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The Importance of the World Wide Web to the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick August 8, 2011 11:28 AM
There are many old sayings that describe different avenues or paths to success in business, but there are two that apply especially well to the self storage industry: Knowledge is power and communication is the key to success. [More]

Self Storage Company Lends a Caring Hand

by John Stevens August 5, 2011 2:55 PM
Getting involved in the community can be a double-edged sword for businesses. On one hand, it is great press because the company is helping out someone or something that is in need. However, if the event is not large enough, it often goes unnoticed by the media. [More]

You Never Know What You'll Find in Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick August 4, 2011 5:31 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all have opinions, and just because something is beautiful to one person does not mean the other person can’t find it hideous. The same concept holds true for the value of personal objects. People attach value for any number of different reasons. The reason only has to make sense to one person—them. [More]

Knowing is Half the Battle in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens August 3, 2011 3:28 PM
There is a saying that used to come at the end of every G.I. Joe cartoon when the show was on during the 1980s—knowing is half the battle. While it applied to all the little life lessons that the show was trying to teach its young viewers, it also directly applies to success is in the self storage business. [More]

Self Storage Industry an Industry in Transition

by Tony Gonzalez August 1, 2011 1:40 PM
Over the last 15 years, the self storage industry has grown by approximately 65 percent; a rate of growth that is respectable for any industry. However, the rate of growth in new facilities has reduced dramatically over the last four years. Last year there were less than 250 new facilities constructed. [More]

Extra Space Storage Leads the Way in Solar Energy

by Tony Gonzalez July 29, 2011 1:36 PM
Extra Space Storage, the second largest operator of self storage companies in the United States with over 850 facilities in 34 states, has embarked on a solar initiative on a scale that is unheard of in the self storage industry. [More]

The Truth Behind Self Storage Auctions

by Holly Robinson July 28, 2011 5:48 PM
There are not too many businesses that can say that they have experienced growth during the current economic climate, but the self storage industry is one of them. For a variety of different reasons, more and more people have found that they needed someplace relatively safe to keep their belongings. As that number of people grew, so did the self storage industry. [More]

Want to Invest in the Self Storage Industry?

by Kim Kilpatrick July 27, 2011 6:32 PM
A lot of people think that when it comes to investing you have to do what you know (if only it was that easy to buy into a pro sports team). So what people typically do is look for a business or industry that appears to be pretty healthy at the time. However, once they find it, they often don’t know what to do. [More]

Storing in Canada a Bit Different than in the United States

by Winnie Hsiu July 25, 2011 10:50 PM
The self storage industry is on the way to becoming a global industry for one reason and one reason only. We all like stuff. No matter who you are or where you live, when it comes to your stuff you don’t want to let it go. That is where the self storage industry has been able to step in and give people what they need—space. [More]

Politics Make the World Go 'Round

by Tony Gonzalez July 22, 2011 10:43 PM
Some people would like us to believe that love makes the world go ‘round. Others would say that big business does the trick, or simply money in general. Those people would all be wrong. If you want to know what makes the world go ‘round, look no further than the sordid world of politics. [More]
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