less demanding industry to break into than apartment rentals or running a laundromat. New businesses are opening every day and this industry that is 90 percent owned by entrepreneurs was named one of the best industries for starting a business in 2010 by Inc. magazine. [More]

Self Storage the Secret to Success for Some

by Holly Robinson May 23, 2011 3:51 PM
For everyone there is one thing that stands out as what led them on the path to success that they are on today. Education may do the trick for some. For others, it may be that they know the right people in the right places and getting the proverbial door open. In many cases, it might be just blind luck. [More]

As Mississippi Flood Waters Rise, People Turn to Self Storage Facilities in Record Numbers

by John Stevens May 23, 2011 7:11 AM
The grand Mississippi River has turned into a swelling monster by rainfall and snowmelt, forcing people to flee their homes and seek refuge for their belongings in the safety of self storage. Those self storage facilities at a safe distance from the floodwaters are seeing record-high occupancy rates, surpassing what was seen after Hurricane Katrina five years ago. [More]

Golfing, Fine Eats, and Storage on the San Leandro Scene - An Extra Space Storage Featured Facility

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 3:56 PM
With its arched entry way and mission-style construction, the San Leandro Extra Space Storage self facility is one of the best looking businesses of its kind. Opened in August of 2009, the facility features units which can be customized to suit any customer's needs.

“We have 529 units with our configuration,” says the site manager, Paul Hunt, “because some are coupled together. It depends on how you combine the units.” [More]

Self Storage Industry Shows Respect to Veterans

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 2:00 PM
There can be no greater sacrifice than to give your life in service of one’s country. The men and women of the armed forces that work every day, often in harm’s way, to keep our country and our way of life safe deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. Various member of the self storage industry have only been too happy to do just that and show them how much they are appreciated. [More]

Hoarders Attracting National TV Attention and Helping Fill Self Storage

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 8:59 AM
Hoarders are some of self storage’s most numerous customers with big collections often winding up in self storage units. Extreme hoarders – those who hoard things like thousands of miniature animal figurines or mountains of clothes – often try to contain their massive collections within their homes, which can be dangerous and disturbing to family members. This hoarding phenomenon is picking up national attention thanks to a popular A&E show called “Hoarders” which tries to help the hoarders learn ways to clear out their homes, such as utilizing self storage. [More]

Self Storage Company Maintains a Presence in the Community

by Holly Robinson May 19, 2011 4:24 PM
There are a number of things that business persons are going to say is the most important thing about running a business. In one way, shape, or form they will all be right to an extent. However, one of the comments that would rank a lot higher than most would have to be: If the potential customers don’t know you are there, they can’t become actual customers. [More]

For Some, Self Storage is a Cool Place to Just Hang Out

by John Stevens May 19, 2011 8:32 AM
Self storage, to some people, is more than a place where belongings are stored, it is an escape where one can go to reminisce about the past, get some time alone or just kick back and relax. Some people visit their units every day, catalouging collections, practicing with their band, or just sitting on a lawn chair in the unit reading a newspaper. Sometimes self storage operators see customers so frequently they know them by name and often share in a cup of coffee and some small talk. [More]

Protection Via Contract is Vital in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu May 18, 2011 5:36 PM
There is nothing that stings a business person more than to suffer financial losses, embarrassment (that could chase possible customers away), or to have the good name of their business establishment sullied when they did absolutely nothing wrong. Sadly, that happens more often than one might think. [More]

California Self Storage Operators Roll Up Their Sleeves Again to Fight New Legislation

by John Stevens May 18, 2011 8:02 AM
There’s a renewed battle brewing between the newspaper industry and the self storage industry in California. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 655 into law in 2010 which after three years of fighting between the two opposing industries, resulted in a more cost-effective lien sale process and lien-sale notification procedure. But the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) has backed the recent Senate Bill 279 which would require self storage operators to announce lien sales in newspapers within elusive and smaller judicial districts rather than in newspapers that circulate in the county where the sale is to be held. [More]
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