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How Self Storage Helps Home-Based Businesses

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When you think of self-storage, you might be convinced that it's just for people looking to stow personal items for a while. That's often the case, sure--but the truth is that self-storage is far more versatile than that (especially if you're running a business out of your home). Here's what self-storage can really do!

Do Small Businesses Need Self Storage?

If you run any kind of small business, you know just how valuable space can be. That's why self-storage is perfect for companies like yours: It gives you a little extra breathing room while allowing you to get more out of the space you already have.

Here are a few reasons you might need self-storage for your small business:

Your Home Feels Crowded

Even though "small" is right there in the name, your small business might feel anything but when it's taking up space in your home. If you're constantly bumping into family members while you work, or if your projects and files are a hazard to kids and pets, it might be time to use a self-storage unit.

Pro Tip

Remember, you can use self-storage in almost any way--so it all depends on what's best for your company. You might want to keep certain things at home for quick access, while the stuff you don't use as much can go to the storage unit--or you may keep the small item at home and larger ones in the unit.

Your Inventory Is Overflowing

Having plenty of inventory is great--until it's in your home closets, under your bed, stacked up at the kitchen counter, and filling the garage. This is a perfect opportunity to use self-storage for small businesses.

Pro Tip

As you're storing inventory, remember to come up with a solid organizational strategy. Depending on what you sell, you may need to store newer items in the back and older items in the front so they get sold first; in other cases, you might want to organize based on seasonality.

Your Documents Need Protection

Paper documents are still part of many small businesses, but that doesn't mean they're convenient. If you want to protect your files from damage or--worse--accidentally walking away in the wrong hands, a self-storage unit might be just what you need.

Pro Tip

Don't put files in unmarked boxes. Instead, think of your self-storage unit as one big file cabinet and store it accordingly. You might use labeled totes or shelves to keep things tidy. Just remember to follow any data privacy regulations that apply to your industry and business.

Your Work Is Potentially Disruptive

Maybe you work odd hours or make a lot of noise as you complete business tasks. No matter the reason, your small business can get in the way of other things going on at home--and that's the last thing you want it to do.

Luckily, you have another option: Head over to your self-storage unit. These units aren't just good for boxes and furniture, after all; they can also be your office, workspace, and private business retreat.

Pro Tip

If you choose to use your self-storage unit as a remote office, think ahead and set up the space accordingly. For example, you'll need to make sure you get a strong Wifi signal and that you have the lights, workbenches, desks, chairs, and other furniture you need to succeed.

You Need Shared Space

Maybe you're your only employee right now, but what happens if your business grows? You probably won't want coworkers showing up at your house. Regardless of how many people you have on your team, it's wise to have a shared space for work, tool storage, and more--outside of your home, of course.

Pro Tip

If you're sharing access to a storage unit, make sure this is noted appropriately on any relevant paperwork and that everyone has the key or code. Also, remember to get your keys back (or change codes) if employees leave your business.

Self-storage is perfect for small businesses--not just because it gives you extra space, but because it allows you to be endlessly creative with that extra space. Think about all the things you could achieve if you weren't limited to your home office, garage, or that tiny corner of the spare bedroom!

Want to see what self-storage can do for your small business? Contact us today for help finding the perfect unit.