By Molly Hammond, USstoragesearch.com
Many people think of self storage as something that’s purely helpful to homeowners—those who need the extra space for outgrown clothes, troves of holiday decorations, or a safe place to keep things during a move. While all of these are common uses for a storage unit, some of the most frequent tenants at storage facilities aren’t looking to store personal effects—they’re using self storage for their business.
Whether your business is a startup or a thriving operation, you can always use some extra space. Office spaces aren’t cheap, so you certainly don’t want any of that precious real estate claimed by items you don’t need on hand. Whether you find yourself in a period of rapid personnel growth (and an accompanying need for more desk space) or just awash in all of the stuff that comes from running a business, self storage can give you more room to breathe.
Taking the Fuss Out of Filing
Particularly for industries that require record-keeping, such as real estate or health care, the sheer amount of physical documents in your workplace can become overwhelming in a hurry. Fortunately, storing files in a self storage facility has never been easier.
Many facilities offer dedicated file storage, which means that they’ll take the files you bring in, get them organized, then store and catalog everything. Since they’ll know exactly where your documents are located within their facility, all you’ll have to do is a request a file or box of files to be brought to the front desk.
If the facilities near you don’t specialize in file storage, or you’re interested in storing more than paper, a traditional storage unit can work just as well. Moving file cabinets from the office to a storage unit not only frees up a lot of space at work, but it will help you maximize storage space inside your unit. It may help to get a climate-controlled storage unit for file storage, too. Climate control keeps units at moderate temperature and humidity levels, which protects files from getting damaged.
Since storage facilities interact with so many different entrepreneurs and members of the community, they can quickly become the place to network. Whether it’s advertising your services on the bulletin board at your storage facility or finding a facility that holds official networking events, business tenants can make beneficial connections through storage.
Facilities that focus on business networking are likely to tell you about it upfront, but it never hurts to ask if the facility you’re considering hosts any events that might garner your business some extra visibility.
Give Your Business a Boost
While it’s relatively new in the storage industry, some facilities offer units that are equipped with lighting and electrical outlets. If a facility near you offers units like these, the opportunities for business tenants really open up. For startups or small businesses, these units can serve as an actual office—provided the facility operator is open to letting tenants work from their units.
The leases at most storage facilities are month to month, which offers more flexibility to small business owners than traditional corporate spaces, and the facility can accommodate you with larger units as your business grows. Monthly leases mean you can use a unit as your headquarters for as little or as long you like before making the move to a standard office space (In the unfortunate case that your business doesn’t become viable, you won’t find yourself locked in a long-term lease that requires you to pay rent on a space you no longer need).
Whether you’re looking for a place to let your business grow or just a way to make corporate clutter more manageable, a self storage unit could be just what your business needs.