Don’t think of self-storage units as being entirely limited to temporary storage space between moving homes. Instead, see it as the business opportunity that it is, writes Kirsty Morbidelliis of U-Store-It.
Businesses expand, downsize, relocate, and have numerous other occurrences that impact them, and the staff involved. Running a business from home is possible, and running your business from a self-storage unit or with the supplemental area and support of a storage unit is possible too.
1.Store Sensitive Documents Away from Your Home Office
If you work in a home office as many people do, it’s clear that you might run into issues on where to store your sensitive documents. The Australian Taxation Office requires that records be stored in such a way that reduces the risk damage to the records. It’s far more likely that your tax information and other sensitive documents are at a much higher risk of damage in your home.
With house fires, floods, and everyday messes that can damage sensitive documents, it’s much better to have them in storage units. Self-storage units are often weather-proof, water-proof, and there are even climate-controlled storage units.
2. Preserve Your Products
Keeping your product in an office space can expose it to all variety of possible damage, accidents, or even just general deterioration from light exposure. Keep your products in good condition by storing them in a self-storage unit. There’s no need to pay to stock your items in a major warehouse or for larger space that your growing business doesn’t need yet.
When using self-storage units to preserve your products, you can reduce costs on shrinkage and defective merchandise returns. You can carefully store your product in a way that will maintain its quality for as long as possible.
3. Free Up Your Workspace
Have you noticed that your office is slowly turning into a hoarder situation? Okay, maybe not an actual hoard, but those file boxes, and then odd things that show up in your office take up space. For retailers, it’s hard to find storage without invading your retail space, and the small offices quickly turn into disastrous and possibly dangerous work environments. In offices, it’s clear that there are numerous things that you simply don’t need around all the time.
Consider moving these items to a self-storage to reclaim your workspace:
- Seasonal décor and promotional items
- Unused desks, chairs or other office furniture
- Timesheets and other employee documents that aren’t needed on-site
- Claims and sensitive documents involving the business
4. Around the Clock Access
With self-storage units, you’re usually looking at an around-the-clock setup. Because of the level of security, you can access your information, documents, or products at any time of the day or night.
It’s a critical element for self-starters or entrepreneurs that often find themselves working in the early morning hours and through weekends. You just need to drive in, enter your security code and confidently walk to your unit. There’s no further explanation to an office building, or property manager about entering the building during off-hours because there are no off-hours.
5. Flexibility That Fits Your Needs
If you’re looking to store a few documents, then you can do that. Or, if you’re hoping to store a substantial amount of office furniture, then you can do that. Self-storage units offer flexibility in both scale and commitment. There’s little effort put into finding the “right” unit because the only major differences are the size and the duration of your agreement. It’s a way to reduce decision fatigue while still having complete control over the situation and agreement.
6. More Security Than You Could Imagine Needing
Office buildings have some security, but many are lacking. Storage units provide such a high level of security because of legal concerns, but the concern pays off well for all of their customers. In most self-storage facilities, nearly every inch of the grounds is under constant surveillance on 24/7 CCTV.
Then you have the on-site security guards, accompanied by cutting-edge motion detection and fire safety alarm systems as well. Not only do you not have to worry about someone breaking into your unit, but you should also be able to walk through the facility at any time comfortably.
7. Rely on Self-Storage for Logistics Solutions
While many big businesses have massive warehouses with carefully organized stock, you can take that same concept and downsize it. Use a self-storage unit not only to hold your product but also prepare it for shipping.
Logistic solutions that self-storage units can help with include allowing for third-party pickup, storage with shelving and organizational tools, moving services, office amenities, and even document shredding.
The wide range of services available with self-storage units varies by location and company. You can surely find a secure storage facility that has all the amenities you could hope for, including aid in handling logistics and even deliveries.
Bonus Tip: Save Money
With a self-storage unit, you can save money for your business. The time spent on transporting products is something that you can arrange. Not to mention that you’ll save money by not replacing sensitive documents, not paying for additional security, and retaining your product quality.
Working with a self-storage unit for your business is a great way to improve efficiency so you and your team can focus on other elements of your business. If you’re looking for creative ways to save money while getting more time and space back, then consider investing in a self-storage unit.
About the author
Kirsty Morbidelliis the U-Store-It Facility Development Manager whose years of experience in the industry allow her to develop and design customised and tailored self-storage training platforms that U-Store-it’s professional storage consultants use to better understanding their clients’ needs before providing solutions to suit residential, business and corporate customer’s self-storage needs.