How to Leverage Self Storage For Your Growing Commercial Operation
If you own a business that’s bursting at the seams and you just can’t keep up with inventory levels at your current location, then renting a self storage unit may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Depending upon your needs, you can rent one or multiple units, and you can add or let go of units as your inventory levels increase or decrease. One of the advantages of self storage units is that most are rented on a month-to-month basis. These units are accessible 24/7, and are clean and secure for whatever you need to store.
The space you rent is private, so no one else will have access to it but you. Your monthly fee includes free access to your units as many times during the month as you want.
Commercial enterprises love self storage because it’s so affordable. Contractors and landscapers use self storage to store their equipment and supplies, and often rent self storage units near their job sites for ready access. Sometimes they even include the cost of the unit with the price of the job they’re doing.
Retailers often have difficulty storing holiday inventory on site for the eight months of the year it can’t be out on the sales floor. Off-site storage is the perfect answer to their problem.
Most public storage facilities have tall fencing around their perimeter, so anything stored is secure. There are also surveillance cameras on hand recording all activity 24/7. In order to enter onto the grounds of the facility, you have to type in your private access code at the main gate.
Storage buildings with temperature and humidity control are often available if you need them. In most urban areas, staff is on site during regular business hours and on weekends. They are available to help if you need to schedule a package pick-up or drop-off. And the better storage facilities have paved drives around each building, which makes it both easy and clean to get to your unit.
Although self storage facilities offer separate renter’s insurance, I recommend you have your own insurance for your expensive business equipment or inventory. Just like with parking, self storage operators are not liable for damage to your parked vehicles or the equipment you store on site.
You can pay the monthly fee with cash, check or major credit cards. And you can even set up a convenient automatic transaction plan for the duration of the rental.
As a commercial storage customer you can usually negotiate a discount when you rent a self storage unit for a long time. Most businesses remain permanent tenants and rent for more than a year. In that case the owner of the storage facility will be glad to quote a special rate, if you pre-pay for 6 months or if you have your monthly payment automatically drawn from your credit card or business account.
Self storage facilities can save business owners money and stress. They offer plenty of room at a low cost, and can grow with your business as it grows.