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

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

Use of temporary self storage is on the increase

self storage unitsNo matter how hard we try, it seems that at some point in our lives we all have too much stuff and nowhere to store it. Household storage, student belongings, paperwork or business needs mean that the use of temporary self storage is on the increase. We take a look at some of the typical reasons why people are turning to storage solutions outside the home to help solve their problems. Continue reading

We all need a bit of seasonal storage

squirrel seasonal storageWe talked last week about clearing out your wardrobes and swapping the summer clothes for more warmer ones. In doing so it got us thinking about just how often things get put away for long term or seasonal storage. That may be at home, work or even at a self storage facility, but there are definitely things that come in and out of storage with the seasons. And when we say seasonal, it relates to all sorts of things.

When you use the word seasonal storage there’s a tendency to think about summer or winter; hot or cold. If you’re thinking about retailers, in addition to summer etc. you’ll consider Easter and Christmas as seasons. But ‘seasonal’ can be any time of the year depending on your industry. Conference season, exhibition season, fashion show season, panto season, and market season – they don’t all coincide entirely with the meteorological seasons but they are times when things will be coming in and out of storage. Continue reading

Preparing for a car boot sale or seasonal fair

stock storage car boot signYou wouldn’t really tell by the weather, but believe it or not, Spring has sprung and we’re on our way to Summer! Car boot signs have started appearing and seasonal fair adverts and posters are making their way into various publications.

You may be a seasoned booter so already know the ropes or maybe you are organising your first seasonal or antiques fair. Whichever it is, it’s important that you prepare carefully for the big day and it’s vital that you keep your goods safe and damp-free.

Here are our tips to help you get the best from your day. More experienced booters may find it a useful checklist for their first outing in a while. Take into account the following to ensure that the items you are selling are kept in excellent condition until you hand them over and that you get the best returns from your efforts. Continue reading