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Self Storage Auction Yields Unusual Find

by Kim Kilpatrick February 17, 2014 3:14 PM
A former NYPD detective, a building once owned by Anthony Bailey (co-founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus), and a former Storage Wars contestant have come together in a ‘perfect storm’ to create an almost macabre story. This is a story of a self story auction with several very unusual twists. [More]

It Helps to Be Creative in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson February 14, 2014 11:20 PM
Do you ever wonder why it is kind of hard to find Waldo? He is wearing that ridiculous hat and sweater after all. You’d think he would be easy to find. While the outfit is unique there is one important factor that is not—he is just another person in the picture. In a business like the self storage industry it can be easy to fall in to the same kind of rut, but with the right creativity a facility can really stand out. [More]

The Proof is in the Pudding for Self Storage Academy

by Tony Gonzalez February 13, 2014 10:06 PM
As kids we look forward to getting our allowance so we can go play video games or buy a toy or some candy. It’s all about living in the moment. As adults our needs are different. Yes, we still want those immediate needs and desires met, but we have to look to the big picture as well (bills, financial security, etc.). [More]

Self Storage Can Expand in More Ways Than One

by John Stevens February 12, 2014 11:42 PM
If asked most people would probably say they wish it was as easy to expand their business as it was their waistline. All takes to do that of course is to eat more and exercise less. When it comes to the business world—self storage or otherwise—there is a lot more to it. Are you just looking for physical expansion, services/products, or both? [More]

Interest in Brazil’s Self Storage Industry Continues to Grow

by Kim Kilpatrick February 11, 2014 11:00 PM
If a person wanted to get into the self storage industry in the United States it would not be very difficult—at least in comparison to other countries. The infrastructure is already in place, a market has been created, and the business model proven. However, in other countries that is not always the case. Some, like Brazil, are in the early stages but with interest growing that will not be for long. [More]

Self Storage Company Trying to Return Service Medals to Rightful Owner

by Winnie Hsiu February 10, 2014 11:33 PM
Members of the self storage industry—like companies in other industries—are often known for honoring veterans. Some will offer discounts year-round; others will have special giveaways for veterans around Memorial and Veteran’s Day. Some in the self storage have had the opportunity to do even more—and gladly took up the task. [More]

Sometimes You Have to Give in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens February 7, 2014 10:35 PM
There are many reasons why people rent self storage units. Maybe they don’t want to get rid of some cherished mementos just yet. Maybe they have gotten married recently and find they now have two of a lot of things. Maybe they just need space or maybe they just need the time and ability to take a step back from life and figure out where there next move is first. [More]

Even in Self Storage There is An App for That

by Winnie Hsiu February 7, 2014 9:21 AM
Some products are all about evolution. Take computers as an example. Every few months there is a new and improved version coming out, and within a couple years that version will be obsolete thanks to further advances. Than you have products like self storage space that stay essentially the same—until now. [More]

Chance Meeting Brings Life to New Self Storage Web Series

by Tony Gonzalez February 6, 2014 12:43 AM
At one time if an idea for a television show was going to become reality it had to knock the socks off of enough studio executives to get the green light. With the money that went in to making them that was not easy. Nowadays there are options. The vast array of cable channels and the internet have made it possible for more ideas to reach fruition. That opportunity has give rise to yet another self storage industry program. [More]

Zoning Board Approves Special Use Permit for Storage Facility in Edwardsville, Illinois

by Kim Kilpatrick February 5, 2014 7:51 PM
The Edwardsville, Illinois, Zoning Board of Appeals recently met to discuss approving a special use permit for a property to become a self storage facility. The area is currently zoned M-1 manufacturing. [More]
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