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Self Storage Company Continues to Put its Money Where its Mouth Is

by Winnie Hsiu June 24, 2014 11:02 PM
We’ve all heard it before from either a loved one, friend, teammate, or superior at work. They say they are going to do something, but then when it comes time to follow through they are full of excuses on why they can’t do whatever they promised to do. Business have been known to do the same, but there is one self storage company that certainly does not. [More]

Use Data to Increase Your Bottom Line

by Holly Robinson June 24, 2014 5:57 AM
Data. Important stuff for a business. By using data, a self storage facility can make effective decisions that will help move their business forward. I want to briefly share the results of a study done by a professor at MIT and a white paper about analytics that can be extracted from phone calls. [More]

Self Storage Company Finding Out it Pays to Go Solar in More Ways Than One

by Kim Kilpatrick June 23, 2014 11:57 PM
It is not cheap for a self storage company to convert to a solar powered facility. Between the equipment and installation just getting them in cost a pretty penny. However, thanks to a little help from various government entities the sting is not nearly as bad as it could be. Factor in the benefits—all the benefits—and you can almost call them a bargain. [More]

StorageMart President Receives EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

by Holly Robinson June 23, 2014 7:27 AM
EY announced that Cris Burnam, president of StorageMart, received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Services & Real Estate category in the Central Midwest area of the United States. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. [More]

Automobiles and the Self Storage Industry Go Together Like…

by Tony Gonzalez June 20, 2014 11:42 PM
Whether it is in our own personal relationships or in our business dealings it is not unusual to try and draw a connection between things. It’s all about being able to define something in a way that it fits in with other people, places, or things. This happens every day in our personal connections, as well as in the self storage industry. [More]

Mold and Mildew Are Spreading in a Nonprofit's Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 20, 2014 1:59 PM
Back in March of this year, a water line ruptured in a self storage unit. Neighbors in Christ, a nonprofit organization (NIC) used that unit to store items such as clothing, toys, and furniture for people who have lost items due to burglaries. As if the broken water line wasn’t bad enough, the organization is now facing more problems. [More]

There Are All Sorts of Ways to Advertise in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick June 19, 2014 11:52 PM
Building a business—self storage and otherwise—is tough enough, but getting it ready to open is the easy part. It’s much harder to actually get people to walk through the door. Without them it doesn’t matter how great anything is. You can’t sell or rent to people that are not there! [More]

Westy Self Storage Provides Temporary Storage for Charity

by Kim Kilpatrick June 19, 2014 4:19 PM
When you think about the different types of charitable projects that self storage facilities participate in, you probably think of food drives during the holidays and drives for coats and shoes. You might think about collecting toys at Christmas time, donating books to libraries, supporting high school sports teams and choirs, and helping those who are victims of natural disasters. Westy Self Storage in Norwalk, Connecticut, is helping out with something that is a little unusual – collecting sheets. [More]

Have Space? Why Not Open a Self Storage Facility?

by Winnie Hsiu June 18, 2014 11:24 PM
When the kids finally move out and venture in to the world on their own it is not unusual for Mom and Dad to get in to a discussion over what to do with their son/daughter’s former room. They have some space now—so what should they do with it? It would be a waste to do nothing of course so something needs to be done. [More]

10 Tips for Saving Money in Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson June 18, 2014 9:45 PM
Every self storage business owner or manager is concerned about the bottom line. Very concerned. While the economy is better than it was several years ago, it still has hiccups. Business owners still have to pay close attention to how much money is coming in. Here are 10 tips that you could implement to help you save money and increase your revenue. [More]
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