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Self Storage Industry has a History of Being a Family Affair

by Holly Robinson September 21, 2012 10:14 PM
Many people are happy to simply go through life living as they choose and in the end being buried and forgotten. Others prefer to think that their time on this planet was something of value to not just them personally, but to their family and society in some way, shape, or form. They want history to look upon them fondly as being someone that mattered. [More]

Storage Asset Management Inc. Throws Support Behind Charity Storage

by Holly Robinson September 21, 2012 10:15 AM
During presidential election years, we all know that big businesses throw their support behind a presidential by giving huge financial contributions to the candidate of their choice. Companies like Microsoft, Google, the University of California, and DAL the Piper law firm have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign. Romney's campaign has received large amounts of money from Goldman Sachs, JP Chase Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. [More]

Self Storage News Roundup

by Kim Kilpatrick September 20, 2012 10:05 PM
In Sarasota, Florida, Quality Self Storage purchased a self storage facility for $1.7 million dollars. This amount is almost half of the price that it was valued at eight years ago in 2004. The current owner paid $3.28 million for the business at that time. The facility has over 93,000 square-feet and was built 39 years ago. This was the second self storage business in the area that was sold in the last several months. [More]

Party at the Self Storage Facility!

by Tony Gonzalez September 20, 2012 9:49 PM
Self storage units have been used for a lot of things, some of them illegal, but mostly legal. People have stored all sorts of things in them from old clothes and furniture to cars and recreational vehicles along with all sorts of odds and ends. However, there are some enterprising individuals that use there self storage units for more social purposes. [More]

Ideas from Self Storage Businesses in Australia

by John Stevens September 19, 2012 7:19 PM
Sometimes managers and owners of self storage facilities feel that they out of new ideas of ways to expand and improve their business. Sometimes looking at what others in the industry do can spark new ideas – especially when they are not local businesses or even national businesses.

For example, look at what is happening in Australia. Gareth Taylor and Adam Gilchrist founded Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage and Moving in Australia in 2007. It was one of the first mobile storage businesses in the country. In 2010, it came to the United States. Their concept is to deliver a storage container to customers, customers load it at their convenience, and the company picks up the unit and keeps it at their secure facility. [More]

Need a Self Storage Facility? Check Out YouTube!

by Winnie Hsiu September 19, 2012 4:27 PM
At one time advertising used to be strictly in print, on billboards, and on the radio. The advent of television opened up a whole new stream as companies started making commercials. Now we have mobile marketing plans where ads are placed in text messages, paint jobs on cars representing companies, and don’t forget about the internet. [More]

Mini-Storage Messenger Sponsors Two Free Webinars

by Holly Robinson September 18, 2012 6:31 PM
Many college students heave a big sigh of relief once they graduate. No more tests. No more research papers. No more final exams. But does that mean no more learning? Hopefully not.

Abraham Lincoln said, "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." The premise behind Lincoln’s quote is that people should learn something everyday. They should continue growing, improving, and stretching themselves. This premise also applies to those who work in the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Company in Pacific Northwest Could Get a Lot More Relaxing

by Kim Kilpatrick September 18, 2012 6:25 PM
On the surface the word relaxing might not seem like one that would be associated too often with the self storage industry. If you think about it for a moment it absolutely should. When you have too much stuff cluttering up your house you tend to feel a little boxed in or stressed right? Making space by taking stuff to a self storage unit takes away the stressor and creating a more relaxing environment. [More]

Easy Self Storage in Sherman, Texas, Is a Drop Off Center for e-Waste

by Tony Gonzalez September 17, 2012 8:15 PM
Take a look around you home. How many old computers do you have? Keyboards and mice? How about old CRT monitors? Do you still have an external zip drive hanging around collecting dust? Have your children outgrown their Nintendo game and is it sitting idly by stuffed in the back of a closet in your family room?

Experts estimate that electronic waste makes up over 70% of the nation’s toxic waste. And with new electronics coming out every year, that amount will only increase. What is a person to do with all of the old technology that they no longer use or need? Drop it off at an e-waste recycling drop off center, that’s what. [More]

Self Storage Isn’t Just for Self Storage Anymore

by John Stevens September 17, 2012 7:42 PM
When the self storage industry began back in the 1960s the idea was to give people that needed a little extra space for their stuff exactly what they needed—space. For the most part that is exactly what people use the self storage industry for. However, there is a small but growing population that is using self storage space for something else. [More]
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