• On Being a Quality Manager
    Quality managers are quality people, from all walks of life, who have mastered the skills of managing a selfstorage facility. They are warm, friendly, honest, energetic souls who enjoy working independently and working with the public. They are relationship-builders who are ...More
    December 1, 2003 Donna May Posted in Articles
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: My retail office has large glass windows, and I am very concerned about vandalism. ...More
    December 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • U.K. Storage Development: Leave No Stone Unturned
    What does it take to fill a facility? To those who ask me the question, I answer: Unearth every stone, chase down every opportunity, close every deal, and generate as many as possible leads and projects as you can—together with creating awareness of your brand and ...More
    December 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Development
  • Handling Market Saturation
    You did your feasibility study, went through the tedious trial of getting your plans approved, built your site, hired your managers and opened your doors for business. You have been open for several months now, but the rentals are just not coming as projected. Perhaps ...More
    December 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Winning Women
    They are business owners, consultants, company presidents and industry experts. Many of them have been working in self-storage for 10 years or more. While there are many wonderful women of note working in the business, for this special feature, ISS chose a few of these ...More
    December 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Planning Your Facility
    Planning your records-storage facility is the first issue to address after making the decision to enter the business. What size should the facility be? What shape? How big is too big? Where should it be located? What about security? How do you avoid fires? How does racking ...More
    December 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • After The Storm
    Last September, in the wake of Hurricane Isabel, five states were declared federal disaster areas. Hundreds of businesses were damaged, and more than 30 deaths were blamed on the powerful storm. Hurricane Isabel started traditional rounds of severe fall and winter weather. ...More
    December 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Mr. Right Manager
    Hire, train, motivate and retain great employees—it seems simple, but is it? How many times has this happened to you? You can’t believe your good fortune. You find the perfect candidate for the job. He looks the part and gives all the right answers during the interview. You ...More
    December 1, 2003 Tammy Ross Posted in Articles
  • Spain's Growing Need for Self-Storage
    Since 2000, Spain has been experiencing a tide of immigrants leaving Northern Europe and the United Kingdom like no other time in its history. Nicknamed EUmigres, they are drawn by the warm climate and easy lifestyle of Spain. But finding housing has become a concise ...More
    December 1, 2003 Bridget Nemeth Posted in Articles
  • The Bugman Cometh
    Sooner or later, you're going to have to deal with me—no matter how new your facility, no matter how clean you keep it, no matter where you are located. You can use bug spray by the case. You can close your eyes and hope they just go away: but in the end, we'll meet. I am ...More
    December 1, 2003 Ken Berquist Posted in Articles