If you own a business—especially a home-based business—you may run out of space quickly. That’s where self storage can come in handy! Whether you need to store documents, inventory, or need temporary office space, here are the types of business storage and storage features to look for!
Types of Business Storage
Before you start looking for specific self storage features for your business, check out the different types of business storage available at Extra Space Storage.
If your business retains a high volume of inventory or has large equipment to store, finding warehouse storage for rent may be the right solution. With warehouse storage units—as opposed to typical self storage units or storage lockers—you have plenty of space to store and organize your business equipment.
A secure business storage option, self storage allows you to rent a unit to hold your possessions. Business owners can take advantage of self storage features at storage facilities nearby to preserve important documents, extra office supplies, seasonal inventory, or small equipment. Self storage also benefits small businesses by offering reliable solutions at an affordable price and in a variety of sizes.
Leasing office space for your company can be expensive—especially if you’re a small business that’s outgrown its home office. Storage facilities with office space can help you save money while still providing you with space to work and develop your business venture. Plus, many of these commercial office spaces are equipped with internet and phone lines, so you can work without using a WiFi hotspot or your personal phone.
Do you make deliveries or own multiple service vehicles for your business? If you’re unable to store these vehicles at your business or home, utilizing vehicle storage at a storage facility is a great way to keep your cars, vans, trucks, and other vehicles secure when they’re not in use! Extra Space Storage offers unit sizes for every type of vehicle, from trucks to work vans.
Business Storage Features
Commercial storage is practical and cheap, making it the perfect partner for growing businesses. Learn more about the commercial storage features available with Extra Space Storage and how they can benefit you using self storage for businesses.
Wherever you choose to store your business items, you’ll want to make sure there are high-quality security features in place to keep your belongings secure. Self storage security features to look for when evaluating storage facilities include security access to your floor only, electronic gate access, video surveillance, an on-site resident manager, and individually-alarmed units.
Extended Hours & 24-Hour Access
Whether you’re an early riser, night owl, or weekend worker, renting business storage with extended hours or 24-hour access storage can be helpful. A storage facility with extended hours typically has gate access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., which provides more opportunities to stop by your commercial storage unit before or after work. If your schedule is unpredictable, it might be worth finding a facility that offers 24-hour storage so that you can access your unit outside of standard hours when it’s convenient for you.
Drive-up access storage is an extremely convenient storage feature that benefits small business owners. If you plan on making frequent trips to your business storage unit to pick up and drop off equipment or inventory, a drive-up storage unit allows you to drive directly up to your unit for quick and easy unloading and loading.
While drive-up access storage is convenient for those on the ground floor of a facility, there are other options to look for when seeking convenient business storage. Make sure the facility you store at offers first-floor access storage units—or elevator access, if the facility you’re partnering with doesn’t have ground floor units available.
Do you have important items that could potentially be damaged due to temperature or moisture fluctuations? Climate-controlled storage keeps your business storage units typically between 55 and 80 degrees year-round to help protect sensitive items from weather-related damage. Storage units with climate control are highly recommended if you plan to store paper documents, electronics, retail products, or business furniture. Make sure to ask about different climate control options—like air-cooled storage, heated storage, and dehumidified storage.
If you plan to use self storage for managing your inventory, being able to have items delivered directly to your storage facility is a major convenience. Self storage pickup and delivery help save you both time and effort, so you can focus on your other business needs. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your package being left in the open because a facility staff member will be there to accept it and keep it secure until you’re able to get it.
For businesses needing commercial storage to transport and store inventory or large equipment, you’ll want to choose a storage facility with wide-drive aisles. That way, you can drive anything from small cars or large vehicles like trucks, to vehicle fleets and trailers onto the premises without getting stuck—and there will still be enough room for you to easily unload and load your items.
This business storage feature makes the unloading and loading process much easier. A loading bay comes in handy for businesses that need to transport inventory to and from their storage unit. Also, if you live somewhere with any type of severe weather, think about renting a storage unit at a facility that has a covered or heated loading bay for your comfort and safety.
Storage Locker Availability
If your business requires some storage but doesn’t have enough to fill a large storage unit, consider renting a storage locker. These low-ceiling units are much smaller than traditional storage solutions, cost less, and are perfect for small businesses looking for short-term storage. Plus, storage lockers are ideal for storing small items like extra office supplies and documents!
Ready to rent self storage for your business? Extra Space Storage has storage locations across the country that can help you achieve your business goals. Find business storage unit near you!