Contributing Editors

Diversification Into Self Storage Can Only Lead to Success

by Winnie Hsiu December 20, 2011 4:12 PM
Anyone that has taken a business class has studied some business models that claim doing or making just one thing—but doing it very well, not just good—is the way to go. While there is some merit to that, there is another theory that more businesses, self storage and otherwise, have been known to embrace—diversification. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Know What to Do When it Comes to Giving

by John Stevens December 19, 2011 8:31 PM
It is common for people to feel like donating to charity during the holiday season. Many businesses including your local self storage facility tend to get involved with helping a charity of some kind during the holiday season as a collective way to give back to the community and help those who are down on their luck. With so many worthwhile charities in existence it is hard not to find one willing to accept aid. [More]

Self Storage Company Setting the Bar High

by Tony Gonzalez December 14, 2011 8:44 PM
Philanthropy is a worthwhile endeavor no matter what time of year it is or what the cause may be. The act of giving of oneself--whether it is time, energy, and/or money-- is an admirable thing for people to do. One self storage manager in California is doing her best to make sure her first endeavor is a great one. [More]

Idaho Self Storage Controversy Gets a Little More Interesting

by Holly Robinson December 13, 2011 9:20 AM
It has been over a year since the Idaho Department of Lands added a self storage facility named Affordable Self Storage to its portfolio for $2.7 million. Since the purchase was completed there has been an ongoing controversy on whether it is appropriate for the state to get involved in such a business enterprise that is in direct competition with so many privately held facilities. [More]

Self Storage Company Makes Giving a Year 'Round Activity

by John Stevens December 8, 2011 10:41 AM
Around this time of year it is not unusual to see many businesses and people getting into the spirit of giving by either donating to a charity or helping one hold a donation drive. The idea of someone not being able to enjoy Christmas the way it should be enjoyed seems to move many people to do something for those less fortunate. [More]

Self Storage Company Looking for Ways to Improve During the Good Times

by Holly Robinson December 7, 2011 6:58 PM
If you are a real estate investment trust (REIT) that is involved in the self storage industry you have to be feeling pretty good about yourself. According to recent reports, those involved in self storage have done better than all other REIT’s on a year to date basis as well as 12-month trailing results. Extra Space Storage is one of those REITs, and they are not taking this success lying down. [More]

Self Storage Company Gets in the Christmas Spirit in its Own Special Way

by Winnie Hsiu December 6, 2011 10:24 AM
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go!” At this time of year Christmas carols like the one made famous by Perry Como can be heard all over as people work at decorating their homes, dorm rooms, cars, cubicles, offices, and yes, even their self storage facility.
A form of decoration that has become more and more popular over the years has been the creation of Christmas villages. People can buy pieces to build their own miniature village complete with kids playing on sleighs, carolers, houses decked out for the holidays, Christmas trees, and so much more. They can basically create their own scene straight of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carroll with as much detail as they desire. [More]

If Politics Were Like Self Storage...

by Tony Gonzalez December 5, 2011 8:29 PM
Generally, whenever we hear about the self storage industry and its relationship to the world of politics, the connection can be categorized in one of two different ways. Either it’s about some militant radical hiding weapons in a unit that the FBI/DEA/ATF or some other enforcement agency recently uncovered, or it’s in regards to state legislatures changing their state’s respective lien laws. [More]

Louisiana Self Storage Facilities Doing Their Part for the Community

by Winnie Hsiu December 2, 2011 5:28 PM
Around this time of year many families find themselves in dire need of something most of us take for granted—holiday cheer. When you have trouble keeping warm, don’t know if you and your family are going to have a roof over head tomorrow night, or where your next meal is going to come from. A handful of self storage facilities in Louisiana are doing what they can to relieve one of those concerns for needy families. [More]

Self Storage Industry is Making the World a Better Place

by Holly Robinson December 1, 2011 11:49 AM
Next to making money there is one other thing that most businesses like to do and that is make the world a better place to live. On the surface it may seem that the self storage industry might not do that since it encourages people to continue buy, buy, buy and just rent space when their own homes become too small to hold all their stuff. [More]
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