• Workers’ Compensation
    Workers’ compensation is designed to ensure that employees injured or disabled while on the job are properly compensated, negating the need for related lawsuits. It also provides benefits for dependents of workers killed by work-related accidents or illness. Some laws also ...More
    January 1, 2005 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Stay in Control
    Cost self-storage owners use retailing to increase revenue, improve their business image, and better serve customers in a professional manner. They want to minimize overhead and maximize profits. In other words, they need a system of inventory control.Now before you yawn ...More
    January 1, 2005 Roy Katz 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: I am thinking about adding keypads at our facility’s gate. My concern is the amount ...More
    January 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Retail Sales Add Value
    Having an edge in today’s self-storage environment is paramount. One way to set your facility apart from competition is to offer the retail products and services your marketplace demands. How do you know what your market desires? You must undergo a due-diligence process, ...More
    January 1, 2005 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Matching Service to Your Site
    What is the current fascination with carwashing, a business that isn’t glamorous or high-tech, but is capital intensive and requires a lot of effort to be successful? I think it’s the perception of ease: The industry seems easy to get into, easy to finance, easy to build ...More
    January 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Questions to Ask Your Car-Wash Vendor
    Wouldn’t buying a car wash be so much simpler if the industry were standardized with a code of ethics for all manufacturers and suppliers? The accounting, legal and architectural trades have standards; why shouldn’t the car-wash industry? Is it too much to ask, when you ...More
    December 1, 2004 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • The Importance of Audits
    I recently looked at a self-storage facility that was up for sale with a reputable broker. During conversation, he told me the site should be able to produce more income based on its occupancy and rental rates. I admitted I was not overly impressed with the on-site manager. ...More
    December 1, 2004 Mel Holsinger Posted in Articles
  • Paving the Way
    Buchanan Street Partners, parent company of Buchanan Storage Capital, hosted the Challenge for Children fundraiser on Sept. 10 in Newport Beach, Calif., bringing together 32 real estate industry teams in a multi-sport athletic competition that raised more than $300,000 for ...More
    December 1, 2004 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: I am building my third self-storage site. The first two were built with a bare ...More
    December 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Overcoming Objections From Small Business
    Selling records storage is easy once you understand the two prime objections you’ll get from customers and how to overcome them. This is an important ingredient in the records storage “lite” model designed for self-storage implementation. My last three columns have focused ...More
    December 1, 2004 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles, Finance