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05/02/2013

Every Decision You Make Can Impact Your Self-Storage Business

Every decision made by self-storage managers and owners can either help or hurt their business. Guest blogger Joel Little says it is critical all employees understand the importance of the role they play in the success of a self-storage operation. The keys to success are minimizing mistakes, learning from them when they occur and making sound decisions.
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04/25/2013

Self-Storage Operators Are Not Government Watchdogs: The Dangerous Precedents of the Safeguard Lawsuit

The lawsuit between NYC and Safeguard Properties may have been settled, but the conditions of the settlement could spell trouble for self-storage operators.
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04/18/2013

Do You Feel Safe at Your Self-Storage Facility?

Most self-storage operators consider their facilities a safe environment for themselves and tenants. Yet, an angry customer who spirals out of control, a criminal using a facility to store illegal items, or any number of other scenarios can lead an operator to feel unsafe at his job, or home if he lives on site. While there is no surefire way to insolate yourself from the baddies of the world, there are steps you can take to be safer.
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04/05/2013

Solving the Mystery of Self-Storage Market Demographics

How much do you know about your current self-storage tenants? Do you know your percentage of female customers, how payment habits correlate to length of stay, or the real worth of your small-unit tenants? Guest blogger Jim Chiswell says there are countless data points of demographic information that operates should put under a magnifying glass to learn about their internal trends.
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03/21/2013

Perks vs. Paychecks: What Incentives Does Your Self-Storage Company Offer to Retain the Best Managers?

When it comes to compensating staff, self-storage operators need to consider not just the paycheck, but also any perks they could provide. Here are some ideas on how to balance these two elements and retain the best managers.
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03/07/2013

Deflecting Self-Storage Distractions with Time-Management Tools

Guest blogger Matthew Van Horn knows how chaotic any five-minute span can be for any self-storage manager, owner or investor. In a quest to find a solution to his own project- and time-management challenges, he recently tested two software applications to help keep him focused, organized and unaffected by anyone waving something shiny.
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03/01/2013

Self-Storage Veteran Pays It Forward with Science Camps of America

In his 30-year self-storage career, guest blogger Michael Richards wore numerous hats and performed countless tasks, growing from assistant manager to entrepreneur. Crediting his success to the storage veterans who mentored him, Richards is now paying it forward by launching Science Camps of America, a nonprofit organization designed to help teens.
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