Sole Trader-Storing your tools

Storing-your-tools

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

A tradesman needs secure storage

tradesman toolsAre you a tradesman with an ever expanding array of tools? Modern developments mean a wider range of equipment is needed; one simple bag of basic tools just doesn’t cover things anymore.

Whether you’re a plumber, carpenter, electrician or gardener, your tools are your livelihood and need to be kept safe and secure when you’re not using them. The shed or garage may seem like a good easy solution allowing you to pop home and pick up or drop off whatever you need or don’t need for your jobs, or you can just load your van up for the day and take everything with you each time. But that means every time you’re on a job, your van is left unattended with all your equipment inside, or there’s equipment sitting at home. Whilst we’d like to think we all live in safe neighbourhoods, the reality is, you just don’t know who is around when you’re not and theft of vehicles for what is inside them is an increasing problem. Continue reading