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

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

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

Document Storage for Business

racks of document storageSafe and accessible storage of important documents is an essential part of every business and with increasing amounts of red tape and regulations it’s all too easy to be totally focussed on the latest files and documents. However, you never know when the Inland Revenue, customer, client or your own accountant may need some information from old or historical documents. That’s why it’s essential to have some sort of organised, accessible document storage system in place.

If you’re asked to produce a copy of a document from a particular time period you need to know exactly where it is and if you can’t produce a readable copy of that document when an official from the VAT office or Inland Revenue come calling, you may be subject to fines. It could even be old personnel files or HR records that are needed. Whatever record is requested, you as a business are required to provide a readable copy. Continue reading

The solution for your seasonal stock storage needs

seasonal_stock_stroageFor smaller retailer, car booters and market traders the need for flexible storage solutions is essential. For all retailers, each change in season brings with it a challenge in respect of seasonal stock storage needs, but unlike larger retailers who have great warehouses with ample space, smaller traders have to think carefully about the impact of increasing the stock they hold.

For many, experience from previous years will dictate the amount and variety of additional stock orders, but if you’re a start up no matter how much research you do there will be an element of guesswork involved. And once you’ve decided you need more stock, you then have to work out where to store it. Continue reading