• Square One
    Square One I recently returned from a positively awesome trip down to Supai, the Havasupai Indian Reservation located just southwest of the Grand Canyon. It's an eight-mile hike down to the village from Hualapai Hilltop, and another two miles down to the sacred Havasu ...More
    July 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles, Development
  • MicroTask Inc.Creating a better way to do business
    MicroTask Inc.Creating a better way to do business By Barry Morris Virtually any industry, including self-storage, has its benefits and pitfalls. But rather than simply taking the bad with the good, Christopher Capozzoli thought it would be better to take the bad and make ...More
    July 1, 2000 Barry Morris Posted in Articles
  • Communicating With Your Supervisor or Facility Owner
    Communicating With Your Supervisor or Facility Owner By Pamela Alton As the on-site manager of a storage facility, you have many responsibilities: telephone sales, customer service, showing and renting units, maintenance, outside marketing and daily management duties, to ...More
    July 1, 2000 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Small-Town Feeling
    Calaveras Mini-StorageIn the heart of Gold Rush country By Barry Morris Some 150 years ago, pioneers with visions of a quick fortune swarmed the area of north central California, which is now Calaveras County, looking to reap whatever they could of the region's rich gold ...More
    July 1, 2000 Barry Morris Posted in Articles
  • Classic Mistakes in Self-Storage Development
    On paper, self-storage development seems like an easy project. The buildings are simple in nature, with only a roll-up door and metal partitions. The buildings have no real HVAC, plumbing or electrical components other than in the office. But the reality is several mistakes ...More
    July 1, 2000 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles, Development
  • Breezing Through Hurricane Season
    Breezing Through Hurricane Season By David Wilhite In any given year, during the months of June through November, an average of three hurricanes will strike the United States. In 1995, hurricanes accounted for more than 100 deaths and caused billions of dollars in damages. ...More
    July 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Getting StartedSelecting a good site for a new self-storage business
    Getting StartedSelecting a good site for a new self-storage business By Harold Leslie In today's market, it is more important than ever to do your homework before investing in a new self-storage project. Unlike the early days of self-storage when you could build a project ...More
    July 1, 2000 Harold Leslie Posted in Articles, Development
  • Coach or Player?
    Coach or Player? By Harley Rolfe The dilemma is that a commodity business like self-storage doesn't breed "hard-nosed" marketers. Yet the day may arrive when marketing is a necessary discipline in the successful operation of a storage facility. Without the ...More
    July 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • One on OneWith Michael Skrentney
    One on OneWith Michael Skrentney Michael Skrentny is currently president and part owner of Mystic Systems Technology Corp. (MSTC), a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that provides management software, access and alarm systems to the self-storage industry. He has been with ...More
    July 1, 2000 Posted in Articles, Development
  • Why You Lose Business to Commercial Record Centers
    Why You Lose Business to Commercial Record Centers By Cary McGovern In my last two columns, I described why records management is always cost justified and that self-storage is an easy mark for traditional commercial records centers as a source for new business. This ...More
    July 1, 2000 Cary McGovern Posted in Articles