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New Storage Units Approved in Comox, British Columbia

by Holly Robinson August 24, 2012 5:45 PM
Comox is a charming seaside town situated only 317 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Located on the small peninsula in the Georgia Strait on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, it has a ‘small town’ feel with only 13,627 residents. During the 1990s, this area was one of the fastest growing in British Columbia – many people left the urban settings of the big cities from the surrounding areas. [More]

Easy Access Important in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick August 24, 2012 2:48 PM
Access is something that is very important in today’s society. Whether it is having access to the right people, places, finances, or anything else being able to get to it with minimal difficulty is the goal in our daily lives as well as our professional ones. That could not be more evident than it is within the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Company Wants You Feeling the Blues

by Winnie Hsiu August 23, 2012 9:59 PM
There are many things in life that can cause us to feel a little blue. When the summer months are winding down and the prospect of having to stay inside during the cold winter months starts to set in it is only natural to get a case of the blues. Losing your wallet, forgetting your lunch, breaking your DVR—all good reasons for feeling the blues. [More]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

by Tony Gonzalez August 23, 2012 6:10 PM
A typical rental contract for a self storage unit has a section that explains what happens in the event that the renter fails to make monthly payments. After a predetermined amount of time (that is stated in the contract), the owner of the storage facility can auction off the contents of a storage unit to recoup lost rent monies. Usually, the situation is straightforward – renters that are delinquent in their payments get their items sold. [More]

Upcoming Self Storage Master Class to Be Held

by Holly Robinson August 22, 2012 6:22 PM
An apprentice is a beginning ‘student’ in a trade or a craft. The apprentice learns all that he can. When he completes his apprenticeship level, he becomes a journeyman and is fully educated and qualified to work in that trade or craft.

Kevin Rollings has 25 years experience in the self storage industry. He is well beyond the apprentice and the journeyman level. In fact, he has earned his Certified Self Storage Manager with the Self Storage Association of which he is a member. He now holds Master Classes where he shares his wisdom and experience with investors, owners, and managers who want to learn how to invest and turn a profit in the self storage market. [More]

Self Storage Company Reaches Major Milestone

by John Stevens August 22, 2012 5:24 PM
When we were all kids there were certain milestones we looked forward to like being able to stay up a little later, being tall enough to ride the really fun rides at the fair, or taking that first driving lesson as a teenager. As much as we strive for and wish to reach personal milestones, those that companies set for themselves are just as important. [More]

It's a Good Time for Expansion in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick August 21, 2012 9:46 PM
There are a few things in business that people do not want to talk about. At the top of the list is likely bankruptcy, debt, failure, but right up with them is expansion. Doing so can mean that the company will achieve greater levels of success or it could be what causes a good business to go under. [More]

Extra Space Storage is Number One in Online Brand Performance

by Winnie Hsiu August 21, 2012 6:19 PM
In the last 15 years, much has changed in the way companies do business – and that is largely due to the advent of the Internet. Today, it is a given that companies will have a web page. It is a given that prospective customers will search for information products and services on the Internet. Because of these givens, smart companies have developed marketing tactics so that prospective customers can easily find them.

Companies use SEO (which is search engine optimization) so that their web sites will have a high ranking when customers do a search. Companies use social networking such as Facebook and Twitter. These practices help companies get new customers and keep current ones. [More]

Zippy Shell Opens New Franchise in New Jersey

by John Stevens August 21, 2012 9:39 AM
Zippy Shell is working with Franchise Clique to find entrepreneurs who are looking for a new franchise opportunity. Together, they are creating a campaign to target those entrepreneurs.

"Zippy Shell is a great franchise concepts," says Franchise Clique CEO David Schwartz. "It combines the standard do-it-yourself moving model with the ease and convenience of having a trained professional do the moving or the storing for you." [More]

Software Helps Make Self Storage Sharp

by Tony Gonzalez August 20, 2012 8:52 PM
The saying is as old as can be, worn out, and totally overused but it still rings entirely true whether you are a college student trying to work on a paper, a parent looking for a gluten-free macaroni and cheese recipe, or a self storage facility operator looking to improve security and operational efficiency. [More]
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