• Marketing Made Easy
    As an industry, self-storage has witnessed incredible growth in the last decade. This expansion has necessitated the need for more sophisticated marketing and sales/advertising plans to stay competitive. Without physically and strategically upgrading older, ...More
    July 1, 2002 Anne Ballard Posted in Articles
  • Upscale in Tulsa
    When asked by one of her customers why she doesn't retire, Nell Booher replied, "I am retired--I just get paid for it." She and her husband, Don, are the managers of South Tulsa Self Storage, a facility introducing a new concept to the industry in Tulsa, Okla. Can you call ...More
    July 1, 2002 Elaine M. Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Thanks for a Job Well Done
    I have been fortunate enough to write articles for Inside Self-Storage over the past several years, and this month I would like to use this column to acknowledge and praise a set of managers who work for me at Affordable Self Storage in Pacheco, Calif. Kevin and Louise ...More
    July 1, 2002 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Cardinal Self Storage
    When he converted an old pole barn into a building for subcontractors to store their equipment in 1990, Jim Bishop took his first unexpected step into the world of self-storage. Nine years later, Cardinal Self Storage of Grayslake, Ill., opened its doors on his five-acre ...More
    June 1, 2002 Elaine M. Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Develop a Marketing Mindset
    A marketing mindset is severely lacking in the self-storage business. A marketing mindset is one that looks for clever and creative ways to maximize total profitability with a minimum amount of time and money. Self-storage owners and managers aren't generally a competitive ...More
    June 1, 2002 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • slimshady
    JUST THIS MORNING I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL from the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail. The detective was seeking information about a burglary suspect who targeted self-storage facilities, taking unique movie memorabilia and other items. Once I followed the ...More
    June 1, 2002 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Part-timers, Attitudes and Victories
    A recent trip I made brought into focus a critical problem facing many self-storage owners: the gap that exists between the talents and skills of their managers, assistant managers and part-time employees. I had a full-time manager tell me he did not feel he could trust the ...More
    June 1, 2002 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Security Overview
    Other than location, there is nothing more important to maximizing profits and increasing the value of your self-storage facility than installing a state-of-the-art security and access-control system. This article will identify the reasons to install a security and ...More
    June 1, 2002 Michael Frede Posted in Articles
  • $ecurity on a Budget
    A thriving business commands a marketing advantage. In the self-storage industry, that means offering a comprehensive access-control system and state-of-the-art video surveillance. To install a brand-new system, simply call any industry security vendor and ask for its ...More
    June 1, 2002 Doug Carner Posted in Articles
  • Individual Unit Alarms
    Recent events in this country and the world have changed the way people think about security. A certain level of protection is now expected and deserved. Although this may not affect the self-storage industry alone, the consciousness of the public has been altered forever. ...More
    June 1, 2002 John Fogg Posted in Articles