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The Self Storage Industry Appreciates Its Past

by Winnie Hsiu September 8, 2011 8:31 PM
There is not a person in the United States that has not driven by a building that looked like it was comprised of a lot of closets and garages. Self Storage facilities have been around for years, and have even become a pretty reliable investment in an economy that is anything but reliable. [More]

UK Self Storage Industry Primed for Expansion

by Tony Gonzalez August 26, 2011 6:09 PM
Often times the United States ends up being the unofficial testing ground for the future trends the world falls in love with. In the 1960s it was the first to give self storage facilities a try. Fast forward to the present day and self storage has become a $20 billion a year industry. [More]

More Businesses Starting to Take Advantage of Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez August 15, 2011 1:53 PM
When people think about self storage units, they often think about individual people needing some extra space to store their odds and ends whether it is because they are downsizing their living arrangements or are trying to de-clutter their home. However, more and more businesses are starting to realize that they too can benefit from the use of a self storage unit. [More]

Knowing is Half the Battle in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens August 3, 2011 3:28 PM
There is a saying that used to come at the end of every G.I. Joe cartoon when the show was on during the 1980s—knowing is half the battle. While it applied to all the little life lessons that the show was trying to teach its young viewers, it also directly applies to success is in the self storage business. [More]

Self Storage Industry Possibly Getting Targeted by State Governments

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 2:29 PM
One of the bad things about living through bad economic times is that it is not just businesses and consumers that are feeling the pinch. Governments are feeling the pinch as well. When you consider that they operate pretty much due to the taxes they collect, if people are not making much money and are spending even less than tax collections and essentially government operating budgets feel the crunch as well. [More]

Improved Lien Laws a National Focus for Self Storage

by Winnie Hsiu April 1, 2011 11:46 AM
In a nation as diverse as the United States it is not common that there is something that can be readily agreed upon. With the growing popularity of auctions at self storage facilities (as a result of lien laws being carried out) an interest has grown in the industry nationwide to make certain changes happen in regards to the lien laws that are on the books. [More]

Change in Store for Georgia Self Storage Facilities

by Holly Robinson March 11, 2011 10:45 PM
Politicians love to promise one thing to their constituents more than anything else—change. They do not always specify whether that change will be good or bad, but they do promise that it will happen. One change that has been proposed by lawmakers in Georgia will mean a little more work for self storage facility operators, but could also mean an increase in profits. [More]

Time for Self Storage Lobbying Efforts to Pay Off

by Tony Gonzalez February 18, 2011 10:46 AM
There is an old saying that parents like to use to motivate their kids into doing work for things that they want—if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Basically, what it means is that if there is something that you want you can’t expect it to just come to you because you want it; you have to do something to go get it. This can also refer to making efforts to protect and enhance what is yours as well. [More]

SSA Lines up a Pair of Quality Speakers for Spring Conference

by Kim Kilpatrick February 11, 2011 4:35 PM
People have different points of view when it comes to going to trade shows. Some go to learn new things from the seminars and presentations. Others go to network among people within the same business industry. For some trade shows are a just a chance to get out of the house for a few days.However, there is one thing that everyone can agree they are interested in when it comes to conferences. Who are the speakers going to be? [More]

Idaho Saga Involving State Owned Self Storage Continues

by Kim Kilpatrick November 23, 2010 2:26 PM
When the State of Idaho purchased Affordable Self Storage for $2.7million it was done with the same reasons in mind that any person has when it comes to investing, making money. Self storage facilities are a solid investment after all, something that will always be in need. Little did they realize the trouble that would ensue from this simple business transaction. [More]
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