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  • 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 Q: Are there any advantages to being an owner-builder? What are some pitfalls to avoid? ...More
    April 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • 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
  • 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
  • Security: Protecting Self-Storage Around the World
    In the past, the storage industry may not have been viewed as glamorous or worthy of attention, but that perspective is quickly changing. Some of the world’s richest investors are seriously looking at the business. With legendary hedge-fund guru George Soros already ...More
    April 1, 2003 Brian Bevis Posted in Articles
  • Selling More Than Space
    Self-storage has evolved over the years. Not only does it offer space for personal or business storage, it has become a retail center that sells boxes, locks and packing supplies. Some stores even offer personal mailboxes, faxing services, car washes, rental trucks and even ...More
    April 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Land Grab--Legal, But Not Ethical
    Recently, the city council of Aurora, Colo., passed a zoning-amortization ordinance to the detriment of several small businesses. Normally, amortization ordinances are used to revitalize a blighted area by ridding it of undesirable businesses such as adult bookstores or ...More
    April 1, 2003 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Mining Your Centers of Influence
    All of your marketing decisions need to be looked at in relation to their return on marketing dollars (ROMD). Your goal is to get the greatest number of renters while spending the least amount you possibly can on marketing. After repeat and referral customers, those who ...More
    April 1, 2003 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles