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When Life Gives You a Sears Building the Self Storage Industry Sees Opportunity

by Kim Kilpatrick April 7, 2014 11:59 PM
Conversions are a part of many facets of life. When life gives you lemons you are supposed to make lemonade, right? The same can be said for businesses like the self storage industry where it has become quite common for new facilities to be created by converting existing structures. [More]

MacGyver Would Love the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens November 13, 2013 11:56 PM
MacGyver was the king of cool in the 1980s. The man had a knack for being able to take whatever there was available and turning it into something awesome. It didn’t matter what it was or where he was. He could convert just about anything into something valuable and useful—much like what many companies look to do when they take an existing building or structure and turn it into a new self storage facility. [More]

Conversions Still Common in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu October 30, 2013 11:41 PM
Are you a handy person? When it comes to making something old look new do you have a knack for being able to pound a few nails here and screw in a few bolts there to turn scrap into art? Being able to convert something into something new and better is a talent worth having and one often in demand in the self storage industry. [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]

Green is Good in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2013 9:58 PM
Anyone in any business—self storage or otherwise—that does not like the color green is lying. Every business wants to do one thing—make money. Even if you are a non-for-profit you still want to generate revenue to benefit your cause. When it comes to the color green, businesses like it for more than monetary reasons. [More]

We Want Our Self Storage and We Want it Now!

by Tony Gonzalez July 5, 2013 11:22 PM
For most people in the United States there is one thing (besides money) that everyone could use more of—space. That need has led to over 50,000 self storage facilities being created across the country with more going up all the time, which is good since when we want something we want it now. [More]

Gotham Mini Storage in Manhattan Appeals to NYC Startups

by Winnie Hsiu May 31, 2013 2:29 PM
When you think of storage units, you think of people storing extra furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and do-dads, old comic books, and sports equipment. Gotham Mini Storage goes beyond that and is a very viable option for startup companies in New York City. [More]

You Have to Know Who You Are Talking to in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens April 25, 2013 5:41 PM
Opening a business—self storage or otherwise-- is not the hard part. The hard part is getting your facility occupied. That’s what advertising and marketing is for, right? Yes, but if it is not done in the right fashion then it is essentially worthless. You have to target the right audience(s). [More]

Little Things Can Make a Difference in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens March 25, 2013 7:33 PM
On the face of things the self storage industry would appear to be a pretty cut and dry business. People need space, self storage facilities provide it, and that is that. While technically that is all that a facility needs to do it is far from the only thing that they do. [More]

Gotham Mini Storage Sponsors Innovative Contest

by John Stevens March 6, 2013 6:10 PM
Gotham Mini Storage in Manhattan is at it again. They are sponsoring a clever, innovative contest that will be exceedingly appealing to Manhattan dwellers.

They launched “NYC’s Most Cramped Space Contest.” New Yorkers are invited to post pictures of their most cramped living spaces on the Gotham Mini Storage Facebook Page. ( The pictures could be of rooms such as bedrooms, kitchens, closets, or living rooms. [More]
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