Storage Unit Benefits for Small Businesses

Published on 8/20/2018

Self-storage units can offer many benefits for small businesses. If you're running a business out of your home, you may have to sacrifice an extra room or even your kitchen table in order to sustain your business operations. And once your business starts to grow, you'll see paperwork, inventory, marketing materials and more all start to pile up. When this happens, storage units are an affordable option to consider.

Sample businesses that can use storage units:

Fulfillment: Do you sell items on eBay or Etsy? Keep all your inventory and shipping materials in a storage unit. You can easily fulfill and package orders all in one place.
Vintage Furniture: Most furniture is large or bulky and can quickly fill up space in your home or garage. If you're in the business of buying and selling furniture, a storage unit provides a secure, climate-controlled place for you to keep items.
Arts & Crafts: Are you a scrapbooker? Do you make and sell crafts at local festivals? Storage units are an ideal place to house all your materials, festival equipment or finished products.
Photographer/Videographer: If you shoot photography or videography, your equipment alone could probably fill up a storage unit. Or, maybe you need to set up a studio in the unit to capture portraits or product photos.

What to look for in a storage facility:

Unit Size: Most facilities offer several different size storage units. Speak with the sales rep to find the unit size that will best fit your needs.
Climate-Control: If you're storing items like electronics, furniture, antiques, art, musical instruments or important documents or equipment, you will benefit from a climate-controlled facility.
Security: Make sure the facility you choose is safe and secure. Most facilities will offer video surveillance or an access control system that requires a personal code for entrance.
Ease of use: You want your experience to be as pleasant as possible. Look for a storage facility that offers extended hour access, drive-up access, and carts for transporting items to your unit.