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The Inside Self-Storage World Expo Helps Self-Storage Operators Get on Track for 2011

By Amy Campbell Comments

Over the past couple of days I’ve been working on my columnist schedule for 2011. Magazines work several months ahead so I’m already thinking about the wonderful topics and writers we’ll present to you next year.

While you’re likely not thinking about 2011, it may be time you do. Yes, the new year is still months away, but it’s never too soon to begin making plans. Take a look around your facility. Are there some renovations or upgrades you should definitely make next year. With many facilities facing falling occupancies this year, renovations took a back seat for most cash-strapped operators. However, your curb appeal, doors, lighting, security and even office really do make a difference in attracting new tenants and retaining your current ones. So if you’ve let some things slip, now’s the time to make a schedule for these items.

How about your day-to-day operations? Does your management software need an upgrade? Need a better system for lien sales or late notices? Are your employees getting the training they need? Have you considered adding a new service or product? Does your retail store need a new look? These are just some of the many things you should thinking about as we approach the new year.

While changes cannot be made overnight, you should start thinking ahead. The best place to get the education you need and learn more about new products and services is the upcoming Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The show’s theme is all about getting your business back on track. Renovate. Restore. Rebuild. While it’s not simple, it is necessary if you hope to be successful next year. Start thinking about 2011 now. Begin by joining us in New Orleans for the ISS Expo. You can view the agenda and register here.


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