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Being the Best is One Way to Separate From the Pack in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 19, 2013 11:58 PM
As a job applicant you have to figure out what can make you stick out and be noticed over the rest. If you don’t it is likely that your resume will get lost in the shuffle since it looks so much like everyone else. That’s expected to a degree since like minded individuals are going to apply for a job, but how do you really stand out when everyone else is so similar? [More]

It Pays to Work Together in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 19, 2013 11:13 PM
I always hated group projects in school. There was always one person that didn’t do their part, did a poor job, or forgot what part he or she was supposed to do so they did someone else’s. Little did I realize at the time that the real lesson was that there was benefit to the numbers as long as everyone did work together (not just divvy up sections of the project). [More]

Proper Maintenance Can Be a Money Maker and Saver in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 17, 2013 12:13 AM
Does anyone like to take out the trash? What about mow the lawn, clean out the gutters, or repaint—well, anything? Maintenance type activities like these are not the most glamorous or fun to do, but whether it’s around the house or around a self storage facility they can be vital to saving money and the success of the business. [More]

MSU Football is Not the Only Thing Living Large in Michigan

by John Stevens December 11, 2013 10:22 PM
After last Saturday’s win over Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game it is a great time to be a football player for the Michigan State Spartans. The players are undoubtedly getting star treatment wherever they go—talk about living large, right? As it turns out, they are not the only entity living it up in Michigan. Compass Self Storage is. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Looking to Collect and Disperse Some Holiday Cheer

by John Stevens December 7, 2013 12:44 AM
One of the common reasons why people rent self storage units is because they need to. Maybe they lost their job and have to move out of their place or perhaps they know someone in that kind of situation and need to clear up some space so they can help him. The self storage industry is known for helping people in that regard, but they also like to help them in other ways as well. [More]

There is Safety—and Presents—in Numbers in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens December 4, 2013 12:13 AM
A couple hundred years ago when people started to travel out west they did so in numbers for no other reason than it was safer in case they were attacked. Fast forward to modern times and there still is safety in numbers except now the attackers are not wielding bows and arrows. The ‘settlers’ in the analogy are now small business owners and the ‘attackers’ large companies. [More]

Expansion in the Self Storage Industry a World Wide Theme

by John Stevens November 29, 2013 11:14 PM
There are few things that are truly universal. Somewhere there is bound to be some population that does something different than the rest—but there are a few. Take Santa Claus for example. Around the world the popular figure is known as Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, Tomte, or Saint Nicholas. While know by something different, each character is known for doing the same basic thing. [More]

How Bad Do You Want to Surprise Your Family for Christmas?

by John Stevens November 22, 2013 11:53 PM
Part of the joy of Christmas for many is the happiness that they see on the faces of their family members Christmas morning when it is time to finally open presents. After weeks and in some cases months you can finally see how glad your family is to receive the gifts you bought for them. That is, if they didn’t find what you got for them wherever you hid it in the house. [More]

Alaskan Self Storage Manager Shows How it’s the Simple Things That Matter Most

by John Stevens November 20, 2013 11:59 PM
When Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released into theaters back in 1986 Mathew Broderick’s title character talked about how we live in a fast world and how it’s important to take the time to appreciate it. While it was true then can you imagine what he would say now? Today’s world is moving at the speed of light in comparison to 1986! [More]

Technology is Really Taking Hold in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens November 18, 2013 11:28 PM
At one time ocean going merchant vessels had large crews on board in order to operate the ship as it travelled from point A to point B. However, over time technology advanced to the point where 700 foot container ships could be efficiently operated by a skeleton crew of less than 20 people. Technology can do wonders like it has for shipping and is in the process of doing for the self storage industry as well. [More]
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