Self Storage Industry Blog

Andrea Hewitt, Former storEDGE Writer

Andrea graduated with a degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She's a content writer for StoreageAhead and enjoys bringing news and tips to self storage owners and managers.

10 Ways to Stay Busy during the Slow Periods at Your Storage Facility

Andrea Hewitt |10 Apr 2014

If you ever find yourself with downtime as a self storage manager, here are 10 ways for you to occupy your time. You could better yourself by reading a business management book or checking Facebook.

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Stuff Hotel Self Storage Expands Solar Panel System

Andrea Hewitt |09 Apr 2014

Stuff Hotel is almost doubling the solar panels at its San Antonio storage facility and installing a new system at its locations in Denton, Pleasanton and Corpus Christi, Texas. Early estimates predict it will save the company 40 to 50 percent in utility costs.

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Should You Do a Rent Exchange at Your Storage Facility?

Andrea Hewitt |03 Apr 2014

Bartering was the first form of currency humans ever used. Although new, innovative ways to pay for goods and services have been introduced, bartering is still a staple of American business practices.

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Is Bitcoin Right for the Self Storage Industry?

Andrea Hewitt |20 Mar 2014

Maybe you heard about bitcoins when they made their debut in 2009. Many companies in the United States and beyond already accept bitcoins as payment for goods and services. But how do you know if you should, too?

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Should You Challenge Your Rival Storage Facility to a Charity Competition?

Andrea Hewitt |13 Mar 2014

Two facilities in Washington just ended a food drive competition. The bet? Whichever manager collects the least amount of food has to add two more bags of food to the collection and wash the other’s car.

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How To Run Your Self Storage Social Media in 30 Minutes a Week

Andrea Hewitt |19 Feb 2014

If you aren’t using social media as a marking tool, you’re missing the boat. Maybe you’re worried that running a social media page properly is going to eat up a lot of your time.

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New Trends Hit Self Storage Lien Laws

Andrea Hewitt |13 Feb 2014

The biggest trend is allowing facility owners and managers to send out lien notices via email. In 2013 alone, 10 states altered the wording of their laws to allow for this new way of delivering legal notices: Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon and Utah.

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How to Throw An Open House at your Storage Facility

Andrea Hewitt |23 Jan 2014

Marketing is a crucial tool to keep your self storage business afloat. There are a plethora of marketing tactics that many businesses utilize including building a website, running social media accounts and creating advertisements. Get ahead of the competition in your area by thinking outside the marketing box and throwing an open house.

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How to Design the Perfect Business Card

Andrea Hewitt |09 Jan 2014

Business cards are a great way to get new renters to your business and fill up those empty storage units. They allow you to really capitalize on word-of-mouth marketing and cost-effective advertising by putting the card in people’s hands.

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6 Steps to Resolve Customer Conflict

Andrea Hewitt |02 Jan 2014

Customer service is the backbone of all thriving businesses. Trying to please every customer is virtually impossible in any industry with no exception to self storage. No matter who is at fault, it’s your job to clean up the situation or you’ll lose a renter and one of your storage units will be sitting empty. You can’t dodge customer conflict your whole career, so here are some tips for dealing with it:

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5 Things to Know Before You Become a Self Storage Owner

Andrea Hewitt |02 Jan 2014

Launching into any market can be hard but becoming an owner can be a very scary venture. If you’re new to owning a self storage facility and need some expert tips, you’re in the right place! Zac Zeune, owner of Kram It Self Storage, has been an owner for three years.

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How to Organize a Toy Drive at Your Self Storage Facility

Andrea Hewitt |06 Dec 2013

With the holidays right around the corner, many self storage facilities are holding toy drives for youngsters in need. Toy drives can be a great way to give back to your community, but also a great PR opportunity for your business.

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