Contributing Editors

Where One Dream Ends a Self Storage One Begins

by John Stevens May 22, 2014 11:43 PM
Boyz II Men were absolutely right when they sang about how hard it is to say goodbye to yesterday. When you are with someone or something for so long walking away from it—for any reason—is hard. However, at the same time it can give one a rare opportunity; something that many people would love to have—a chance to begin anew. [More]

Self Storage Company’s Shoe Drive is Multi-Purpose

by John Stevens May 21, 2014 11:26 PM
People are often required to do more than one thing—or multi-task. Sometimes it is because need and time restrictions demand it. Other times it is because they are bored and need the added distraction. When it came to the shoe drive that a Missouri self storage company just completed it was neither. [More]

UK Self Storage Growing Where it Matters Most

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2014 11:57 PM
Every business—self storage and otherwise--likes to grow and expand. Doing so usually means that something is going right. An increase in demand will often be enough to encourage a company to do so, but there still needs to be one other important element present—a company needs to be profitable enough to warrant expansion. [More]

Packing Tips for College Students

by Winnie Hsiu May 20, 2014 8:33 PM
The college semester will soon be over in a couple of weeks. If you have a self storage facility in a college town, consider creating a packing list to help college students as they pack their belongings up at the end of the semester. Drop off the list at apartment buildings, dorms, and on campus bulletin boards. Be sure to have your facility’s name and phone number on the list so students will know about your facility. [More]

Marketing Can Be as Easy as a Name in the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 19, 2014 11:45 PM
The key to any business—self storage and otherwise--is successful marketing. You can have the best product or service in the world at the cheapest imaginable price, and it would not matter if no one ever came through the door to see it. That is why companies are willing to do anything sometimes or spend thousands (millions) of dollars just to get their name out there. [More]

The Geek Shall Inherent the Earth…and Apparently the New Self Storage Start-Up

by Kim Kilpatrick May 15, 2014 11:38 PM
If you have any computer/tech friends you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the geek shall inherit the Earth’ or maybe ‘it’s the Age of the Geek baby!’ Basically what they are referencing is the ever increasing presence computers and technology have in society. It seems that the Age of the Geek has even extended in to the self storage industry. [More]

Maybe it’s Time to Get in to the Self Storage Industry…

by Holly Robinson May 14, 2014 11:48 PM
Knowing when to invest has to be the hardest part of doing so next to actually raising the capital. Enter a market too early and you risk losing everything if it never develops or having to wait a long time to turn a profit. Enter too late and you risk having to overpay for something and not seeing much of a return for a large investment. [More]

Investment Group Buys Smart Storage in England

by Kim Kilpatrick May 14, 2014 10:07 PM
Smart Storage, in England, announced that Seneca Partners, a private investment group, recently bought them out. Initially, Bridges Ventures owned Smart Storage. Bridges Ventures is a private investment firm. They strive to achieve good financial returns for investors while at the same time making sure the investments are socially and environmentally responsible. [More]

Why Build Your Own Self Storage Industry When You Can Invest in the United States Instead?

by John Stevens May 13, 2014 11:58 PM
There are close to 60,000 self storage facilities in the world. Most of them (around 50,000) are in the United States leaving roughly 10,000 spread out over the rest of the world leaving room for growth just about everywhere. However, rather than build up the industry in their home country one company is looking to buy in to the industry in the United States. [More]

Don’t Be Surprised if More Big Dogs Start to Feast on the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick May 9, 2014 11:39 PM
Have you ever heard the saying (or seen the t-shirt) that if you can’t run with the big dogs you should stay on the porch? Currently the ‘big dogs’ in the self storage industry are so outnumbered that they can’t really tell the pack what to do, but it appears like there very well could be more and bigger dogs on the way! [More]
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