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A Phone Call Away From Self Storage and Fighting Cancer

by Winnie Hsiu September 14, 2012 11:24 PM
In today’s world people are always trying to find a way to kill two birds with one stone; we want to get more things done quicker while doing less ourselves. Call it lazy, call it time management, or call it being more productive; the point is that we are less and less satisfied with single purpose activities. We want to do more with less, and we want to do it yesterday! [More]

Use QR Codes to Market Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson September 14, 2012 6:47 PM
QR codes (short for “quick response”) -- you’ve probably seen them around because they are popping up everywhere you look. They are those little squares with a funky black and white pattern inside. They are cousin to the bar code.

You use a QR code reader on your smart phone (and your phone needs to have a camera) to scan the square and read the information in the code. That information can contain a variety of information: a link to a video, webpage, document, picture, graphic, or just plain text. [More]

Chicago Self Storage Facility has gone to the Dogs

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2012 9:15 PM
“It’s a dog eat dog world out there and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear,” was one of the any phrases that bar regular Norm Peterson uttered upon entering the bar in the hit television show Cheers (from the 80s and 90s). While at times we can all appreciate the sentiment that he is expressing, there is no one that understands it better than some of the pups at the Chicago English Bull Dog Rescue (CEBR). [More]

A Self Storage in Nova Scotia is Affected by Hurricane Leslie

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2012 8:09 PM
People along the Gulf Coast are very familiar with flooding that comes from the torrential rains that accompany hurricanes. They know about the high winds. They know about the downpour. They know exactly what the people of Nova Scotia are going through right now.

Earlier this week, Hurricane Leslie pounded Nova Scotia and dumped over 5 inches of rain over the area. Roads washed out. Homes were flooded. A dike behind a clothing plant broke causing the plant to be evacuated. Firefighters in a boat went door-to-door rescuing people. [More]

Charity Storage Makes a Presentation at the SSA Conference & Trade Show in Vegas

by Tony Gonzalez September 12, 2012 6:45 PM
The Self Storage Association held its Fall Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas on September 5-7 at Ceaser’s Palace. Charity Storage and Kure It Cancer Research were there and offered a way for the self storage industry to give back to the communities that they are in. [More]

Want to Learn how to Make Money at Self Storage Auctions from the Pros?

by John Stevens September 12, 2012 6:25 PM
Who doesn’t want to strike it rich? Is there a person anywhere that hasn’t day dreamed at least once about finding the figurative financial needle in a haystack that would put an end to or at least alleviate all financial worries? The good people at would like to help you learn how to do just that. [More]

What Do You Use a Self Storage Unit For?

by Holly Robinson September 11, 2012 11:01 PM
There are some questions that will forever remain unanswered. We will never know what came first, the chicken or the egg; the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa—a total mystery. There is one question, however, that we do know the answer to now, and that is what can be stored in a self storage unit. [More]

StorageMart Announces Giveaway Winner

by Winnie Hsiu September 11, 2012 6:08 PM
Toe tappin’ music. Finger-lickin’, sauce-drizzling-down-your-chin scrumptious barbeque. A half-marathon and a 10K run. Vendors such as the Chocolate Factory, Creative Days Art Studio, Culligan, and Make Scents. What does this have to do with self storage? Everything – if you are the winner of a giveaway sponsored by StorageMart. The winner will enjoy all this – and more at the upcoming Roots n Blues n BBQ. [More]

Garage Sales, Charity, and Self Storage are America

by Kim Kilpatrick September 10, 2012 8:35 PM
There are certain things that are uniquely American. You can’t really say baseball or any other sport is anymore; they are all pretty much played all over the world now. If there was anything that could be considered uniquely American it would be garage sales, charity, and the self storage industry. [More]

7 Ways to Motivate Employees

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2012 8:32 PM
One company, with almost 45 employees, had very low morale. In a two-month period, 5 people quit. Through the company rumor mill, it was noised about that there was a significant amount of other dissatisfied employees that were looking for jobs elsewhere. Management did nothing to improve the morale.

Employees are a company’s most valuable resource and proper motivation is key to their productivity. Happy employees are dedicated, hard-working employees – ones who care about their job, care about their customers, and want to give them excellent customer service. [More]
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