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Tips for Self Storage Managers on Collecting Late Rent

by Tony Gonzalez February 7, 2012 10:40 AM
There are lots of excuses for not paying rent on a storage unit: I lost my job; I wrecked my car and have unexpected bills; I needed the money for medicine for my sick kids. Many owners and managers of self storage facilities do not like having to collect on delinquent rent. If you are one of these managers, there are several steps that you can take to prevent some of the hassles of collecting overdue rent. [More]

Is Having a Manager Living on Site the Way to Go?

by Kim Kilpatrick February 28, 2011 9:52 AM
If there is one thing that people can almost universally complain about it is their commute to work. It is bad enough that you have to spend eight or more hours a day at the office, but to be stuck getting up an hour early to drive in and then be stuck in traffic again at night is not the most pleasant thing in the world to do. [More]

How to Make Sure Your Self Storage Manager is Up to Speed on the Latest and Greatest Industry Tools

by Kim Kilpatrick February 14, 2011 12:03 PM
As an owner of a self storage facility, but not the operator, you entrust your business to the intelligence, experience, initiative, and drive of whomever you hire to become your manager. Like any good owner you want your manager to have the best tools that are available to make the job easier and more efficient. The trick can be in figuring out just how to get your manager trained and up to speed on new tools as they become available. [More]

Self Storage Managers Can Turn Their Business Practices From Good to Great

by John Stevens January 25, 2011 10:13 AM
When a self storage client walks through the door do you know them by name and say hi with a smile? Having passion for your job and making an effort to connect with customers is just one area self storage managers should consider when trying to improve their business, according to experts. [More]

Fifteen Percent of Managers Seeking Jobs Relocate

by Winnie Hsiu March 9, 2010 5:03 PM
About 15 percent of mid- to senior-level job seekers across the United States relocate to another part of the country for a new job, according to a survey released by Right Management, a division of Manpower Inc., in late February. Job seekers who relocate, especially people in mid- to upper-level management jobs, are likely to need assistance with their moves from moving, self-storage, and relocation services companies. [More]