5 Reasons to Keep a Storage Unit for Your Business

Author: Joseph Carney
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While larger businesses construct warehouses for inventory or simply open another location when space becomes limited, new and small businesses with smaller budgets need to find other creative ways to meet their storage needs. Renting a personal storage unit for your small business is a financially viable alternative to expensive warehouses, allowing you to conduct everyday business operations without all the clutter.

Frees Up Office Space

An obvious benefit to having an off-site storage location is the ability to free up much- needed office space. This is particularly important if your space is relatively small. Apart from the practical value of working in a clutter-free environment, opening up the space also has an aesthetic value. New and potential customers are more likely to work with a business with a clean and organized front office as opposed to one that looks like a hoarder’s paradise.

Keeps Important Documents Secure

One important advantage to using a storage unit for your business is for security. Small businesses in particular are highly prone to break-ins and robberies, so having an off-site and secure location for crucial documents, inventory, customer information, hard drives, and even emergency funds can sometimes be the difference between succeeding as a business and constantly playing catch-up.

Whether you live in Chicago or Scarborough, self storage facilities have a number of security measures in place to protect your important documents:

  • Limited Access: Often, storage facilities are gated, and only accessible through a personalized passcode. Some of the higher-end facilities even have guards or guard-dogs on duty to make sure unwanted visitors stay outside the gates.
  • Security Cameras: In case some potential burglars do make it onto the premises, you can rest assured knowing that your storage unit is likely under 24-hour video surveillance.

Provides Housing for Inventory

As mentioned before, a business storage unit provides a convenient and less expensive alternative to housing your excess inventory. Storage units come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a simple 5’ X 5’unit for small filing cabinets and other office supplies, to a more substantial 10’ X 30’ unit for massive inventory storage.

Another benefit of using a storage facility for inventory is climate control. Antiques, artwork, wine, electronics, and even paper goods or film would all be useless if they were spoiled by extreme temperatures or humidity. If you have documents or products that are sensitive to such conditions, you can set your storage unit to a constant temperature. And since these storage units are completely enclosed, they can protect your goods from mold, dust, rust, pests, and other threats.

Relieves Budget Constraints

While adding a warehouse to your office space is a reliable and permanent way to solve your business’s storage needs, it can incur a lot of costs. If you’re building a warehouse, you have to pay for a contractor; after the warehouse is built, utilities, insurance, staffing, and other overhead costs can quickly pile up against you. Furthermore, if you decide to close business or relocate your office, these costs will continue to accumulate until you can sell it.

As opposed to renting or buying a warehouse, renting a business storage unit is much cheaper to rent, and many of the costs you would encounter with a warehouse are not even an issue. And since you will pay for your storage unit on a monthly basis, you don’t have to worry about long-term leasing contracts, allowing you the flexibility to relocate or discontinue use whenever you want.

Shortens Renovation/Moving Time

Speaking of relocation, renting a storage unit makes the moving process so much easier, especially if your new space is not quite finished yet. Additionally, having an off-site location can also take some of the pain and inconvenience out of trying to maintain business operations during a hectic in-house renovation. In either case, temporarily keeping your office supplies off site can allow movers and renovators to do their job quickly and unimpeded.

Owning and operating a business comes with plenty of constraints—time, space, money, etc. Using a personal storage unit for your business is a great way to relieve some of these burdens, as well as provide you with peace of mind knowing that your supplies and inventory are safe and secure.

About the Author

Joseph Carney enjoys writing on home improvement, business, and health-related topics. He also occasionally writes for Migson Public Storage Inc.

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  1. I think that having a storage unit for your business things is a great idea. It is a cheap way to store inventory for when you don't have enough room at your business. Also, most units are climate controlled so you don't have to worry about your products.

  2. The capacity unit staff is not required to tell you of incidents on the property. They can raise your rates without your assent every time you restore your agreement. In the event that you aren't on an agreement and paying month to month they can raise your rates every month. Likewise with pretty much everything in life, your assent is not required.

  3. Alisha Conway says:

    I feel that having a capacity unit for your business things is an awesome thought. It is a modest approach to store stock for when you don't have enough room at your business. Likewise, most units are atmosphere controlled so you don't need to stress over your items.

  4. In the event that you have a business, you require business protection. It's not a major extend, to include the capacity area as an optional area in your property scope, and run down the qualities. You require property scope at any rate, for your products in travel, and in the event of flame harm, and so forth.

  5. That storage thing is quite great idea for your business. You should include more capacity area.

  6. It’s really recommendable to have a storage unit for the business because very times we have seen, we need some space where we can store our day to day use material and other staff like stationery, snacks. That’s why every businesses must need to have some storage areas in the business office.

  7. Wow, these are the best reasons that one can think of. Especially the reason "Saves moving time" is spot-on! I think of it before moving to another office but so lazy to buy the storage unit!

    Thanks for this, gotta get it soon!

  8. Essay Inc says:

    You should seek a storage unit for your business because it makes it easier for them to generate the best results.

  9. I agree that storage units can do a lot to free up that much-needed office space. It's especially important to consider how a storage unit can help your business accommodate growth and the addition of new employees. It's important that you have the right equipment for new employees when they start working, and a storage unit can hold onto that for you until it's needed. .

  10. Anna Sprant says:

    We dont keep any storage unit uptill now but now it seems very important as I have realised its major impact on business growth hence I am convined enough to opt for it.Cheers.

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  • New and small businesses with smaller budgets need to find ways to meet their storage needs.
  • New and potential customers are more likely to work with a business with a clean and organized front office as opposed to one that looks like a hoarder’s paradise.
  • Storage units are completely enclosed, they can protect your goods from mold, dust, rust, pests, and other threats.
  • Purchasing a month-to-month contract allows you the flexibility to relocate or discontinue use whenever you want.