If you are a sole trader who currently operates your business from home, you will know only too well how much of a logistical nightmare this can be.
Whether you store your stock in your garage, loft, spare room, or even in your bedroom, as your start-up business grows, a lack of storage space will only become more problematic.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution.
Rent a self-storage unit.
While self-storage facilities used to get a bit of bad press, they have come far in recent years, and there are now options to suit all storage requirements and budgets.
Not sure where to start when it comes to choosing a storage unit for your start-up business?
This guide will tell you what you need to know!
Do you need extra storage space?
The first question you have to ask is do you really need more storage space? If you are just starting up and funds are tight, then this may be one luxury you cannot afford.
However, if you are struggling to provide the level of customer service that you would like due to a lack of space for your stock, then a self-storage unit is your best option.
What do you need to store?
Different storage units are designed for different items, so you need to be clear about what you are planning to store and also to find out what you are permitted to store.
For example, if you work in the trade industry, you might want to store rarely used large tools. Or, if you work in hospitality, it might make sense to store away extra tables and tableware until they are needed.
If you run an e-commerce business from home, any surplus stock can be stored in nearby storage units.
You can also find climate-controlled storage units that can be used to store perishable goods, fine wines, or valuable items that require specific levels of humidity to remain in mint condition.
What size storage unit do you need?
Self-storage units come in a range of sizes, so you don’t want to end up paying for more space than you need. Before you choose a size, make a list of everything that you need to store and their sizes, and then you can ensure you get an accurate quote.
That being said, it is always a good idea to leave a little bit of space for an excess stock or items that you need to store quickly and safely.
What should you look for in a storage facility?
A quick Google search will bring up hundreds of thousands of storage facilities, so how do you know which one to select for your start-up business?
The first factor you need to consider is proximity. Obviously, you will want to select a storage facility that is near to your home or your place of work. While you might be tempted to select a facility that offers drive-up access, these are often less secure than ones that don’t, so make sure you take this into consideration.
Once you have a shortlist of storage facilities in your area, the next aspect to look at is security. Of course, you want the facility you choose to be secure. Look for companies that provide 24-hour CCTV coverage, real-time remote security monitoring, and onsite security guards.