• Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell Another year is here and, with its arrival, our expectations run high that we might really accomplish the goals we have set for our businesses and ourselves in the year ahead. OK, so some of our New Year's resolutions will be forgotten ...More
    January 1, 2001 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Door Maintenance
    Door MaintenanceKeep them rolling and looking good By Teresa Sedmak Storage doors are considered a trademark of the self-storage industry. They are its most recognizable feature--when people see a series of doors, they normally think storage. That being the case, the ...More
    January 1, 2001 Teresa Sedmak Posted in Articles
  • Numbers Don't Lie...
    Numbers Don't Lie...Unit sequencing demands planning By Matt Morgan Since 1985, self-storage owners Joe and Lolita Bader have been specializing in self-storage unit-door numbering through their Corpus Christi, Texas-based business, Quik# - Door Numbers. The Baders, whose ...More
    January 1, 2001 Matt Morgan Posted in Articles
  • Why Offer Records-Management Services?
    Why Offer Records-Management Services? By Cary F. McGovern Records management is a different business from self-storage. So why would a self-storage operator opt to offer records management at his facility? I have assisted more than 135 business owners and entrepreneurs in ...More
    January 1, 2001 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • State of the Industry
    State of the Industry In addition to the introduction of our annual State of the Industry report, my comments here should be of particular interest to this audience. At the close of each year, Inside Self-Storage speaks with several of this industry's most knowledgable and ...More
    January 1, 2001 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Convenience Trumps Economy...
    Convenience Trumps Economy... By Harley Rolfe Convenience trumps economy. That's how most customers see it; but many suppliers seem to miss this fact. The instinctive reaction of many self-storage owners when they see they're earning less than their desired income is to ...More
    January 1, 2001 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Times Were Tough
    BETCO Inc.The realization of a self-storage vision In 1984, Sam Sabri and Boyd "Buddy" Whitney had a vision. They formed a self-storage company in Statesville, N.C., and named it BETCO, originally an acronym for the "Building, Engineering & Technology ...More
    January 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Construction
  • The Cost of an Average Manager, Part II
    The Cost of an Average Manager, Part IIProfessional managers are part of the solution, not the problem By R.K. Kliebenstein This is the second part of a series on dealing with staffing changes. Previously, we discussed the self-storage supervisor/owner's role in the ...More
    January 1, 2001 R.K. Kliebenstein Posted in Articles
  • Holiday Decorating
    Holiday Decorating By Teri L. Lanza Festive panache goes a long way in creating holiday cheer for employees and customers ...and creates great marketing opportunities, too. A special thanks goes out to the Bialek family of Manitoba, Canada, for allowing us to draw on its ...More
    December 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • Why You Should Consider Higher Limits of Liability
    Why You Should Consider Higher Limits of Liability By David Wilhite A recent survey conducted by a major insurance company revealed that many, if not most, business owners purchase liability limits that will not fully indemnify them against the awards typically being handed ...More
    December 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles