Contributing Editors



Is That a Plastic Duck in Your Self Storage Unit or are You Happy to See Me?

by Tony Gonzalez February 21, 2014 11:39 PM
All sorts of things can be stored in self storage units. It’s kind of the nature of the business. The customer needs space for their bike, couch, clothes, boat, books, or anything really (with the exception of anything illegal) so they go to their local self storage facility. [More]

Old Barn Self-Storage Shares Lessons Learned During Economic Downturn

by Holly Robinson February 21, 2014 5:46 PM
In 2003, family, friends, and local investors opened Old Barn Self-Storage in Grass Valley, California. Things were looking good even though there was stiff competition locally. Then, the economic walls came tumbling down. Sometimes, nation-wide companies can more easily weather rough financial times than mom-and-pop self storage facilities. They were able to successfully make it through the hard economic time by using classical business practices coupled with some creativity. [More]

There are Milestones of All Kinds in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 21, 2014 12:44 AM
Milestones are important. They give people something to measure off of. They give people a target or goal to shoot for, and in many cases without one it can be real easy to become complacent and lazy. If you do that in a business—like the self storage industry—you risk doing the one thing that you don’t want to do. [More]

SpareFoot Storage Finder Reveals Top 15 'Power Towns'

by Holly Robinson February 20, 2014 5:35 PM
SpareFoot Storage Finder did a study and recently released their findings for the top15 economic ‘power towns’ in the United States. The criteria for the cities making this list include having the following:

50,000 residents or fewer
A Fortune 500 company based in the city
High home values
High home ownership rates
Low unemployment rates [More]

Caring for the Community a Common Theme Among Self Storage Facilities

by Kim Kilpatrick February 19, 2014 11:42 PM
It is not unusual for businesses within the same industry—self storage and otherwise-- to have similar characteristics. If the service and/or product that you provide is the same businesses are bound to be alike in structure and layout. However, while the product and structure of the business may be the same that does not mean the same principles are being applied. [More]

PhoneSmart Holds a "Toes for a Kure" Fundraiser

by Winnie Hsiu February 19, 2014 10:19 PM
They come in red, black, yellow, orange, and green. They are made out of plastic, gel, rubber, foam, leather, and suede. Some are decorated with jewels, flowers, bows, or camouflage material. What are they? Flip-flops. And flip flops will be used to further cancer research. [More]

Sometimes Self Storage is More Than Self Storage

by Winnie Hsiu February 18, 2014 11:35 PM
When people go in to business it is generally with two reasons in mind: (1) providing people with a needed/desired product and/or service and (2) making money. If your original product or service is sufficient in accomplishing those goals you are probably in good shape. However, if you have figured out how to expand on them—like some in the self storage industry—than you are likely in even better shape. [More]

Catch the Self Storage Wave in Asia

by Tony Gonzalez February 18, 2014 8:26 PM
People that had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of companies before they got really big have made large fortunes. For example, if you had invested in Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, or Google when they were small, budding companies, your bank account would probably be bursting its seams by now. The same situation is looming on the horizon for the self storage industry in Asia. [More]

As the Middle Class Expands So Will the Reach of the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 17, 2014 11:06 PM
Trying to figure out what indicators to monitor in order to judge whether someone thing is going to rise or fall can be a challenge to figure out. What if there are other significant factors? How can you tell which ones are working off of each other making their value appear greater than it is? Those sorts of problems are troubling for some industries to manage, but not the self storage industry. [More]

Self Storage Auction Yields Unusual Find

by Kim Kilpatrick February 17, 2014 3:14 PM
A former NYPD detective, a building once owned by Anthony Bailey (co-founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus), and a former Storage Wars contestant have come together in a ‘perfect storm’ to create an almost macabre story. This is a story of a self story auction with several very unusual twists. [More]
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