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08/04/2016

Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls at Your Self-Storage Facility

Obstructed walkways. Water runoff. Uneven surfaces. What do these have in common? Each is a potential hazard for self-storage customers, staff and guests. Learn how you can prevent slips, trips, and falls.   ...
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07/07/2016

Throw Away Your Self-Storage Rate Card by Negotiating Your Prices

Self-storage managers are often trained to sell units off of fixed prices, but guest blogger Scott Simon of A1 U Store It in St. Louis argues managers should throw away their rate cards and negotiate higher prices with customers. Simon offers tips on how starting at a higher price can make tenants believe they’re getting a bargain, while increasing revenue for the business.
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06/23/2016

Automatic Billing: A Self-Storage Manager’s Friend

Getting your self-storage tenants to sign up for automatic billing is easier than you think. The author shows how a simple change in your approach will have your tenants handing over their credit cards.
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06/02/2016

3 Key Qualities to Consider When Hiring Self-Storage Contractors

While self-storage construction generally isn’t complicated, finding a contractor experienced in the sector can be extremely important when developing a project. Guest blogger Jano Montoya of P.B. Brown LLC offers three key qualities to consider when selecting a contractor for pre-construction services.
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04/28/2016

5 Steps to Better Performance Reviews for Self-Storage Staff

Self-storage employees who have a clear and written account of their performance have a genuine opportunity to correct their behavior and succeed in your organization. Here are five steps to writing and delivering this documentation.   ...
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04/07/2016

Master These 3 Business Areas to Ensure Long-Term Self-Storage Success

Every U.S. business startup has a 50 percent chance of survival in the first five years, including self-storage. Guest blogger Mark Helm, a commercial real estate agent and self-storage investor, says the key to ensuring long-term success is creating strategic and efficient systems in operations, sales and finance.
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03/24/2016

Providing Online Resources for Your Self-Storage Customers

Competing with large self-storage companies when you’re a small fish means you have to ensure your online presence is in check. Providing customers with all the resources they may need during their time with your facility will certify your validity as a provider. Learn where to put these resources, what they should be and how to gather them.
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