Need some extra space for your growing business? A storage unit is the perfect solution for getting those piles of paperwork and stock out of your home office or garage.
But, can I run a business out of a storage unit?
We can’t promise you’ll make it as big as Apple. But we can help you find the best storage unit for your business. Here are the key factors to consider before you start comparing your options or visiting storage centres.
How big a storage unit do I need?
Allow us to answer this question with several other questions.
- How much inventory and paperwork do you have?
- Will you need room for a desk and chair to do emails when you swing by?
- Does your stock require shelving?
- Are you going to be practising your cartwheels?
These are the main things that will determine the unit size you’ll need. If you already know the answers to these questions, it’ll be even easier for our team to work out the best unit size for you when you visit your local centre or contact us online.
Handy tip: If your stock fits not-quite-comfortably in your garage, grab your tape measure and jot down the dimensions of the space. If your business is stable, choose a comparative storage unit size. Or go for the next size up if you’re currently growing.
Do I need electricity?
Wait, do storage units have electricity now?
Yes, some of them do.
If your stock includes medicines, cosmetics, or other temperature-sensitive products, you’ll need a storage unit with electricity so you can keep them in a fridge.
Perhaps you need to plug your computer in. Or maybe you just like the funky ambience of your lava lamp – whatever your reason, it’s worth considering whether you need a power outlet in your storage unit.
Don’t forget: If you decide you’ll definitely need power, make sure this is one of the first things you mention when you make an enquiry.
Would I like some help with managing my paperwork?
Will you be able to run your business and run back and forth to collect important paperwork from your storage unit?
If the answer is no, you might like to take advantage of our records management service to:
- Catalogue the contents of your boxes
- Securely store your documents
- Retrieve and deliver documents when needed.
This convenient service will help save you time, plus you’ll feel like you have your very own personal assistant, which you can brag about to your competitive older sibling. Take that, Judy. Who’s the favourite now?
How much does a storage unit cost?
The cost of a storage unit will depend on the size you need and whether or not you require electricity. With affordable and flexible monthly payments, renting a storage unit is a great alternative to leasing a property for your business (or sharing space in one of those creepy warehouses by the river). Contact us for a quote.