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  • The Self-Storage See-Saw
    What goes up, must come down, right? Some feel that the real estate turbulence of late was bound to hit at some point, because it had soared to such great heights in the past several years. How far it would drop was anybody’s guess. While editing a piece on ...More
    April 29, 2008 Drew Whitney Posted in News
  • Records Storage: Like a Gold Mine
    The records-storage market is unlimited in virtually every self-storage market in the world. How can you tap into this potential gold mine?Self-storage entrepreneurs in most cities refer to their individual markets as areas within a two- to five-mile radius. Records-storage ...More
    April 29, 2008 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Simply Self Storage Named No. 1 in Fast Business Growth by Entrepreneur Mag
    From a database of nearly 21 million companies reviewed by Entrepreneur magazine and research provider CentrisPoint, Simply Self Storage was distinguished as one of the nation’s “Hot 100, The Fastest Growing Businesses in America” for 2008. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Self-Storage Use on the Rise in Ireland
    The use of self-storage is on the rise in Ireland, according to The Irish Independent. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Lok’n Store Half-Year Profit Drops
    U.K. self-storage company Lok’n Store reported a drop in pre-tax profit for the six months ending January 31, 2008, but the company says it has made good progress in strengthening the operating performance of the business. ...More
    April 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Storage Still Strong
    The need for self-storage remains strong despite economy woes. Last week, we featured an update on the steel crisis on the ISS homepage. In case you haven’t had a chance to read the article, I interviewed several leading builders, developers and steel suppliers about ...More
    April 28, 2008 Amy Campbell Posted in Blogs
  • A Storage Pro in Action and Other Thoughts From the Road
    During a recent meeting in Phoenix, I had a chance to witness firsthand how a self-storage professional handles a crisis. Knowing just how busy everyone at this meeting was, we all had agreed to keep our telephones on so we could deal with important issues. Little did any ...More
    April 28, 2008 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles, Management
  • Breeding the Best Advertising: Loyal Customers!
    As my quest to improve our company’s client service, I came across the book, Customer Satisfaction Is Worthless; Customer Loyalty Is Priceless, by Jeffrey Gitomer, a sales guru I have long admired. The premise of the book is that clients who are only satisfied will ...More
    April 27, 2008 Sue Weinman Posted in Articles, Marketing
  • Finding Financing for Self-Storage
    All projects need a thorough business plan to entice the lender to provide financing. The self-storage industry, however, has one unique difference that may impede obtaining financing. Some financial institutions shy away from lending on a single-purpose facility, such as ...More
    April 26, 2008 Dan Cardinal Posted in Articles, Finance
  • Delivering the Hard Message: Employee Termination
    We entrust the care and management of our multimillion-dollar facilities to what we hope are competent, honest, well-intended employees, but sometimes there is a gap between what we expect from them and what we get. We then experience the emotional turmoil of what to do ...More
    April 26, 2008 Linnea Appleby Posted in Articles, Management