• Practice Makes Profit
    On days when the weather is nice, I ride my bicycle to work. It’s about an 8-mile trip each way. I was recently forced to take a hiatus due to some business traveling and a week of rain. When I finally hopped on my bike again, I found I had to stop and rest along the way. I ...More
    September 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Is Metal Just Metal?
    Metal construction dates back to the early 20th century. Less than a century later, metal buildings comprise 38 percent of all one- and two-story commercial projects in the construction market. Metal products and assemblies are used in government facilities, shopping ...More
    September 1, 2005 Justin Farris Posted in Articles
  • Planning for Records Storage
    More and more self-storage operators are considering the addition of records storage as a value-added service to their existing business. The most important ingredient is planning the space to accommodate the new venture. There are four options: Option 1: Adapt Existing ...More
    September 1, 2005 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Product Showcase
    INSOMNIAC Customers testify on behalf of OpenTech kiosks As OpenTech Alliance Inc. approaches its three-year anniversary, it has a lot to celebrate. In its short history, the company has emerged as a leading developer of self-service kiosks for the storage industry, with ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Burning Question
    To build or not to build is the biggest question facing today’s self-storage developer. When considering a plan, he has to examine a number of critical issues to ensure a viable and profitable project. Some considerations are whether the area can support more storage, how ...More
    September 1, 2005 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles, Development
  • Building Retail Into Your Business
    On a per-square-foot basis, retail sales can be a significant portion of a facility’s income, so when it comes to developing and building a new self-storage site, include retail space in your plans. Whether you’re building from the ground up or remodeling an older facility, ...More
    September 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Advertising: Lost in Translation
    “Hispanic Marketplace” is dedicated to educating self-storage professionals about the possibilities of the burgeoning Latino market. The U.S. Hispanic population-and its buying power-is growing at an astounding rate, making it an attractive target for businesses that ...More
    September 1, 2005 Myrna Sonora Posted in Articles
  • Inside Self-Storage Magazine: McDowell Mountain Storage
    When a long-time Arizona resident is asked how he tolerates the scorching summer heat, he may reply, “Well, it’s a dry heat.” The climate is obviously no deterrent to the influx of people to the area. More than 150,000 people migrate to Arizona each year, creating a ready ...More
    September 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Choosing and Working With a Contractor
    There are many ingredients that go into developing a successful self-storage project. Some of the more important ones are a suitable site, a proper feasibility study, a professional design team and the right contractor. How do you choose your contractor? It’s important to ...More
    September 1, 2005 Charles Plunkett Posted in Articles
  • Are Doors Just Doors?
    Most self-storage door companies have the same goal: to bring a viable, competitive product to the marketplace, sell it, and make a reasonable profit. No one can argue with that. But buyers can do themselves a big favor by becoming smarter businesspeople and paying ...More
    September 1, 2005 Gayel Weaver Posted in Articles