A storage unit might be one of the best “tools” to help your business grow and help you manage that growth in a sustainable way. You might be wondering, however, “Aren’t storage units just for homeowners with too much clutter?” Well, no, not really. If you’re running a business and don’t want to spend thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on an office space to fit numerous files and other business material, then a storage unit truly is the holy grail.
Take a look below at our list of ways a storage unit can help your business!
Provide a Secure Space
You’ll find that almost all self-storage centers feature 24/7 surveillance, and they’re also heavily secured by multiple locks and the passes required to enter the facility. This means you’ll have peace of mind that, although your materials aren’t directly stored in the office, they’re still in a place that’s going to keep them safe until you need them.
You also won’t need to pay extra for the secure service either so you can rest assured that all of your things are kept safe as part of a standard service.
Free Up Space in the Office
This is a great help for all businesses. If you’re in retail, letting all of your stock build up makes movement around the store’s back room slower and generally leaves everyone being unproductive, according to an article on HBR. This is also true in the office. If you end up with countless storage containers and filing cabinets for documents you might not use for months or years, don’t leave them in the office to clutter it up and make everything feel cramped and uncomfortable.
Almost all self-storage units come in a range of sizes, so no matter what you’re looking to move, you can almost be certain you’ll find one that suits the needs of your business.
Self-storage in All Sizes
Whether you’re looking to store just a few small items like a cabinet or two, or an entire office suite of old furniture, you can rest assured you’ll be able to find a storage unit to suit your business’s needs. When you first start to search for a unit, be sure to think about the future and what you might be storing in there in the coming months. Don’t get a unit too small, or you’ll have to upgrade, so choose just the right size, which is suggested in the SpareFoot Blog.
That said, you can also downgrade or upgrade to your heart’s content with a self-storage facility, and that means you’re not stuck with just one sized space forever.
Online Space Sharing
If you’ve looked around your area for a self-storage unit and either couldn’t find one in an optimal location or don’t like their pricing structure, there is another option: Online space-sharing communities. Companies like Spacer connect homeowners and businesses who want to share their free space to allow you to store your materials with them so they don’t clutter your workplace.
Not only are these services simplifying the entire experience, but they make the entire storage process so much more affordable and flexible. You can find a space almost anywhere in a city.
A Unit Is Open 365 Days
Almost all storage unit providers will allow you to come in year-round, and some might even be open 24 hours a day. This makes operating entirely on your time easier than ever. If you need to rush down to the unit to get something or move something away on a public holiday, you can easily do that without being locked out.
Don’t Pay for a Bigger Office!
One of the worst business decisions you can make is to upgrade the entire office space simply because you have too much clutter. If you’re paying thousands a month or year simply so you have more storage space for filing cabinets or unsold merchandise, then you’re throwing away potential profits.
A storage unit is so much cheaper than extra floor space, and you’ll be seeing a jump in productivity in the less-cluttered space. It’s a win-win.
So what are you waiting for? Go visit one of your local storage unit facilities and see if there are spaces available near you for your storage needs.
Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.