Contributing Editors

Self Storage is One Social Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 24, 2013 7:38 PM
It used to be that when a person walked down the street and appeared to be talking to himself people gave that person a wide berth. Nowadays it is common to see a number of people doing it; not because the world is going crazy. Thanks to modern technology there just isn’t as much need to interact with the immediate world around us. [More]

Time Management Tips for Self Storage Owners

by Kim Kilpatrick January 24, 2013 7:27 PM
A small self-storage business owner wears many hats. He works in the office and rents units to people. He keeps the financial books. He maintains the buildings and landscaping. He collects the bills. He even clears the snow.

The top two worries for small business owners are all of the multiple roles they have in their business and that they don’t have enough time to do everything that they need to do. One in four small business owners believe that just one extra hour in the working day is worth more than $500. [More]

Not Sure Where to Open Your Self Storage Facility? Try the Big Apple!

by John Stevens January 23, 2013 10:20 PM
Going into business is not an easy thing to do. Just making the decision is hard enough. Tack on all the planning and design work that goes into it and it can take months before you are even ready to break ground or purchase an existing building. One of the first decisions that have to be made of course is where you are going to go. [More]

News Roundup of the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu January 23, 2013 11:14 AM
There are three pieces of news that I would like to share with you today.

First, the Inside Self Storage World Expo will be held April 3-5 in the Paris Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. Put that on your calendar and plan on attending. [More]

Self Storage Aggregator Shows How Easy it is to Search—and Do it Right

by Kim Kilpatrick January 22, 2013 8:31 PM
Did you ever have a hard time when you were ‘it’ playing hide and go seek as a kid? Did you have trouble finding people? Was it difficult for you to figure out where to find people? Did it leave you feeling lost at times and a little frustrated when another round of the game started up and you were still it? [More]

Do You Have a Responsive Web Site Design?

by Holly Robinson January 22, 2013 3:13 PM
It is estimated that during 2013, sales of tablets will exceed 100 million globally. It is also estimated that this year will be the first year since 2001 when the sales of personal computers will be lower than the sales of the previous year. [More]

Self Storage Industry Is All About Being User-Friendly

by Tony Gonzalez January 21, 2013 9:11 PM
How many times when you were growing up did you get a present that was supposed to be kid-friendly and age appropriate, but you had a hard time figuring out how to use it? Parents, how often have you bought a toy for your child (again, age appropriate) only to find that you had a hard time comprehending the instructions yourself? [More]

Video Conferencing for Self Storage Owners

by Holly Robinson January 18, 2013 9:00 PM
Let’s say that you are the owner of multiple self storage facilities. Let’s say that you have facilities in Tupelo, Little Rock, one in Atlanta, and five throughout the state of California. The cost of flying to these various destinations to train managers and oversee your business can add up fast. What is a cheaper and more effective way to meet with your employees and to provide training to those that are spread across large distances?

Do video conferencing. [More]

There’s Nothing like a Good Self Storage Party

by Holly Robinson January 18, 2013 6:52 PM
Is there anyone that doesn’t enjoy a good party? Really—who does not want to relax for a few hours, let your figurative hair down, and have some fun? Certainly not anyone in the self storage industry (and yes the self storage industry does love a good party)! [More]

Caring About Others Common Practice for Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 17, 2013 9:57 PM
People go into business with the intent and desire to make money. However, often times a business will find that it ends up doing so much more than just try to keep the ledger in the black. Many end up becoming an important member of the community, and find more than one way to give back and make it a better place to live. [More]
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