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Thanks for the Memories Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2013 7:23 PM
Life is full of tons of experiences from little ones like enjoying a really good ice cream cone to bigger ones like getting your driver’s license. Everyone remembers things in their own special way. Some use pictures and others journals while some will find particular objects will bring back the memory of the time or place it came from. [More]

StorageMart in Missouri Participates in Shoe Drive

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2013 6:12 PM
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Owners and managers of self storage facilities are very charity minded. They do all that they can to support their communities and charitable organizations. StorageMart in Missouri is a perfect example of such benevolent work. [More]

Shrubs to Plant at Your Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez April 29, 2013 7:07 PM
Springtime is a good time to take a critical look at the landscaping around your self storage facility. Facilities without any landscaping look bleak and unwelcoming. Good landscaping adds greatly to the curb appeal for your business. Potential customers are more willing to rent units from a business that is well-landscaped than from one that isn’t.

So, if you are re-doing your landscaping or if you are building a new facility, here is a list of shrubs to consider planting. [More]

The More Self Storage Aggregators Can Do the Better

by Holly Robinson April 29, 2013 5:30 PM
Compartmentalizing jobs has its place. Some tasks can be so large that it is better to break the larger task down into smaller ones and to have people responsible for only their small piece. However, at the same time there is something to be said for letting someone take on whatever they feel like they can handle—you never know how much they can accomplish. [More]

Sprucing up Your Image is Never a Bad Thing in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick April 27, 2013 2:48 PM
Image is everything. That is what pretty people and ad executives the world over want us to believe. They don’t want us to hear the other old saying about how it’s what inside that matters most. When it comes to the business world—self storage or otherwise—both sayings are actually true. Sometimes it just takes the right executive and a little sprucing up to see that you are better off with both rather than just one. [More]

Lots Going on in the World of Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick April 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Springtime is a time of new growth in the natural world. Trees and shrubs are starting to leaf out. Tulips and daffodils are blooming. Many animals give birth to their young. It’s a time of coming out of hibernation and the doldrums of winter. The world of self storage seems to be coming out of hibernation, too. Additions are being added to facilities while other facilities are finding buyers. [More]

You Have to Know Who You Are Talking to in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens April 25, 2013 5:41 PM
Opening a business—self storage or otherwise-- is not the hard part. The hard part is getting your facility occupied. That’s what advertising and marketing is for, right? Yes, but if it is not done in the right fashion then it is essentially worthless. You have to target the right audience(s). [More]

Document Storage Recommendations for Self Storage Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu April 25, 2013 4:21 PM
In this digital world, you would think that businesses wouldn’t have to keep paper copies of their documents. In fact, many companies work toward creating a paperless office. Sad to say, for many others a paperless office isn’t feasible. Some government regulations require that paper documents be kept for four years. Some regulations require businesses to keep records for up to 10 years. [More]

Awards are More than Accolades in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez April 24, 2013 7:27 PM
Everyone likes to be recognized for doing something well; and even more so when they are considered the best at what they do. The feeling of success that comes with the accolades helps make all the hard work worthwhile. When it comes to the self storage industry (and other businesses) accolades are more than just a pat on the back. [More]

American Spectrum Awarded Property Management Assignment

by Kim Kilpatrick April 24, 2013 3:19 PM
When a baby is born into a family, adjustments are made to accommodate the little new addition. When the mother gives birth to twins, the adjustment is major. Two tiny babies are a huge responsibility to take care of at the same time. [More]
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