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A Flex Mini Storage Owner Develops Innovative Business Solution

by Kim Kilpatrick September 16, 2013 10:11 PM
When self storage facility owners want to expand and add on to their facility, one of the many challenges they face is to secure permits and to pass and comply with zoning laws. And, those zoning laws can be a stickler.

Doug Isaacson and his son, Eric, operate A Flex Mini Storage in Montgomery, Alabama. Earlier this year, they wanted to expand their facility. But, the land that they wanted to use wasn’t zoned for storage units. [More]

Want Some Help Getting Into Self Storage Auctions?

by Kim Kilpatrick September 16, 2013 10:08 PM
When you hear about some of the incredible—and valuable—finds that the people on shows like Storage Wars have had you have to wonder if you can do it too. Why not, right? Well—because it may not be as easy as it looks, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t. You just might need a little help to get started. [More]

Self Storage Company Proves If You Give Them Reasons People Will Come

by Tony Gonzalez September 13, 2013 10:59 PM
In the Field of Dreams Kevin Costner did not start building a baseball diamond into his field until he heard a voice say those famous words—if you build it, they will come. Businesses—self storage and otherwise—wish it was that easy to get customers to visit. Instead it is a little different. Just building it is not enough. [More]

Hold Creative Facebook Contests to Promote Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson September 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Social media is where it’s at. It’s where people hang out, socialize, and connect with others. So, social media contests – especially on Facebook – is a simple way to show up where your self storage customers and prospective customers are. It's a way to engage with them -- and a place to hold contests to promote your self storage business.

There have been some clever Facebook contests lately like the selfie photo contest that SpareFoot is hosting from now through October 20. Or the video jingle contest that SmartStop Self Storage did. Or The Great American Road Trip that Door to Door Storage sponsored. [More]

There is Nothing Like Fighting the Good Fight in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu September 12, 2013 9:17 PM
For many businesses—self storage and otherwise—it can be a fight in order to keep the doors open at first, or at all for that matter. In spite of the struggle to stay open, many businesses are still more than willing to help fight the good fight against some of the many problems that society is afflicted with. [More]

Lackland Self Storage Meets Resistance to Proposed New Facility

by Winnie Hsiu September 12, 2013 3:54 PM
It's raining in Colorado. Over the last 24 hours they have been inundated with rain. Boulder got 9 inches. Louisville got 6.6. Estes Park got 5 inches. Rain is expected to continue through Friday. Roads are closed. Schools are closed. People have been ordered to evacuate some of the areas. Flash flood warnings are out in many areas.

Rain and flooding is also a concern for citizens in the Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook, New Jersey - and for Lackland Self Storage. [More]

Man Buys Self Storage Unit Full of Dikembe Mutombo Related Memorabilia

by John Stevens September 11, 2013 10:58 PM
Everyone wants to find a needle in a haystack. Not literally of course. No, what everyone wants to find is the million dollar idea, the sure-fire money making invention, or the hidden treasure. It’s all about getting rich quick which is something that some people have had luck doing when they buy self storage units at a lien auction. [More]

Apple Self Storage in Canada Will Donate Money to the ABLE Network

by Tony Gonzalez September 11, 2013 8:52 PM
We’ve all heard the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ I think I’ll coin a new saying: an apple a day is the charitable way. That’s apple as in Apple Self Storage. [More]

Attention to Detail Pays Off in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens September 10, 2013 11:32 PM
Have you ever felt like a certain company that provides a service for you or the community is slacking off? Do you feel like they are not really worried about doing the best job possible for you since there is nowhere else for you to go? That is not a problem that you’ll likely find in the self storage industry though. [More]

MyWay Mobile Storage Sponsors Irish Festival In Pittsburgh

by Kim Kilpatrick September 10, 2013 4:08 PM
Several years ago, I saw Riverdance perform. I was blown away! And, I fell in love with their music and their fascinating dancing. There's just something special about the Irish and their dancing. MyWay Mobile Storage understands this pull for Irish things . [More]
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