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Federal Website Lending Self Storage Owners a Helping Hand

by Holly Robinson February 2, 2011 1:57 PM
There is one thing that is really frustrating about the law. Even though it is in place to protect us from others and in some cases protect us from ourselves it can be a pain in the neck to understand. Too often, especially for small business owners like those in the self storage industry, we don’t know we did something wrong until it is too late and we have to pay for it (literally and metaphorically). [More]

Self Storage Company Helping Out Some Heavy Hitters

by John Stevens February 1, 2011 10:44 AM
If a person or company wants to lend a helping hand to those in need there is never a shortage of people that could use it. In the country today there are a number of people that live on the streets, can’t afford food, were not able to buy toys for their kids at Christmas, and go cold every winter because they can’t afford a coat. [More]

How Secure Does your Self Storage Unit Need To Be?

by Tony Gonzalez January 31, 2011 1:59 PM
Answer this question the wrong way and your customers will not be too happy with you. They want to feel like their belongings are absolutely safe at our facility. They don’t want to have to fear that they may get a call first thing in the morning that their storage unit was broken into last night and their stuff is gone. [More]

What is Tenant Insurance and Why Your Self Storage Facility Should Offer It

by Holly Robinson January 27, 2011 2:41 PM
There is one thing that people hate to spend money on, but would not ever do without—insurance. We get insurance for our health, our teeth, and our cars. We get insurance on packages we send through the mail of significant value. Depending on the type of work your in there are several other types of insurance that people buy all the time, often spending a lot of money too. [More]

Colorado Might Join Ranks of States With More Lax Self Storage Lien Laws

by John Stevens January 27, 2011 7:28 AM
Colorado could join states like California and Nevada when it comes to more relaxed lien laws for self storage auctions. Coming up on Jan. 31, the first senate hearing on a Colorado bill to modernize the state’s self storage lien law will be held. The Colorado Self Storage Association (CoSSA) along with financial backing from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), introduced the bill in mid January and representatives from each association will testify at the hearing. [More]

New York Self Storage Company Lends a Helping Hand to Some Four-Legged Friends

by Tony Gonzalez January 24, 2011 2:42 PM
Community involvement is nothing new to the self storage industry. During the holiday season companies around the country got involved with Toys for Tots, many offering to store and deliver the toys after they had been collected. While that is the most common way self storage facilities get involved with their communities it is definitely not the only way. [More]

People Flocking to Self Storage Auctions in Higher Numbers

by John Stevens January 24, 2011 10:57 AM
Like a pack of ravenous seagulls at the beach, self storage owners and operators across the country are noticing larger flocks of people swarming to auctions with a taste for converting boxed treasures into cold hard cash. [More]

The Broker Makes the Difference When Selling Your Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu January 20, 2011 3:38 PM
Starting your own self storage business was a pretty big undertaking. Years later you’ve seen it grow and thrive into a vibrant business that nets a tidy profit all at the same time. You are proud of your business and the fact that you have gotten it to be successful when so many businesses fail. [More]

What Can A Self Storage Facility Do With a Hundred Dollars?

by John Stevens January 17, 2011 10:34 AM
One hundred dollars, to many people, is not an overly significant amount of cash. Yes, it can be a trip to the grocery store or a really good night out on the town, but it does not have the impact that something larger like $1000 does. For a business like a self storage facility a $100 might cover one shift’s pay for the manager. [More]

Understanding the Potential Legal Issues Key to Success in the Self Storage Industry

by Holly Robinson January 13, 2011 8:52 AM
There are enough hoops to jump through in order to get into business, be it a self storage facility or something else. Once you do succeed in getting something up and going though, your legal issues do not stop there. In fact, they tend to grow exponentially. In the self storage industry there are a number of potential legal issues that owners and managers may be faced with on a near daily basis. [More]
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