Does a growing business mean a need for bigger premises?

growing business laptop tableBusiness is good, products or services are selling and you may even be considering taking on a staff member or two. But at the moment you’re working from your kitchen table at home. So, what do you do? Take on business premises with all those overheads? See if your new staff member is happy to work from your kitchen table too? You need more stock and the paperwork is piling up – where is it all going to go?

Whether you’re a new start up or an existing business with business premises, if you’re a growing business you’ll have to come up with some answers to these questions at some point and there is no right or wrong answer; it will depend on the type of business you have and your business model. You will need to decide which is the best way forward for you. If you’re not sure of the best way to manage your growing business, there’s lots of help out there, both free and paid for. Continue reading

Top home improvements that add value

kitchen home improvementsA good spruce up or some home improvements can give your home a new lease of life, but which ones are likely to add more value? You may not be intending to sell your home right now, but if you’re planning on some home improvements it’s always useful to know just how they’ll impact further down the line.

There are lots of things that might make your home look fresher and even increase saleability, but which ones exactly are going to add those all important £s to your property value?

Here are the top 5 things home improvements that should add value to your property.

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Why self storage providers use shipping containers

self storage shipping containerIf you visit any extensive self storage facility you are likely to see rows or blocks of converted shipping containers. It’s not the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about how and where you can store things. After all, the official description of a shipping container is

‘a segmental, stackable metal container used to carry luggage or goods by overseas or land transport’

so definitely not top of the list. But shipping containers are so versatile it’s not only self storage providers that use them anymore. Cafes, bars, businesses, and even homeowners are finding innovative ways to use shipping containers and here’s why: Continue reading

Tips for success when decorating

decorating_paint_brushesAre you looking around your living room thinking it could do with a lick of paint? Perhaps you’ve got a room that was used as a dumping ground that you now want to use again or are simply bored with your current colour schemes.

Whilst many people wait until the spring time to think about sprucing things up or decorating, for some the dark wet winter evenings are the ideal time to get some sorting out done. After all, once the warmer, dryer weather comes around wouldn’t you rather be enjoying your time outside? Gardening or going for a good walk and watching things around spring back into life seems more inviting than climbing a ladder and painting the ceiling!

If you are one of those people who wants to tackle those decorating projects in the winter evenings here are some tips to help ensure things run smoothly. Continue reading

Finding the right business storage solution

business self storage unitsSelf storage is a cost effective way of providing extra business storage for all sorts of companies. Documents, stock, tools and equipment, furniture and event show stands are just some of the things businesses are storing. The flexibility of increasing or decreasing the space needed combined with no business rates or electricity bills is the reason many existing businesses are moving away from taking on bigger premises as they expand.

The digital world we live in is allowing more and more people to work from home, and start up businesses are realising that there isn’t always a need to take on a long term premises lease if they can find a suitable self storage facility nearby.

However, finding the right facility that works for your business is essential. If you need to move heavy tools and machinery or multiple boxes of stock you don’t want to have to negotiate tight corners and flights of stairs. Continue reading