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Self Storage Company Wants to Take Convenience to a Whole New Level

by Tony Gonzalez May 2, 2014 11:49 PM
Time is something we can never have enough of. Between work, the kids, social lives, and hobbies it can be hard to find the time to do everything we want and need to do—so something has to be sacrificed. That is unless we can find a way to do it—whatever it is--that is not time consuming and difficult but convenient. [More]

What if You Don’t Want a Whole Self Storage Unit?

by Holly Robinson May 1, 2014 11:02 PM
Have you ever craved something sweet, thought a couple M&M’s might do the trick so you opened a bag and grabbed a few? If you were at home you could stick the rest of the bag in the fridge; in public your pocket. Sometimes the rest end up going to waste. If only you could get just a few M&M’s... [More]

Hold Creative Facebook Contests to Promote Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson September 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Social media is where it’s at. It’s where people hang out, socialize, and connect with others. So, social media contests – especially on Facebook – is a simple way to show up where your self storage customers and prospective customers are. It's a way to engage with them -- and a place to hold contests to promote your self storage business.

There have been some clever Facebook contests lately like the selfie photo contest that SpareFoot is hosting from now through October 20. Or the video jingle contest that SmartStop Self Storage did. Or The Great American Road Trip that Door to Door Storage sponsored. [More]

9 Tips to Consider When Thinking About Buying a Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu July 1, 2013 7:05 PM
Are you looking to get into the self storage industry? Are you thinking of expanding your portfolio and purchasing another facility or two? Here are 9 tips that you should take into consideration before making that purchase. [More]

How Do You Handle Pesky Birds?

by Holly Robinson June 27, 2013 6:09 PM
This spring, our area has been inundated with magpies. Their noisy squawking is annoying and cleaning their droppings off the patio, patio furniture, and sidewalk is a major pain in the neck. They are building a huge nest in our pine tree that I’m afraid the branch will break. Then, there are the robins. They eat all of our strawberries and raspberries before I can pick them.

Birds can be such a nuisance in residential. They can also be a huge problem for self storage facilities. [More]

Unique Find in Abandoned Self Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 21, 2013 8:03 PM
You can find many interesting things in abandoned self storage units. Of course you find the usual things – washers, dryers, furniture, knick-knacks, old comic books. Sometimes, things of value are found: antique toys, pocket watches, handmade quilts, antique hand mirrors and brushes, silverware, and china.

Two years ago, a full dress uniform of a grand master of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (with an embroidered sash and an elaborate plumed hat) was found. There was also a large collection of ribbons, badges, and medals from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union vets of the Civil war. [More]

Using Pinterest to Promote Your Self Storage Business

by Holly Robinson June 14, 2013 4:48 PM
Everybody who is anybody has heard of social media. Facebook. Twitter. Foursquare. Flickr. Instagram. The new kid on the social media block is Pinterest.

According to Pinterest, it is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you love. Think of it as a bulletin board. You cut out a newspaper article and pin it to your bulletin board. Or a recipe. Or a picture of a new couch that you are thinking about buying. [More]

EZ Storage Seeks for Rezoning in Royal Oak, Michigan

by Winnie Hsiu May 24, 2013 2:53 PM
EZ Storage wants to build a new facility in Royal Oak, Michigan. Only there's one slight problem. The piece of property that they are looking at isn't zone to allow a self storage facility there. So, the owners of EZ Storage went to the city's planning commission and asked for it to be changed to conditional zoning. [More]

Boxbee Storage is Open for Business

by Tony Gonzalez May 20, 2013 7:15 PM
The boxes are free. Pickup is free. Instead of having a storage unit that is only half full, customers only pay for that space that is needed. That in a nutshell describes Boxbee – a simple urban storage solution. [More]

Document Storage Recommendations for Self Storage Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu April 25, 2013 4:21 PM
In this digital world, you would think that businesses wouldn’t have to keep paper copies of their documents. In fact, many companies work toward creating a paperless office. Sad to say, for many others a paperless office isn’t feasible. Some government regulations require that paper documents be kept for four years. Some regulations require businesses to keep records for up to 10 years. [More]
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