• Utilizing the WebMake this a 'banner' year for your business
    Utilizing the WebMake this a 'banner' year for your business By Michael Zervas, Michaels/Wilder Group Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you're doing--but nobody else does. Let's talk about turning on the Internet for ...More
    May 1, 2000 Michael Zervas, Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Storage Units or the City Dump?
    Storage Units or the City Dump? By Pamela Alton One day, as you are making your rounds at your facility, you notice a broken lamp with no shade sitting beside your dumpster. Within 15 minutes, there also appears an old dresser with one drawer missing. By the end of the day, ...More
    May 1, 2000 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Bangs and Whimpers
    Bangs and Whimpers In his famous poem, "The Hollow Men," T.S. Eliot sardonically notes how the world ends: "Not with a bang but a whimper." And so it does, when all the hubbub over Y2-chaos turned out to be little more than speculation and a few midnight ...More
    May 1, 2000 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • The Disposable GenerationWho will be next year's self-storage customer?
    The Disposable GenerationWho will be next year's self-storage customer? By Shaun Ferguson I received a funny e-mail the other day that a university had supposedly sent out to professors to help them better identify with the incoming freshman class. After the initial humor ...More
    May 1, 2000 Shaun Ferguson Posted in Articles
  • Fine-Tune Your Management TrainingTurning your employees into ultra-sales people
    Fine-Tune Your Management TrainingTurning your employees into ultra-sales people By Rick Kaczmarek Whatever your involvement in the self-storage industry, you'll agree that the easiest way to improve performance at a specific property is to improve the effectiveness of the ...More
    May 1, 2000 Rick Kaczmarek Posted in Articles
  • Financial FeasibilityStarting point or best guess?
    Financial FeasibilityStarting point or best guess? By Jim Oakley When a developer locates a potential site, he has a gut feeling about its profitability based upon his experience. The first step is to then establish zoning entitlements and get a site plan approved. Next, he ...More
    April 1, 2000 Jim Oakley Posted in Articles
  • The Need for Customers' Goods Legal Liability
    The Need for Customers' Goods Legal Liability By David Wilhite If there is one absolute truism in the self-storage industry it is that you, as a facility owner, do not take possession of your customers' property; you act as a landlord and not a warehousemen. That is why you ...More
    April 1, 2000 David Wilhite Posted in Articles
  • Thoughts From the Road
    Thoughts From the Road By Jim Chiswell This month's column provides me with a very unique opportunity: a chance to talk about a major self-storage meeting coming to Buffalo, N.Y., next month. No, I'm not pulling your leg. Inside Self-Storage is bringing its spring expo to ...More
    April 1, 2000 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • New Kids on the Block
    New Kids on the Block By Harley Rolfe They call economics the dismal science. Boring as the subject may be, it guides sellers in effectively diagnosing and treating soft income and low occupancy. One of the incipient conditions of the self-storage industry is commodity ...More
    April 1, 2000 Harley Rolfe Posted in Articles
  • Another Walk Down Wall StreetSelf-storage financing players talk about the market, lending terms, interest ratesand more
    Another Walk Down Wall StreetSelf-storage financing players talk about the market, lending terms, interest rates and more By Tara Collins Higher interest rates have slowed the progress of smaller self-storage financing transactions. However, most lenders say there's still ...More
    April 1, 2000 Tara Collins Posted in Articles, Finance