Contributing Editors

LifeStorage in Addison, Illinois, Hosts Car Show

by John Stevens August 29, 2013 12:41 PM
Last summer, a buddy and I were on a short road trip. We stopped to get a burger for lunch. We decided to eat at a nearby park that we knew about. When we got to the park, it was more crowded than the stores on Black Friday at Christmas time. We were unhappy and rather put out. But then, we noticed that the crowd was due to a car show. We quickly ate our lunch and then spent an hour looking at classy antique cars and trucks - and even a couple of tractors. What a serendipitous activity to stumble upon! [More]

Self Storage Companies Continue to Get Leg Up Thanks to Vertical Consultants

by John Stevens August 27, 2013 10:13 PM
Folks go into business to make money; not just a little or some, but as much as humanly possible without breaking the law. Not everything works, but many things do. What can be frustrating to businesses—self storage and otherwise—is when they find out they could have been making more all along. [More]

Continued Growth Means More Opportunity in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens August 22, 2013 10:52 PM
Remember the part in Forrest Gump where he mentions that he invested in this start-up company that had something to do with a fruit; he was referring to Apple of course. How many of us imagined at that moment what it would be like to get in on the bottom floor of the next great thing? [More]

Being the Best Never Hurts in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens August 19, 2013 9:26 PM
There is no better way to advertise than to just be awesome. Yes, a good scandal or two will get you in the news, but for a business—self storage or otherwise—that is not a good thing. No, when you are named the best it is because the people have spoken, and if they have spoken that means they are talking--and that is good for business. [More]

Someway, Somehow the Self Storage Industry Finds a Way to Come Through

by John Stevens August 14, 2013 11:38 PM
When it comes to the product that the self storage industry provides the reliability of it delivering on its intended purpose is second to none. That is not all that the self storage industry does though. Along with helping people store their things many members of the industry are known for making a difference in other ways as well. [More] Adds Self Storage Providers to their Database

by John Stevens August 12, 2013 4:31 PM
Many self storage businesses offer their customers the use of a free truck while moving into their storage unit. This is a great service to provide customers.

Sometimes people need to store belongings until they have completed their move and settled into their new place. Sometime people have things like boats, RVs, or trailers that they cannot take with them at their initial time of moving. Sometimes people move temporarily. They will be gone for a few months or a couple of years and need a place to store their belongings that they don't take with them in the move. [More]

People Around the World Continue to Discover the Joys of Self Storage

by John Stevens August 7, 2013 11:24 PM
The United States is the unprecedented leader when it comes to the self storage industry with over 50,000 within its borders. In recent years the rest of the world has started to grasp ahold of the idea. Canada now has a few thousand facilities and Australia more than 1000—and the world-wide growth off the industry has just begun. [More]

Self Storage Company Wants to Help People When They Need It Most

by John Stevens August 6, 2013 11:48 PM
People go in to business—self storage or otherwise—to make money. That is a well-known fact. In a perfect world the product or service that a business provides will be something that can help people or make their lives better, but that is not always the case. However, there are plenty of times when it can or the company finds another way to lend a helping hand when people need it most. [More]

Expansion Not Just Good for Business in the Self Storage Industry—it is the Business

by John Stevens July 31, 2013 11:23 PM
Clothing manufacturers have gotten smart. Many of them will know include built in expanders to their pants or shorts so when a person happens to put on a few pounds they will not necessarily need to run out and buy new clothes. They just have to adjust their pants or shorts accordingly. Ask anyone that owns a pair of shorts or pants like that and they’ll gladly say—expansion is good. [More]

There is a Compassionate Side to the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens July 27, 2013 11:15 AM
To some who have lost things that they wanted after their self storage unit was sold at a lien auction there probably isn’t a compassionate side to the self storage industry. What those people would be failing to remember is that lien auctions are considered by many to be a regretful aspect of doing business, and not one that managers look forward to. Those same people are probably not aware of all the good that many self storage facilities do in the community either. [More]
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