Contributing Editors

Is Third Party Management the Way to Go for Your Self Storage Facility?

by Holly Robinson May 17, 2011 5:27 PM
Next to asking the love of your life whether she is willing to marry you (or figuring out whether you want to accept), one of the hardest decisions that people have to make is whether they should try to go into business for themselves. With the growth that the self storage industry has been experiencing of late, opening a self storage facility has become a good idea. [More]

When Homes Are in Peril, Self Storage Owners Often Lend a Helping Hand

by John Stevens May 17, 2011 6:51 AM
It is often thanks to the kindness of strangers that many people get past difficult situations in life. And those in the power to help in a direct way, sometimes self storage operators and owners, are thankfully often among the first to act. One such person was Detroit, Mich., businessman Glenn Wash who owns Schaefer Lyndon Self Storage and reached out to help a man who faces losing his home. [More]

For Industry Growth Look no Further than the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez May 16, 2011 6:11 PM
When the economy is going bad it can be hard for people to find good investments. The economy is considered bad for a reason; too many business ventures are failing, prices are going up, and people are out of work. However, in times like this there are some businesses that do flourish. [More]

Emerging Wireless Security Technology Gaining Momentum in Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens May 16, 2011 8:34 AM
The success of a storage facility depends on its ability to keep a tenant’s items safe and secure. New security technology available to self storage owners and operators engages tenants in the process and can generate more income while saving money on avoiding higher-priced security systems. The new radio-frequency (RF) wireless-alert systems warn self-storage tenants of a possible intrusion via text message within 60 seconds of an incident. [More]

Sometimes Security is in the Eye of the Beholder

by Winnie Hsiu May 13, 2011 10:17 PM
Today’s society is one that has become one that appreciates stuff. We like to own things; sometimes because we need them; at other times just because we want them. Regardless of the reason that we do buy whatever it is, we want to do whatever we can to make sure we hold on to our stuff. [More]

Auditing and Internet Topics of Upcoming Self Storage Webinars

by John Stevens May 13, 2011 8:55 AM
Two webinars sponsored by SkilCheck and Storitz will be held next week to guide self storage owners and operators on the topics of auditing and optimizing your internet presence to showcase your self storage property. [More]

Self Storage Company Goes Back to School

by Holly Robinson May 12, 2011 2:39 PM
Anyone who says they have not watched their kids or someone else’s blissfully playing some simple game and not thought,” The good ole days!” is lying. While life appeared to be as complex as can be when we were around elementary school age, the simplicity of it now from the outside looking in is enough to make you a little nostalgic. [More]

Steak and Storage in Orlando, Florida

by Kim Kilpatrick May 12, 2011 12:32 PM
Located near the heart of beautiful Orlando, Florida, Chad Webb's Extra Space Storage® facility offers its customers an incredible pairing of value and venue. As the Site Manager, Webb takes care to provide each of his clients with a safe, secure and easily accessible means of protecting their valuables. [More]

Good Land, Good Location, Good Timing Means Building RV/Boat Storage is a Good Idea

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 8:25 AM
If you’ve got a lot of land, a good location by water and good timing, then building a RV/boat storage facility might be a good business move. Today’s economy has made land costs cheap, steel prices low and concrete readily available and low-cost. Construction crews are also itching to find work. All of these factors combine to create a good time to construct a profitable RV/boat storage. [More]

Awards of Distinction Given to Self Storage Businesses in U.S. and Canada

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
Three self storage facilities have recently won notable awards for excellence in their industry. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Education Foundation recently named the Houston-based Proguard Self Storage a Winner of Distinction. Extra Space Storage of Estero, Fla., just accepted the David Graham Memorial Award for Excellence in Development. And Convey-All Industries Inc., a manufacturer of conveyor systems for a wide range of industrial uses and owner of Winkler Mini Storage in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, received the Award for Business Excellence at the Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 2011 P.W. Enns Business Awards. [More]
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