Launching into a new business of any kind can be very challenging. You have to figure out your market, learn how to attract clients, how to hire people and grow the business to where it is large enough for you to live off of and have a profit. These problems are the same when you attempt to start your own self-storage business or even if you already have the business up and running but need to learn how to scale it up and start building a storage facility from the ground up. There are going to be several questions that you need to be answered in order to be successful, below are just a few of the things you need to know in order to start a self-storage business and building a storage facility that is efficient and successful at the same time.
1) Make sure you know everything about the contractor
Before you even think about building a storage facility the very first thing you need to do is get a professional contractor to do the job for you. The best way to do this is by getting a handful of recommendations from fellow business owners who have used contractors to build their business and were pleased with the result. From this list, do an interview of sorts with each contractor and find the contractor who you feel most comfortable with, can communicate easily with and can draw up a sketch that will show you how your vision is going to become a reality. It is important to remember that even if you like someone it is vital to check that contractors background: find out how many years of experience he has in building professional facilities and get his license and insurance confirmation which will ensure you that he has undergone professional training and knows precisely what needs to be done to build your facility the right way.
2.) Pick out a durable fence and a gate
When you have a self-storage facility it is important to keep in mind the fact that people are storing much of their lives and their treasured belongings on your property and trusting you to have a secure facility where nothing will happen to their stuff. Instead of going for an ornamental fence to go around your property, pick one that is made out of steel which will look attractive and enhance the look of the property but brings your standards of security up a notch.
It is also important to have a gate that controls how many people can go in and out at one time. It is most recommended that instead of having one fence for entering the facility and one for exiting, you have a singular gate where people go in and out. This controls the flow of traffic and adds to the security of your site.
3.) Spend the money on climate-controlled units
As mentioned before, people are storing their valuables that they have collected over time in your storage unit. People want to make sure that when they store their stuff in your place, it will not only be kept safe from outside factors, but it will also be kept safe from the natural elements, and they will pay to make sure that happens. Investing in more climate-controlled units will draw more people in and be a great financial move in the long run.
4.) Check the surrounding competition
Before choosing a place to start your facility, you want to make sure that you pick a place that has little to no competition and that it will remain that way. The last thing you want is to build a facility and turn around to see that someone else opened another facility right beside you and has the advantage in pricing. You have to make sure that you build in a place where competition cannot open up next door and put you out of business in no time.
5.) Go to trade shows and learn from others
The most important thing to do whether you are starting a self-storage facility from the ground up or expanding your already growing facility is to get advice from people more successful than you. Go to trade shows, go to other facilities and gain insights from other owners who can tell you what it takes to be successful. The more you learn, the more chance you have of success.