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Manager of the Month Exhibits Stellar Qualities

by Tony Gonzalez August 17, 2011 3:01 PM
Owners of self storage units know that hiring the right person to manage the facility is crucial to business success. A manager can literally make or break the business. When you have a good manager, you have peace of mind and confidence that the business is in capable hands. Recently, Susan Powers, district trainer and manager of the Carpentersville LifeStorage facility, received the Self Storage Manager of the Month award by SpareFoot. It's easy to see why. [More]

Niche Market Provides Income for some Self Storage Facilities

by John Stevens August 16, 2011 4:43 PM
A century ago it was a lot easier to come up with a business idea than it is now simply because there was not as much competition in most markets and just providing a general service and/or product was enough to keep you in business. In modern times, that could not be further from the truth. [More]

Organize and Declutter Your Garage

by Kim Kilpatrick August 16, 2011 12:42 PM
In recent years, home owners have had a time difficult selling their homes. The recession, high interest rates, and unemployment have affected the home selling market. However, a recent study found that homes that were properly cleaned, free of clutter, and well presented were on the market 80% less time than homes that were not. [More]

Extra Space Storage Assists Back-to-School Efforts

by Kim Kilpatrick August 15, 2011 3:38 PM
In many parts of the country, August is synonymous with going back to school. Parents register their children and then purchase school supplies and clothing so their children will be prepared. Many times, school fees and back-to-school purchases put a strain on family finances. In an effort to provide support and relief to local families, Extra Space Storage of Columbia, South Carolina, is partnering with a local elementary school to provide basic school supplies for families with kindergarten and first grade students. [More]

More Businesses Starting to Take Advantage of Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez August 15, 2011 1:53 PM
When people think about self storage units, they often think about individual people needing some extra space to store their odds and ends whether it is because they are downsizing their living arrangements or are trying to de-clutter their home. However, more and more businesses are starting to realize that they too can benefit from the use of a self storage unit. [More]

Is there Reason for Concern in the Self Storage Industry?

by Kim Kilpatrick August 12, 2011 5:02 PM
Investing money is always a rather tenuous undertaking. The notion of turning whatever sum of money you have into something much larger is enticing to even the most skeptical investor. However, when the economy is poor and the stock market experiences major disruptions like it did recently, one has to wonder if you money is safe anywhere. [More]

Continuing Education through Webinars

by John Stevens August 12, 2011 4:18 PM
As children we are always told that the key to a successful future is getting a good education. What we find out as we get older is that is only partly true. A good education will help you get your foot in the door. The key to a successful future is continuing education. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Others Help Others

by Tony Gonzalez August 11, 2011 8:07 PM
Anyone that has ever seen the Blues Brothers (the original movie with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi; not the remake with John Goodman) will remember the lyrics, “Everybody/ Needs some body/” to the song ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.’ No song could better describe the human condition. [More]

A Little Recognition Never Hurts

by Kim Kilpatrick August 11, 2011 6:30 PM
Businesses typically do things that will increase their bottom line, and that is it. After all, that is the point of whatever it is they do, right? People on the other hand are a different. While there are some who act primarily to pad their personal bottom line, there are just as many who act out of a sense of loyalty or based on a set of core values. [More]

One Self Storage Company Can Make a Difference

by John Stevens August 10, 2011 7:14 PM
There are certain things that a lot of people do not do because they feel like it does not matter whether they do or not. Voting will always be a great example. How many elections have ever been decided by one vote? Another thing individuals make excuses not to do because they cannot make a difference is charitable work. [More]
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