• Self-Storage Technology: Advancements Over the Pond
    I love change. I live for it. And I've always been at the front of the queue when it comes to embracing the opportunities created by the organism we call the World Wide Web.I'm on the technology bandwagon in this issue. Three years ago, as a director of the Self Storage ...More
    April 1, 2003 Andrew Donaldson Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Time for a Check-Up
    Your doctor recommends you have an annual check-up, and you know you should; but sometimes you are just too busy. If you have symptoms of an illness, however, you are likely to go to find out their cause. The health of your self-storage facility is important to your ...More
    April 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Call-Center Update
    The first call center designed to support independent self-storage properties was created two years ago. The concept of using a call center to capture potentially missed rental inquiries was not new. The top five largest operators had previously established internal call ...More
    April 1, 2003 Stan Colona Posted in Articles
  • The Software-Survival Toolbox
    It's a fact: Computer hard drives fail without warning, viruses destroy company records, and unauthorized eyes try to spy on your business. How can you safeguard your valuable files and optimize computer performance? By using a simple collection of indispensable software ...More
    April 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Empower Software Technologies LLC
    Tom Smith and partner Jeff Power have been developing software packages for more than 20 years. They created software for the medical and legal markets before discovering the booming self-storage arena and launching Empower Software Technologies LLC in October 1998. Power's ...More
    April 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: Are there any advantages to being an owner-builder? What are some pitfalls to avoid? ...More
    April 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Euro-Zone Needs Storage
    Six hectic and eventful years have passed since my arrival in England from Australia. Business takes me on regular "flying visits," where as soon as I am out of one office, I am in another airport lounge ready for take-off. This past summer, however, I piled my family into ...More
    April 1, 2003 Jonathan Perrin Posted in Articles, Development
  • The Dangers of Gate Damage
    Self-storage owners purchase automatic access-control gates to heighten the security of their premises and the safety of their tenants' goods. Customers feel assured about storing their possessions in a gated facility because gates are great devices for deterring potential ...More
    April 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Annuity Value of Records Storage
    The most attractive component of the records-storage formula is the incredible annuity value of the storage. The purpose of this article is to explain how it works and how it can deliver permanent high-yield storage revenue in traditional self-storage. Consistent ...More
    April 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Changes
    Change is inevitable. It will happen, and it isn't always easy. It is often said people don't change things until the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of changing. We can choose to ignore circumstances if we wish, that doesn't make them go away. I often ...More
    April 1, 2003 David Fleming and Richard Hamister Posted in Articles