Are you running a small business from your kitchen table? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be able to dedicate an entire room, say a spare bedroom or office, to your business operations? Or perhaps you have the opposite problem and your business has spilled out and taken over your entire house, with paperwork on the sofa, products strewn on the floor and marketing materials lying everywhere. If you’re in any of these categories, it might be time to consider moving to a more professional location, so your house can become your home again. But renting office space is expensive, and you might not want the commitment of months or even years they often demand. So before you make that big investment, maybe you should look at other options instead. For example, a 200-300 square foot storage unit could give you all the space you need for a fraction of the price, and nowhere near as much of a commitment. Today, we wanted to share a few examples with you of the types of businesses who have done exactly that.
Online businesses that are dealing with a lot of products often take up a lot of space. And unless you have a dedicated room in your home for this (which isn’t always convenient), storing your products can be difficult. Not only that, but online businesses also need to keep packaging materials on hand, which aren’t exactly small. A storage unit is the perfect miniature warehouse space for small and medium-sized online businesses to store their stock and carry out day-to-day operations. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling (within legal limits), a small warehouse space means you can save money and gives you a place to set up an order fulfilment centre.
You might be surprised, but we see a variety of tradespeople utilising storage space as their base of operations. No, they don’t fix things inside the units! But instead, they use them as a place to store their tools and materials on a daily basis. This is perfect for bigger, bulkier tools that might only be needed a few times a month, and means they don’t have to leave their valuable tools inside their vans. It’s also a convenient place to keep large supplies of whatever you might need on a daily basis. For example, if you were a carpenter, you might need to store various types of wood, screws, glues and clamps for your work. Storing these things at home can be incredibly awkward and inconvenient and leaving them in vehicles or at work sites can be risky.
The price of renting property on the high street has never been higher, and properties to rent are getting smaller. Now, independent retailers are trying to use every inch of space their shop unit has, which means there isn’t much space left for storing extra stock and supplies. In fact, we are increasingly seeing high street retailers using self-storage space as a way to keep their overflow inventory and maximise shop floor space.
So there you have it – 4 kinds of businesses that can be effectively run from the inside of a storage unit. There are huge advantages to operating out of a self-storage facility – including the fact that many sites will accept deliveries for their customers, so they don’t have to deal with having big boxes delivered to the home and moving them. Our self-storage units are affordable and available in a wide variety of sizes, with rolling contracts that allow you to stop and start your tenancy with minimal notice. To find out more about how you could use self-storage for your business, just get in touch with our team today for advice and a free, no-obligation quote.