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San Diego Self Storage Sponsors Bottles for Babies

by Kim Kilpatrick November 12, 2012 3:55 PM
Having a baby is expensive. An uncomplicated birth costs around $10,000. Add items such as baby clothes, diapers and diaper wipes, a crib, a car seat, and a baby carrier or stroller the cost grows exponentially. A 2010 USDA report indicated that an average middle-income family spends $12,000 on child-related expenses during their baby's first year of life. During the second year, parents spend more than $12,500. [More]

Is it Time to Buy or Time to build in the Self Storage Industry?

by John Stevens April 12, 2011 2:23 PM
There are all kinds of sayings when it comes to money, spending money, and making money. A penny saved is a penny earned; time is money; money is the root of all evil; money can’t buy happiness (but it can buy a better class of enemy); a fool and his money are easily parted; money can’t buy love; money makes the world go round; and so many more. [More]

Operational Strategies for Self Storage Business Focus of Upcoming Webinar

by John Stevens February 22, 2011 12:38 PM
When it comes to business, the bottom line can’t be ignored. Business owners are understandably consumed with finding ways to save money on expenses and generate more revenue. For self storage operators, a free webinar on Feb. 24 will focus on learning strategies to improve the bottom line. [More]

TSSA Hits Ten Year Mark for Helping Children At Shriners Hospital in Texas

by John Stevens January 19, 2011 12:33 PM
For many of us in life, we put our children first. For someone else, especially a business, to help us do this is truly impressive. But that’s just what the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) has been doing for the past 10 years for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. It has raised a total of $249,600 for the children in this hospital during the past decade. [More]

More Companies Looking to Self Storage to Clear Out Workspace and Improve Business

by John Stevens January 14, 2011 8:11 AM
There are a myriad of reasons why a business owner would want to use self storage to maximize productivity. It can ultimately lead to saving money and making more profits. Using self storage is becoming a more popular way to store a variety of business items. So much so, that self storage websites are beginning to create separate links solely dedicated to highlighting ‘the benefits of using a storage facility, whether it’s for a small or big business. [More]

Inexperienced Gamblers Arrive on Storage Bidding Scene, Some Just for the Thrill of It

by John Stevens December 27, 2010 10:09 AM
The immense popularity of two new reality shows on the auctioning of storage units has brought droves of “newbies” to the bidding scene. It’s the thrill of the hunt, some say, that attracts new bidders more than the prospect of making money. But for the serious and experienced bidders, Ebay or Craigslist are the places they take their wares and hope to earn a pretty penny. [More]

Businessman Wants to Monopolize on Fallen Afghanistan War Hero’s Personal Items Found in Storage Unit

by John Stevens November 30, 2010 10:18 AM
The personal effects of the first U.S. servicewoman killed in Afghanistan are in the hands of someone who only means to make money off of them after finding them in a storage unit he purchased. [More]

New Act Could Cause Self Storage Industry Financial Woes

by John Stevens November 19, 2010 10:44 AM
President Obama has put forth much legislation in the hopes of helping small businesses grow and thrive, depending on a person’s opinion of his political objectives. But a major trip up in a new act could cost self storage owners a lot of money in the form of taxes and require piles of paperwork. [More]

Mini Storage Units in Greater Demand as Seasons Change and Holidays Arrive

by John Stevens November 15, 2010 8:16 AM
There are plenty of big storage units for those motorcycles, couches, beds, entertainment centers, big-screen TVs, and even SUVs. But what about its small cousin, the mini storage unit? Just what can be done with those smaller storage spaces besides holding a button collection? To find the answer just look at the demand. Trends are showing they’re becoming more popular for seasonal and holiday storage. [More]

Big Money Found in Storage Unit Translates to Donation for Special Olympics

by John Stevens November 11, 2010 8:06 AM
When Lady Luck smiled down on a Santa Fe, N.M., storage unit customer, the owner of the storage facility made a special lucky move in return. While going through her unit, Sandra Peters found $1,000 among her olive oil products in the climate controlled storage space. The storage facility owner randomly planted the money there and proceeded to match Peters’ good fortune by donating $1,000 to the Special Olympics in Santa Fe. [More]
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