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Conversions and Expansions Part of Doing Business in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 24, 2014 11:54 PM
There are many decisions that have to be made when it comes to owning and operating a business—self storage or otherwise. Some will be materials related. Others will be in regards to operations, personnel—the list could go on and one. When it comes down to it they all have one thing in common. Their purpose is to help the owner(s) make money. [More]

Manhattan Mini Storage Announces Contest Winner

by Holly Robinson January 24, 2014 4:33 PM
I love watching the TV show Extreme Makeover with designer and host Ty Pennington. I love to see how they renovate and fix up homes – and how much the less fortunate families appreciate all of the work that the Extreme Makeover team does to their home.

Following after a similar theme, Manhattan Mini Storage held an extreme apartment makeover contest. They announced that Ben Raffalli is the winner – and he’s probably just as excited about his apartment makeover as those who are on the TV show. [More]

Another Self Storage Aggregator Site Joins the Fray

by Winnie Hsiu January 23, 2014 11:56 PM
In a Field of Dreams all Kevin Costner had to do was build it. If he built it they would come—and they did. As nice as it would be for that to work in the business world—self storage or otherwise—it doesn’t. If you want them to come, people have to be able to find you. For many self storage facilities that means joining up with one of the many self storage aggregator websites. [More]

LifeStorage Opens New Facility in Barrington, Illinois

by Kim Kilpatrick January 23, 2014 5:22 PM
LifeStorage announced the opening of its newest facility in Barrington, Illinois. This brings the number of facilities in Illinois up to 28. It is located at 1455 South Barrington Road. [More]

Everywhere You Look the Self Storage Industry is Developing

by Holly Robinson January 22, 2014 11:41 PM
One of the most annoying questions job applicants have to often answer is this—where do you see yourself in five years? The obvious answer is still employed, but making more money. However, that is not what they are looking for. No, they want to see that you are interested in making progress and laying down roots. [More]

American Self Storage Implements Self Storage Manager Software

by Winnie Hsiu January 22, 2014 7:00 PM
It’s a rare job in today’s world that doesn’t in some way or another require the use of a computer and access to the Internet. American Self Storage is among those businesses that use computers and online software. Recently, they implemented Self Storage Mobile Website (SSM) and Customer Portal modules at 13 of their storage facilities. [More]

Self Storage Industry Wants to Help You Protect Yourself

by John Stevens January 21, 2014 11:40 PM
Deciding to entrust your stuff to another can be a hard thing to do. You hold on to things because you want them and you paid good money for them. However, when you start to run out of space you have to do something. You either have to start giving away/selling things or find more space at a self storage facility. [More]

Steve Lucas Joins The Storage Group

by Holly Robinson January 21, 2014 7:55 PM
The Storage Group recently announced the addition of a new member of their leadership team. They hired Steve Lucas to be the Director of Sales. He will be responsible for leading The Storage Group sales team and implementing long term scalable internal systems. Other members of The Storage Group leadership team include Brian Pelski, principal and director of operations, Larry Hanks, principal and director of business development, Christ Edwards, Joyce Hanks, Holly Ritchie, Lydia Lovig, Connor Mckelvey, Justine Billante, and Sandy Edwards [More]

The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive in More Ways Than One in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 20, 2014 11:55 PM
In the 80’s classic movie The Secret to My Success a young Michael J. Fox starred as a young business graduate looking to make his mark in the world. Even though he had to start out in the mailroom, he had enough of the entrepreneurial spirit in him that he concocted a crazy scheme to prove his worth to the executive world and eventually took over the company. [More]

The Gift of Rocks

by Kim Kilpatrick January 20, 2014 11:38 AM
A few years ago, my aunt and uncle bought 2 acres where they built their new home. In the process, they discovered their property contained almost more rocks that soil. They battled rocks as they landscaped their yard and created their vegetable garden. They came to despise rocks.

However, Charlotte Tackett, manager of Sentinel Self Storage in Dover, Delaware, is just the opposite. She loves rocks. In fact, she’s downright sentimental about them. [More]
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