• More Than One Basket
    [ Mobile Storage ] "There can be many advantages of expanding an existing self-storage operation into container storage, even for a mom-and-pop type of facility. Perhaps the greatest advantage is it adds diversification to the revenue of the facility. But, opening and ...More
    April 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Nuwanda
    I didn't attend a posh preparatory school like the Welton Academy featured in the 1989 film classic Dead Poets Society. And, granted, I graduated 30 years later than the film-set year 1959. Even still, who didn't feel inspired--and just a wee bit melancholy and maudlin--by ...More
    April 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Empower Software Technologies LLC
    Tom Smith and partner Jeff Power have been developing software packages for more than 20 years. They created software for the medical and legal markets before discovering the booming self-storage arena and launching Empower Software Technologies LLC in October 1998. Power's ...More
    April 1, 2003 Amy Campbell 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: Are there any advantages to being an owner-builder? What are some pitfalls to avoid? ...More
    April 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Software-Survival Toolbox
    It's a fact: Computer hard drives fail without warning, viruses destroy company records, and unauthorized eyes try to spy on your business. How can you safeguard your valuable files and optimize computer performance? By using a simple collection of indispensable software ...More
    April 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Call-Center Update
    The first call center designed to support independent self-storage properties was created two years ago. The concept of using a call center to capture potentially missed rental inquiries was not new. The top five largest operators had previously established internal call ...More
    April 1, 2003 Stan Colona Posted in Articles
  • Time for a Check-Up
    Your doctor recommends you have an annual check-up, and you know you should; but sometimes you are just too busy. If you have symptoms of an illness, however, you are likely to go to find out their cause. The health of your self-storage facility is important to your ...More
    April 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage Technology: Advancements Over the Pond
    I love change. I live for it. And I've always been at the front of the queue when it comes to embracing the opportunities created by the organism we call the World Wide Web.I'm on the technology bandwagon in this issue. Three years ago, as a director of the Self Storage ...More
    April 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Annuity Value of Records Storage
    The most attractive component of the records-storage formula is the incredible annuity value of the storage. The purpose of this article is to explain how it works and how it can deliver permanent high-yield storage revenue in traditional self-storage. Consistent ...More
    April 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • The Dangers of Gate Damage
    Self-storage owners purchase automatic access-control gates to heighten the security of their premises and the safety of their tenants' goods. Customers feel assured about storing their possessions in a gated facility because gates are great devices for deterring potential ...More
    April 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles