• Recognizing and Reducing Slips and Falls
    Self-storage owners should be concerned with recognizing and reducing liability exposures. One of the largest types of claims seen among insurance companies is the ever-popular slip-and-fall injury. Judges are cracking down on storage owners who allow dangerous conditions ...More
    May 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Marketing With Your PC
    These days, there are far more self-storage facilities with a PC than without. The question facing owners and managers is, "How can I use my PC for something more productive than playing Solitaire or surfing the web?" There are many ways to boost your marketing efforts, and ...More
    May 1, 2003 Tom Garden Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Management Monitors
    Your manager will stare at your facility's PC monitor for at least a few hours on a daily basis. A hard-to-read screen will result in a noticeable reduction of productivity and may cause headaches. CRT vs. LCD For everyday use, 19-inch CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors give ...More
    May 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Real-Time Management Software
    Everyone wants to know as much information regarding the operation of their self-storage facilities as possible; and they want that information to be detailed, at their fingertips for immediate reference, and current. How "current" is a complicated question, and being able ...More
    May 1, 2003 James Hafen Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Choosing Records-Management Software
    This article reviews the basic features to look for when evaluating records-storage software packages, reveals some red flags to watch for, and discusses some of the "wow" factors in new technology that will allow you to compete with the big guys. You're new to the ...More
    May 1, 2003 Anne Sommi Edmonson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the easiest of the federal laws to violate without knowing it. It is amazing so many employees think they are entitled to leave--and so many employers give it--without understanding the act. The act may not apply to your ...More
    May 1, 2003 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Future of Self-Storage Technology
    Predicting the future can be risky. Take, for example, Thomas Watson Sr. of IBM and his prediction that "Five computers should be enough," or Bill Gates' forecast that "No one will ever need more than 640k of memory." So with the expectation almost everything we can predict ...More
    May 1, 2003 Michael Richards Posted in Articles, Technology
  • A Note to Buyers and Sellers
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the ...More
    May 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Online Payment and Reservation Technology
    There is no question the Internet is becoming a standard medium for Americans to research companies and products, learn about services and conduct business. By the end of 2002, more than 136 million had access to the Internet. It is predicted that by the year 2004, the ...More
    May 1, 2003 Rick McGee and Karen Genualdi Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • The Importance of Computer Backups
    Computers have become a part of doing business on a day-to-day basis. Most business operators input data, draft documents, send e-mails and visit websites regularly. At a self-storage facility, computers are used to input customer data, take payments, send letters, review ...More
    May 1, 2003 Michael Skrentny Posted in Articles, Technology