Business 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 →
Self 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 →
When the New Year arrives many people make resolutions for all sorts of things; diet, exercise stopping smoking or drinking and clearing out / de-cluttering are a few of the most common ones. But for a resolution or goal to be achieved, it has to be realistic. Many small goals are much better than one huge target which will take forever to achieve.
So, when it comes to clearing the clutter, resolving to empty the loft, garage and cupboards of everything you no longer need in one go is not the ideal way to do it – well not at this time of year anyway. For most people weekends and evenings are the time when this work will be done and it’s not really an inviting thought. It’s cold, dark and wet. Are you really going to spend a whole weekend or every evening when you get home from work in the freezing cold garage or loft? I think we all know that unless you desperately need the space for something immediate, the answer is no. So do it a little at a time, and at this time of year, it starts indoors. Set yourself a goal to do a cupboard or a room at a time. That way, you’ll have everything in the main living areas sorted before you start heading up to the loft or garage. You might even create enough space to start gradually bringing things down from the loft to sort through. Continue reading →
Safe 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 →
You’ve decided that you need some sort of business storage but perhaps you’re not sure how to organise the items that will be stored. This simple guide will give you a few helpful ideas, enabling you to maximise space, keep your goods in excellent condition and make it easy to find what you need when the time comes.
You may wish to use archive boxes to keep your goods in. If so, keep heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Don’t overfill your boxes or it will be difficult to transport and shift your boxes around. Label them carefully and keep an inventory so you know where everything is and leave a walkway if you are using a large storage unit so you can easily access boxes at the back as well as those nearer the front. Boxes can be stacked on the floor or kept in racks to free up space and make it easier to find what you are looking for. Continue reading →