May 21, 2014 11:17 PM
How would you feel if an Olympic medalist popped into your self storage facility? That would be rather exciting, wouldn’t it? That’s exactly what happened earlier this week in the Big Yellow Self Storage facility in Cardiff, Wales. [More]
January 10, 2014 1:40 PM
People who work at self storage facilities might think that their workday is predictable, ordinary, and not very exciting. Rent units to customers. Check out customers when their contract ends. Repaint the facility to keep it looking nice. Vacuum the carpet in the office. These are things that are in a typical day in the life of a self storage employee.
But sometimes, just sometimes, something more exciting happens. [More]
November 15, 2013 4:46 PM
I have a friend who grew up in the countryside. His family owned two acres. There were only 5 members in his family. That was a lot of space for not very many people. Imagine if you took those 2 acres and plunked them down in the middle of London. Lots of Londonites could happily live on that amount of property!
Brett Akker, an entrepreneur, understands that space in London is at a premium. He knows that city populations are becoming denser and homes and apartments are getting smaller. That means there isn’t a lot of space for extra possessions. [More]
May 22, 2013 2:01 PM
What does a company do when it wants to expand but there isn’t any land available that is adjacent to its property? The business expands up. That is what Access Self-Storage in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London is doing. They are adding three floors to the history building where their self storage business is located. [More]
October 2, 2012 6:07 PM
Psychologists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman from the University of Kansas recently conducted a study on how smiling affected people’s ability to recover from stressful situations. Participants were divided into two groups. One group held chopsticks in their mouths creating a forced smile on their face. Other participants were instructed to smile a genuine smile during the activities. [More]
June 28, 2012 10:08 AM
As managers and owners of self storage facilities, you face myriads of problems day-in and day-out: lackluster performing employees, renters who are late with their payments, unhappy customers. However, you are probably never locked inside your own facility being chased by a voracious alien predator. At least I don’t think you have!
You’ve probably heard about the movie Storage 24. It’s far different from the Storage Wars television program. Storage 24 is a movie where a military cargo plane crashes over London. Its highly classified contents are strewn across the city. [More]
May 22, 2012 6:50 PM
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners only occasionally need an office space. Because they don’t need an office all of the time, it doesn’t make financial sense to rent traditional office space.
Self storage businesses have recognized that need that small business owners have and many have created places within their storage facilities to fill those needs for temporary office space. [More]
February 23, 2012 9:06 PM
The United States is by far the leader when it comes to the self storage industry. The vast majority practically five of every six self storage facilities in the work lie within the borders of the U.S. While the industry may be focused within the U.S., it is people in the UK that have managed to put a very personal spin on the concept. [More]
February 17, 2012 6:22 PM
For many the idea of renting a self storage unit is downright foolish. It’s not that they don’t have stuff that they could stand to put in storage. They just have sufficient space around the house, i.e. garage, spare room, attic, closets, etc., and don’t feel like renting a self storage unit is a necessary expense they need to incur.What if you did rent a self storage unit and could make a lot of money at the same time? [More]
October 24, 2011 5:16 PM
There are a few things that tend to get people’s feeling and sense of patriotism going like the Summer Olympics. When you see a person from your country dominate a field of athletes from around the world in a given event it’s understandable for fans/countrymen to stick their chests out a little bit more and smile. [More]