Small Business was once the back bone of this country, but now large corporations have taken over making it hard for the little guy to compete. In order for the small business to stay afloat it is crucial to keep overhead low, and it is for this reasons many owners are looking for different ways of doing business. Self-Storage has become a great alternative to renting a traditional office or warehouse space. Although running a business out of a storage unit sounds a bit strange, it could be an ideal solution for, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, Pharmaceutical Reps, or really any business where the bulk of your business takes place outside of the office. Self-Storage units are very affordable averaging between $0.75/ square foot to $1.50/square foot depending on the type of storage you are looking for and the location of the property. Since most storage unit leases are month to month you are never locked into a long-term deal where you are paying for space you don’t need. If you receive a shipment and need more space, rent a second unit. Once that merchandise is sold you vacate the unit or downsize to a smaller size. The flexibility in sizing options is limitless. Since self-storage has become very popular you are sure to find a unit in any location you need, putting you closer to your customers.
If you decide to try using a storage unit for your business, it is important to understand that all storage facilities were not created equal. Property features, and quality of a storage facility vary wildly from location to location. These are some things to consider when choosing a storage company.
• Is it Business friendly? Some facilities are much more accommodating of corporate units than others.
•Gate Access Hours. You want to make sure the storage facilities access hours match up with your customers needs. If you occasionally need to make a 3am service call, it is important to have 24-hour access.
• Security, are your items going to be safe? Make sure the facility has a perimeter fence with coded access to ensure no one will have access to the property that shouldn’t.
• What are you storing? If you are storing merchandise that is sensitive to temperature or humidity you may want to look into climate-controlled storage.
• How often will you be going into the storage unit? If you plan on accessing the unit daily, an interior unit will keep you out of the rain and other adverse weather conditions.
• Semi Access? If you expect large deliveries such as pallets, make sure there is enough room on the property that a semi trailer can pull in a maneuver through the facility.
• Deliveries. Will the storage manager sign for a delivery from UPS or Fed Ex?
Whatever your needs, chances are good that Devon Self Storage has the right unit for you. I recommend that your stop by anyone of our convenient locations and speak with one of our storage specialists to find the best possible storage solution for your business.