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Assistance from Self Storage Makes a Big Difference

by Holly Robinson September 9, 2011 6:00 PM
There are many constants in life. Some of them are pleasant like the sun shining, the sky being blue, and football season starting on time. Others are not as pleasant like the fact that there is always going to be a segment of the population that is in need of help in some way, shape or form. [More]

Attend a Webinar to Increase Your Expertise

by Kim Kilpatrick September 9, 2011 9:49 AM
Denis Waitley once said, "Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience. "

Viewing life as a continuous learning experience is especially valuable to a business person. There are always news things to learn about business. With that in mind, there are two webinars available to owners and managers of storage units that will provide them with important knowledge and information. [More]

The Self Storage Industry Appreciates Its Past

by Winnie Hsiu September 8, 2011 8:31 PM
There is not a person in the United States that has not driven by a building that looked like it was comprised of a lot of closets and garages. Self Storage facilities have been around for years, and have even become a pretty reliable investment in an economy that is anything but reliable. [More]

U-Store-It to Undergo Name Change and Rebranding

by Tony Gonzalez September 8, 2011 9:34 AM
Homeowners are familiar with kitchen maker-overs. They take a room that is functional but doesn't meet their needs and remodel it so that it becomes their dream kitchen -- a showcase room that with up-to-date features and is a delight to use. In the storage world, U-Store-It is undergoing a make-over that will turn that business into an up-to-date one that is a delight for customers to use. [More]

Goodwill Common in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick September 7, 2011 8:06 PM
There are always people that are in need of assistance in the world. However, in poor economic times like many places are going through these days, there are even more people than normal that find themselves in need of help. The self storage industry is doing what it can to make sure as many people as possible get the help they need. [More]

What's the Real Price in Discounted Rent

by John Stevens September 7, 2011 10:53 AM
Everyone loves a bargain. In 2010, 49% of business transactions included free shipping. Many people canceled their orders when they discovered they couldn't get free shipping. In 2009, the Denny's restaurant chain offered a free breakfast to its customers. They saw increased revenue because of their giveaway. This year to celebrate its 84th anniversary, 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country offer free 7.11 ounce Slurpees to customers on the seventh day of each month. Nancy Smith, 7-Eleven's vice president of marketing, said that last year on the days when customers received a free slurpee sales increased 38%. [More]

Self Storage Companies Show their Appreciation

by Tony Gonzalez September 6, 2011 1:57 PM
Many years ago, a great musician named Stevie Wonder sang about calling just to say he loved someone. As nice as the sentiment is, tenants at your self storage facility might find that a little creepy. However, there is nothing wrong with showing a little appreciation every once in a while. [More]

Self Storage Expanding in the UK and in Russia

by Kim Kilpatrick September 6, 2011 9:53 AM
The self storage industry has been a fast growing business in the United States over the last 35 years. It is slowly growing in other countries around the world. Recently, it has expanded in the UK and in Russia. [More]

Self Storage in the 21st Century

by Kim Kilpatrick September 5, 2011 10:21 AM
Back in the day it only took a quality product and a little advertising to get ahead in the business world. Make or provide something that people really want and you were virtually a guaranteed success. As the 21st century progresses though, it takes more than just a quality product to be a success. [More]

Management Service Helps Florida Self Storage Companies ‘Bag It’

by Tony Gonzalez September 2, 2011 5:58 PM
Third party management companies are becoming more and more common as the self storage industry continues to experiences growth. The self storage industry has proven to be solid, reliable investments for many people in recent years, but making that investment turn a profit is not always easy to do. [More]
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