The benefits of self-storage for businesses are often overlooked.
Now, with working from home becoming more typical, and also businesses in transition, it’s worth the work to consider some alternatives to the typical commercial lease arrangement.
One of these alternatives is renting self-storage. Some definite benefits of self-storage for businesses, in particular, small businesses are:
Professional Offices – Medical, Dental, Accounting and Legal
Medical, dental, accounting and legal offices have less paper than before, but there are still files. And files take up a lot of room, need to be kept, and need to be kept safely. Having a self-storage unit, with some quality shelving, is a great alternative to the very expensive document storage solutions (where a courier picks up boxes) or where the medical or dental office keeps files on-site, which take up room that could be better utilized or not utilized at all (just think of the price per square foot you’re paying for that space!). Considering how infrequently you need to pull a file, an off-site storage unit makes a lot of sense.
Restaurants often “refresh” their décor and equipment. They also have a lot of seasonal storage needs, such as patio furniture, which is very expensive and takes up room. Restaurants often carry extra dishware and flatware, cleaning supplies, and linens too. All of these items need to be kept clean, safe from damage, and should be kept away from the food. The best spot to store these is an off-site self-storage unit.
Please note! NEVER store any food, or any unclean items in a storage unit. At best it will grow mold. At worst, it will lead to a pest infestation and no one will be happy.
We have some very smart retailer customers. They purchase their Christmas inventory in July. Why is that smart? Because they get the best quality stuff well ahead of their competitors, and they can act quickly if the market is ready for Christmas early that year. They also store their things in their self-storage units, and often don’t need temperature-controlled storage so by renting drive-up storage units for their inventory storage needs, their cost is even less. Pretty smart, right?
Moving companies are often asked to help their customers “bridge” time. Someone may be moving across country, and they will be a month behind the moving truck. It makes sense for a moving company to rent a self-storage unit for their customer, to help fill this need.
With more people working from home, a lot of offices are making decisions on whether to downsize and sublet space they are no longer using. To be honest, if you don’t have an employee sitting in a chair producing some revenue, why would you keep the space? The hesitation from a lot of our customers that we hear is that their business is growing, and they just don’t know when they will need more space. So, they don’t want to get rid of their (often) pricey office furniture. The most practical solution for their business storage needs is a self storage unit rental! It’s month-to-month, so if your office downsizes for a year, but then your business grows, you’re ready to meet that growth quickly because you have kept your office supplies and furniture.
Businesses with very diverse needs can benefit from a self-storage unit. Because self-storage rentals are short-term and flexible, they really are perfect for the ever-changing business landscape.
We also encourage you to visit our YouTube channel to take a virtual tour of our Milton self storage facility or Woodstock self storage facility, as well as check out the many different sizes of self-storage unites we have for rent. We also post our self-storage rental prices online, and they are always current. You can also rent from our website. We really do make renting self-storage easy and affordable!
We wish your business great success!
Your friend in self-storage,