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A Touch Paint Can Make a World of Difference

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2011 3:35 PM
Ask anyone that buys an old self storage facility (or any other previously owned business) what the first thing they plan on doing is and they will likely say that they will be throwing a new coat of paint on the old building to give a new, vibrant look; to make the building look nice. [More]

Hide-Away Storage in Florida Launched a Mobile Website

by Holly Robinson December 23, 2011 10:27 AM
Technology is increasingly part of everyday life. In the past ten years, computers have become smaller and more powerful; companies conduct business over the Internet; and people expect their cell phones to have access to the Internet, to take pictures, to give weather conditions, and to make financial transactions.

We have become a mobile society that expects access and connection through smart phones. Because of this expectation, companies are developing applications that extend a smart phone’s capabilities. Some self storage business owners recognize people’s expectations for connectivity on their phone and are stepping up to meet those expectations. [More]

Packing and Storing Tips for Self Storage Customers

by John Stevens December 22, 2011 1:35 PM
When prospective clients visit your self storage facility, give them a guide on how to pack and store their belongings. Customers appreciate the tips and hints because they are from the experts. When you create your tips sheet, be sure to include the following information. [More]

Self Storage Industry Shows its Christmas Spirit on Both Sides of the Ocean

by Tony Gonzalez December 22, 2011 9:56 AM
December brings the holiday season to people all over the world. Different lands, of course, have their own way of celebrating this special time of year. For example, in the United States kids look forward to seeing what Santa Claus brings them under the tree. In the UK they don’t look for Santa Claus as much, but look for Father Christmas to leave presents in their stockings. [More]

Boy Scouts and Self Storage Company Believe in Being Prepared

by Holly Robinson December 21, 2011 6:54 PM
Be prepared. It’s a pretty simple statement; one that has been the motto of the Boy Scouts of America for decades. When it comes to being prepared for the holiday season, which is often easier said than done, people will do whatever it takes. With the help of a local self storage company, a Boy Scout troop helped hundreds of people do just that. [More]

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Drive Coming to a Close

by John Stevens December 21, 2011 11:43 AM
The Christmas season is the time of year when people are especially aware of those less fortunate in their community. People across the nation open their hearts - and their wallets -- and participate in drives for toys, coats, winter wear, and non-perishable food items. Owners and managers of self storage facilities are prominent among those who reach out to help their needy neighbors. [More]

Diversification Into Self Storage Can Only Lead to Success

by Winnie Hsiu December 20, 2011 4:12 PM
Anyone that has taken a business class has studied some business models that claim doing or making just one thing—but doing it very well, not just good—is the way to go. While there is some merit to that, there is another theory that more businesses, self storage and otherwise, have been known to embrace—diversification. [More]

Safeguard Self Storage Opens Tenth Facility in Chicago

by Tony Gonzalez December 20, 2011 9:15 AM
Safeguard Self Storage recently acquired its tenth facility. Their newest location is in Chicago and is located at 9001 West 47th street in McCook Village, 15 miles west of Chicago. Safeguard has 10 locations within the Chicago area and 63 stores nationwide. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Know What to Do When it Comes to Giving

by John Stevens December 19, 2011 8:31 PM
It is common for people to feel like donating to charity during the holiday season. Many businesses including your local self storage facility tend to get involved with helping a charity of some kind during the holiday season as a collective way to give back to the community and help those who are down on their luck. With so many worthwhile charities in existence it is hard not to find one willing to accept aid. [More]

LifeStorage Self Storage in Chicago Helps Raise Toys

by Kim Kilpatrick December 19, 2011 8:33 AM
LifeStorage, Chicago self storage provider, is the official storage facility for all donations collected by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation toy drive. The culminating event of the toy drive is sponsored by the WGN Morning News and will be held from 5 a.m. through 9 a.m. on December 20th at the station's studio located 2501 W. Bradley Place. There will be a visit from St. Nick, Christmas carolers, holiday fun, and an appearance by Jennifer Hudson. [More]
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