Contributing Editors

Auditing and Internet Topics of Upcoming Self Storage Webinars

by John Stevens May 13, 2011 8:55 AM
Two webinars sponsored by SkilCheck and Storitz will be held next week to guide self storage owners and operators on the topics of auditing and optimizing your internet presence to showcase your self storage property. [More]

Good Land, Good Location, Good Timing Means Building RV/Boat Storage is a Good Idea

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 8:25 AM
If you’ve got a lot of land, a good location by water and good timing, then building a RV/boat storage facility might be a good business move. Today’s economy has made land costs cheap, steel prices low and concrete readily available and low-cost. Construction crews are also itching to find work. All of these factors combine to create a good time to construct a profitable RV/boat storage. [More]

Awards of Distinction Given to Self Storage Businesses in U.S. and Canada

by John Stevens May 12, 2011 7:21 AM
Three self storage facilities have recently won notable awards for excellence in their industry. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Education Foundation recently named the Houston-based Proguard Self Storage a Winner of Distinction. Extra Space Storage of Estero, Fla., just accepted the David Graham Memorial Award for Excellence in Development. And Convey-All Industries Inc., a manufacturer of conveyor systems for a wide range of industrial uses and owner of Winkler Mini Storage in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada, received the Award for Business Excellence at the Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 2011 P.W. Enns Business Awards. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Court College Students Leaving Campus for Summer

by John Stevens May 11, 2011 7:27 AM
College students are the best customers for many self storage businesses this time of year. What other large demographic lives for nine months out of the year in one place and three months in another? They are consistent self storage customers and self storage businesses are working in high gear to attract their attention as semesters wrap up for the summer. [More]

Successful Self Storage Entrepreneur Up For Prestigious Ernst & Young Award for 2011

by John Stevens May 6, 2011 7:21 AM
Andrew Donaldson, a partner in U.K. self storage operator BIG Storage is a finalist on a list of candidates for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the North and Midlands region of England. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year is a global business award for entrepreneurs. If Donaldson wins the award for his region, he’ll go onto to compete for the United Kingdom title. [More]

As LinkedIn Explodes in Popularity, Self Storage Professionals Among Businesspeople That Can Develop Their Online Professional Presence

by John Stevens May 4, 2011 9:44 AM
When self storage operators and owners, along with other business professionals, think of having a social media presence, two powerhouses come to mind– Facebook and Twitter. But rising in the social media scene is a site that aims more at the professional crowd – LinkedIn. Where Facebook became the preeminent “social network” site, LinkedIn is becoming the preeminent “business network” site. Self storage and other businesses should take heed as LinkedIn begins its meteoric rise. Setting up a business profile on LinkedIn could mean a big business boost. [More]

Wide Array of Webinars Offered to Self Storage Community During Spring and Summer

by John Stevens May 3, 2011 7:41 AM
Educating yourself on the latest and greatest in the self storage industry is a sure way to develop and improve your facility. Both storage-focused businesses and organizations offer webinars, often free-of-charge, for those in the storage industry to come together in a convenient, high-tech way in order to collaborate and learn from experts in the field. A slew of webinars are filling out the spring and summer months covering topics that are timely and topical. [More]

As More People Rent Than Buy, Apartment and Self Storage REITs Enjoy Market Strength

by John Stevens April 28, 2011 6:25 AM
The stellar growth of both apartment and self storage real estate investment trusts (REITs) translates into a sure sign that the U.S. housing market is still in a slump. Analysts are noting a strong historical correlation between revenue growth with storage REITs like Public Storage and revenue growth with the apartment REITs. [More]

Federal Taxes Take Their Toll on Small Businesses

by John Stevens April 18, 2011 5:31 PM
Taxes are due today and according to a new report, small businesses take the brunt of the burden and are spending billions of hours on federal tax compliance. Researchers from IBM Global Business Services, IRS NHQ Office Research and Quantria Strategies have released a report with some surprising small business news on how much time taxes actually take. [More]

With Thoughts of Expansion, Many Self Storage Operators Look to Boat/ RV Market

by John Stevens April 15, 2011 9:31 PM
Self storage operators often consider renovating or expanding space to grow their business. One avenue that more operators are now looking into is boat and RV storage. Many developers and owners are adding to their existing facilities in locations and markets where it makes sense. A popular trend in the self storage market is the addition of bigger units. [More]
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