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Self Storage May Not Be Sexy But it Makes Money

by John Stevens January 9, 2014 11:37 PM
Everyone wishes they could come up with a doo-hickey or a thing-a-ma-bob or a watch-a-ma-call-it. You know what I mean; the kind of thing that is simple but used everywhere and often. It is the kind of thing that everyone never knew they had to have it until you came up with it, i.e. the stir stick, plastic swords for cocktails, the plastic part on the end of shoe laces. [More]

The Self-Storage Almanac is Now a Joint Venture

by Tony Gonzalez January 6, 2014 8:37 PM
Two giants in the self storage industry have joined hands to create a cooperative relationship. The Self Storage Association (SSA) and MiniCo Publishing combined efforts to create the 22nd edition of the Self-Storage Almanac. The Almanac is a trusted source of research for self storage professionals and investors. [More]

Conferences are Multipurpose in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu December 16, 2013 11:29 PM
Whenever the word “conference” is used nowadays it is not in reference to annual gatherings of industry professionals, but in regards to phone calls and video chats. Yes, there are still plenty of annual conferences being held in many industries each year, but they are not the first thing people think of when it comes to conferences anymore. [More]

Technology is Really Taking Hold in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens November 18, 2013 11:28 PM
At one time ocean going merchant vessels had large crews on board in order to operate the ship as it travelled from point A to point B. However, over time technology advanced to the point where 700 foot container ships could be efficiently operated by a skeleton crew of less than 20 people. Technology can do wonders like it has for shipping and is in the process of doing for the self storage industry as well. [More]

Self Storage Expo in Brazil Starting to Take Shape

by John Stevens September 19, 2013 9:57 PM
The self storage industry has been going strong in the United States for many years now. With the industry comprised of over 50,000 facilities now it is definitely doing well. In other countries it is a different picture as the people are still learning the joy and pleasure that a self storage unit can bring. As they do there will likely be more events like the upcoming Self Storage Expo in Brazil. [More]

The SSA Announces Its Agenda for Their Fall Conference & Tradeshow

by Holly Robinson August 26, 2013 8:21 PM
Need a motivational ‘shot in the arm?’ Feel like you need to revitalize your self storage business? Are you new to the industry? Want to learn from the best in the business? Then, make sure that you put the Self Storage Association’s Fall Conference & Trade Show on your calendar! [More]

Latin American Self Storage Industry Takes a Big Step Forward in Brazil

by Holly Robinson July 29, 2013 10:26 PM
Every business—self storage or otherwise-- has to start somewhere; usually at the bottom. Once someone becomes the first than others typically follow suit effectively laying the groundwork for serious expansion. When said groundwork is laid the next step is proving the ability to step up to the next level is there. [More]

The Self Storage Association Partners with MiniCo on Health Insurance Options

by Winnie Hsiu April 15, 2013 6:11 PM
The clock is ticking down to January 1, 2014. That date is the deadline when the total law for “Obamacare” goes into effect.

The Self Storage Association (SSA), the official trade organization and voice of the American and International self storage-industry, announced that it has expanded its health insurance coverage. SSA members will now be able to participate in the SSA Health Insurance Marketplace, a private healthcare exchange program created by SSA partnering with MiniCo Insurance Agency. [More]

Support From Within Important in the Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu April 11, 2013 9:59 PM
Self storage companies are well-known for supporting their communities and giving back to numerous charities. There are some companies that make charitable work a cornerstone of their business by paying employees when they volunteer at a local charity for a given number of hours. As important as this is to them, they don’t forget what matters most—taking care of each other. [More]

Information is Power in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez August 30, 2012 10:49 PM
It is kind of hard to do something—anything—if you don’t know enough about. Yes, you can accomplish a task even if you are not sure what you are doing or even open a business without knowing much about it either. However, in the process you will find that achieving success will be harder, mistakes will be more common, unnecessary expenses will be incurred, and in the business world failure is imminent. [More]
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