• Online Payment and Reservation Technology
    There is no question the Internet is becoming a standard medium for Americans to research companies and products, learn about services and conduct business. By the end of 2002, more than 136 million had access to the Internet. It is predicted that by the year 2004, the ...More
    May 1, 2003 Rick McGee and Karen Genualdi Posted in Articles, Finance, Technology
  • The Importance of Computer Backups
    Computers have become a part of doing business on a day-to-day basis. Most business operators input data, draft documents, send e-mails and visit websites regularly. At a self-storage facility, computers are used to input customer data, take payments, send letters, review ...More
    May 1, 2003 Michael Skrentny Posted in Articles, Technology
  • BETCO Inc.
    When partners Sam Sabri and Boyd Whitney formed BETCO Inc., they applied a single philosophy that has ensured the company's success and expansion: responding to customer's needs. Within two decades, the company has evolved into a single-source supplier for self-storage ...More
    May 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Construction
  • The Woes Of Tech Support
    "You get what you pay for." We have all heard this old adage; most of us have even said it a time or two. It rings true doesn't it? It sounds logical. Say it again, "You get what you pay for." Who could argue with that? Well, me, I guess, when it comes to software support ...More
    May 1, 2003 Gordon Quayle Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Taking the Plunge
    Are you among the tens of thousands of storage facilities that have yet to purchase Windows management software? In the early 1990s, software choices were DOS management software or DOS software with a Windows face. Then Bill Gates and Windows became the wave of the future ...More
    May 1, 2003 Doug Carner Posted in Articles, Technology
  • On Awareness and Responsibility
    The seriousness of the national security levels--green (low), blue (guarded), yellow (elevated), orange (high) and red (severe)--have been painfully brought into the consciousness of the nation. Yet I wonder, as I talk with self-storage owners and managers, if we have truly ...More
    May 1, 2003 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Internet and Self-Storage
    It has been stated that the Internet is a solution looking for a problem. And while some companies seem to have found a niche--a problem to solve--on the World Wide Web, many others have tried and failed. What about self-storage? Do we have problems the Internet can solve? ...More
    May 1, 2003 Ramona Taylor Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Designing Your Facility Brochure
    A brochure is a must for any storage facility. Designed correctly, it can be a tremendous marketing tool. Designed poorly, it will accomplish more harm than good. The problem is most brochures out there don't do what they're intended to do. This article will help you to ...More
    May 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck 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 see those security cameras everywhere. Are there any special considerations for ...More
    May 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Software: Choosing a Vendor and Tech-Support Package
    Recent growth in self-storage development has spawned the birth of new software packages. Our industry is perceived as lucrative for the software provider and new vendors appear often. Many soon find out they cannot make the big money and quick gains they anticipated, and ...More
    May 1, 2003 John Fogg Posted in Articles, Technology