Contributing Editors

Kickstarter is Not the Only Way to Kick Start a Self Storage Project

by Tony Gonzalez October 3, 2013 11:50 PM
Social media has become a great tool for people looking for a little help getting started. Thanks to it people are able to contact people that they never would get in front of before. In some cases they actually received the kick start they needed to get their business on track. [More]

Questions to Ask Prospective Employees

by Kim Kilpatrick October 3, 2013 8:57 PM
The other day, a friend of mine told me of a situation at his work. He told about a person who had recently been hired at his company. The fellow was a nice enough chap. However, he just did not have the skills necessary for the job.

Jim Collins in his book Good to Great explains how companies need to get the right people on the bus – meaning that they need to hire the right people. Then, they need to get the right people in the right seat. By doing this, a company can move from being a mediocre business to a great one. [More]

Have Website Will Travel in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens October 2, 2013 11:43 PM
In the Old West—at least the one portrayed in movies—having a gun certainly could make it much easier to travel. It is not unusual for certain things to have a significant impact on the success or failure of something else. For example, you likely not find too many writers that will not have a computer to type their articles or stories on. [More]

Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Energy Rates

by Tony Gonzalez October 2, 2013 8:02 PM
Over the years, people have promoted solar panels as the way to save on energy costs. Installing solar panels have been touted as being eco-friendly and a way to be nice to Mother Earth. Now, another side to that story is starting to emerge.

Utility companies are afraid that they will lose so many customers (and therefore revenue) that they won’t be able to maintain their power grid or be able to afford to add on to the grid or build new power plants. So, they want to add fees and charges to businesses (and homes) that have solar power. [More]

Self Storage Companies Continue to Show Support for Local Sports Teams

by John Stevens October 1, 2013 11:27 PM
When you play for a local sports team there is one thing that can cause the downfall of the club faster than anything else. It’s not a lack of players; you can always do more recruiting. It’s not losing; there is always next week and many folks don’t play solely in order to win. No, but if they can’t pay for the game they can’t play, and if you can’t play there is nothing to recruit for and no reason to hang out. [More]

Win a Free Trip to Las Vegas

by Holly Robinson October 1, 2013 7:13 PM
I never win contests. Never. Then, a couple of years ago I entered one and won a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast in Carmel, California. Holy cow! The bed and breakfast was a delightful place and I had a wonderful time in Carmel.

People in the self storage industry have the opportunity to enter a contest (that is just as wonderful) and win a free trip to Las Vegas to attend the largest self storage industry expo. [More]
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