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  • In the Driver’s Seat
    Much to the surprise of my family, I recently agreed to take a vacation in Florida. I’ll admit it was a very special occasion: our granddaughter’s third birthday. Four days with Mickey Mouse, and I was not missing the telephone as much as I thought I would. Typically, when ...More
    October 1, 2003 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • The Two-Minute Presentation
    One of the most common mistakes a self-storage operator makes is to keep spending money on Yellow Pages or other advertising in an attempt to boost profits. In many cases, it can decrease profits because the added expense ends up being more than the additional revenue it ...More
    October 1, 2003 Brad North Posted in Articles
  • Working With Property Management
    If you are a self-storage owner who has just purchased a facility but have no industry experience, you may find the tasks involved with starting a new business a bit overwhelming. Management companies are available to assist and guide you through the beginning stages and ...More
    October 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • A Crushing Advantage
    With market saturation and overbuilding a continuing problem, self-storage owners and developers are looking for ways to stay competitive. Marketing has become more valuable than ever. And traditional marketing avenues—mailers, Yellow Pages and billboards—are commonplace. ...More
    October 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Selling Vehicles at Lien Sale
    One of the most difficult issues for a selfstorage facility to handle is the disposal and sale of a vehicle when a tenant is in default. Storage of a car, boat, RV or other vehicle—especially outdoor storage—can be a lucrative part of a storage business, but when a tenant ...More
    October 1, 2003 Jeffrey Greenberger 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 Q. What kind of lighting control would you suggest that would be energy efficient? —Josh ...More
    October 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Ross Construction
    When Stuart Ross, founder of Ross Construction, died suddenly in September 2001, his daughters, Victoria and Penelope, did not hesitate to pick up the reins of the family business. At the time of her father’s death, Victoria was working as an event manager for ...More
    October 1, 2003 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • The Need for Speed
    James Bartnick and Robert Lesko never imagined their love of motorcycle racing would spill over into their professional lives as project managers for Mako Steel Inc., an Encinitas, Calif.-based supplier and designer of steel buildings for the self-storage industry. But ...More
    October 1, 2003 Amy Campbell Posted in Articles
  • Hiring the Right Manager
    The single most important marketing tool you have in the storage business is your manager. The problem is, frequently, the wrong people are selected for this job. Understand the concepts in this article, and you’ll make better choices and end up with the right person behind ...More
    October 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • Security in Vehicle Storage
    With the continuing popularity of recreational travel and boating, stringent CC&Rs that don’t allow parking of recreational vehicles within their neighborhoods, and stricter city ordinances, boat and RV storage is becoming more of a necessity then ever before. More and ...More
    October 1, 2003 Karen Genualdi and Courtney Doerfler Posted in Articles