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New Development in the Idaho Self Storage Saga

by John Stevens February 8, 2012 2:08 PM
Sequels rarely work. Often times the second will be okay, but the third installment and on tends to be a miss as often as it is a hit; for examples see the fourth Star Wars movie, the last Indiana Jones, and the last six or seven of the Friday the 13th series. Much like the Friday the 13th series, the story that has developed around the purchase of a self storage facility by the state of Idaho does not appear ready to go away anytime soon. [More]

LifeStorage in Chicago to be a Premier Sponsor for a Local Radio Talk Program

by Winnie Hsiu February 8, 2012 9:48 AM
Marketing and branding are top business concerns for owners of self storage facilities. They are always looking for new and innovative ways to market their business and ways to create a business brand and get it in the public's awareness. LifeStorage in Chicago is using some marketing innovation by connecting with a local sports-talk radio station. [More]

Did You Hear About That Great New Self Storage Facility?

by Holly Robinson February 7, 2012 2:29 PM
A likely common nightmare for people opening new self storage facilities goes something like this: It’s the morning of your big grand opening; you’ve spent thousands on upgrading this old building and turning it into a state-of-the-art self storage facility. You’ve gone out of the way to make sure the place looked immaculate. As luck would have it the one thing you feared could happen, does just that. [More]

Tips for Self Storage Managers on Collecting Late Rent

by Tony Gonzalez February 7, 2012 10:40 AM
There are lots of excuses for not paying rent on a storage unit: I lost my job; I wrecked my car and have unexpected bills; I needed the money for medicine for my sick kids. Many owners and managers of self storage facilities do not like having to collect on delinquent rent. If you are one of these managers, there are several steps that you can take to prevent some of the hassles of collecting overdue rent. [More]

Self Storage Company Ready to Handle Local Super Bowl Woes

by Winnie Hsiu February 6, 2012 11:26 AM
A large majority of the country watched the New York Giants prove the odds makers wrong by defeating the New England Patriots Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17. The disappointment for fans of the Patriots in the New England area is clearly understandable. Now that the season is done, what are fans to do with all their Patriots gear? [More]

StorageMart Canada Gives Two Hockey Fans Tickets to Tonight's Hockey Game

by Kim Kilpatrick February 6, 2012 11:03 AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team will play the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario. Thanks to StorageMart, two people received free tickets to see this exciting game. [More]

Self Storage Industry Helping East Meet West

by John Stevens February 3, 2012 4:29 PM
There are over 9.6 million square kilometers of space in the People’s Republic of China. The population is over 1.3 billion. That equates to roughly 137 people per square kilometer. While that only rates 53rd in the world whenever you have over 1.3 billion people within your borders there is one thing you are bound to run out of eventually—space. [More]

Self Storage Profits Inc. Helps 4 Students Acquire Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson February 3, 2012 9:32 AM
If someone chooses the self storage industry as a career, there aren't classes to take at a university that are specific to the industry. A person can take business courses and learn about business in general but as a rule there aren't courses that provide specific knowledge and skills that are key to running a successful self storage facility. However, there is a nationwide self storage education and mentoring firm that teaches and trains and mentors those interested in working in this area. That educational program is offered by Self Storage Profits Inc. [More]

Want a Chance to Find Treasure? Rent a Self Storage Unit.

by Tony Gonzalez February 2, 2012 6:57 PM
The words “treasure” and “self storage” have been paired together in recent years largely due to the popularity of reality television shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters. The idea of being able to spend a few hundred dollars at a self storage auction and have it turn into thousands (or more) when rare collectibles are found or even gold has many people willing to take that chance. [More]

SecureCare Self Storage Inc. Recovers Unpaid Cell-Tower Rent

by Kim Kilpatrick February 2, 2012 10:55 AM
When is a self storage business a provider for cell phones? When the business allows a cell phone company to erect a tower on its property. And this arrangement could be more lucrative than what was originally understood. At least it was for the SecureCare Self Storage Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina. [More]
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