Dos and Don’ts of Business Storage

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Many business owners would agree that business storage is rather limited as not everyone has sufficient space to store extra equipment, tools or products. Renting bigger premises or a warehouse could prove costly and a better solution would be renting a business storage unit.

If you are starting a new business, finding the right location is one of the most important factors. Same applies to your business storage needs as you strive to minimise cost and maximise profitability. It all starts with choosing the right storage solutions for your type of business.

What if you have an existing business and are in the process of expanding? What if you hired more staff, have a bigger fleet of vehicles or more products in your portfolio? Space can become a major issue for effective business storage but there is something you can do.

We take a quick look at how businesses use self storage and what to avoid or check before signing any contract. While business storage is an incredibly convenient, versatile and affordable option, there are still rules you need to adhere to.

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Sole Trader-Storing your tools

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Storing your tools the right way

If you’re a sole trader like a carpenter, electrician or plumber, you don’t have to spend a fortune on business premises which will mostly be used for storing your tools.

So before you decide on making a big investment in a business property, consider a self-storage unit. Storage units come in various sizes and a 120 or 200 square foot unit will cost considerably less than a business property and still offers all the space you need. Continue reading

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

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

Using self storage for business

self storage for business unitsThere are increasing numbers of stories about using self storage for business; how it can save you money or how entrepreneurs are operating from self storage units. But beware, there’s a clear distinction to be made between operating or running your business from a self storage unit and using self storage to help run your business.

One is perfectly alright and the other can get you into deep water and could even result in legal action if the facility is not set up for it.

So what is the difference?

Most self storage facilities in the UK are set up for storing things. Continue reading