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Conversions and Expansions Part of Doing Business in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 24, 2014 11:54 PM
There are many decisions that have to be made when it comes to owning and operating a business—self storage or otherwise. Some will be materials related. Others will be in regards to operations, personnel—the list could go on and one. When it comes down to it they all have one thing in common. Their purpose is to help the owner(s) make money. [More]

Another Self Storage Aggregator Site Joins the Fray

by Winnie Hsiu January 23, 2014 11:56 PM
In a Field of Dreams all Kevin Costner had to do was build it. If he built it they would come—and they did. As nice as it would be for that to work in the business world—self storage or otherwise—it doesn’t. If you want them to come, people have to be able to find you. For many self storage facilities that means joining up with one of the many self storage aggregator websites. [More]

The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive in More Ways Than One in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 20, 2014 11:55 PM
In the 80’s classic movie The Secret to My Success a young Michael J. Fox starred as a young business graduate looking to make his mark in the world. Even though he had to start out in the mailroom, he had enough of the entrepreneurial spirit in him that he concocted a crazy scheme to prove his worth to the executive world and eventually took over the company. [More]

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson January 17, 2014 11:25 PM
For things to get better we are often told they have to change. At the same time we often here that we just need to stay the course; that if we just continue doing as we always have things will be alright. The only constant in both scenarios of course is that whether something changes or not it still exists. [More]

Online Marketing the Wave of the Future for the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 16, 2014 11:15 PM
It has been a couple decades since Madonna sang the classic tune Material Girl, and it is safe to say that the song still rings true today for many. However, should she want to redo it and update it to be more fitting modern times she would need to switch the title from Material Girl to Virtual Girl. [More]

Overseas Expansion Might Be Where It’s At In The Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 15, 2014 11:28 PM
Everyone wants to come up with the next big product. If they do they can practically guarantee themselves a financial windfall as the world buys only their product while others figure out how to copy it. The problem is that in this day and age it is becoming harder and harder to come up with the next big thing. So what’s an investor to do? [More]

You Have to Strike While the Iron is Hot in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez December 31, 2013 11:39 PM
There is a process for every kind of decision that needs to be made. For investors the hard part can be in figuring out just what kind of approach to take. There is something to be said for careful planning and deliberation, but there is also something to be said for striking while it’s hot. [More]

Need Help Keeping a New Years Resolution? Your Self Storage Facility Can Help!

by John Stevens December 27, 2013 11:34 PM
As the end of 2013 comes near people are going to start reflecting. What did they do right in the last year? What did they do wrong? What can they do better? Those reflections often culminate in resolutions to do better in the coming year. Little do people know, but their local self storage facility can help people make some of the toughest a reality. [More]

The 12 Days of Self Storage/Christmas

by Winnie Hsiu December 24, 2013 11:17 PM
This time of year is one where most people take the time to just be. They just want to be happy, be with family, be off from work, and be out of debt once they’ve completed their shopping. If there is one thing though that people will want about an hour after they open their gifts it is to not be so short on space. [More]

Growth Occurs at all Levels in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez December 20, 2013 11:11 PM
Around the holidays it is not unusual for people to grow. Some will do it literally thanks to all the delicious food at parties while others will do it on more of a metaphysical or spiritual level. However it is done, it can occur to a large extent or something on a much smaller level. The same could be said for the self storage industry as well. [More]
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