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Attorney Mark Saxon: How to avoid legal problems in hiring and firing

Attorney Mark Saxon: How to avoid legal problems in hiring and firing

Deb Hipp October 10, 2014 0

When it comes to hiring and firing, the laws for self-storage operators don’t differ from those for retail or other industries. The Storage Facilitator talked with attorney Mark Saxon about employment issues that can

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Can a K-9 unit improve security at your storage facility?

Can a K-9 unit improve security at your storage facility?

Deb Hipp August 25, 2014 0

It seems there’s never a shortage of news stories about drug busts at self-storage facilities. Frequently, the “officer” who sniffed out the evidence was a K-9 dog, a highly trained asset for law enforcement

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How to prevent lying, cheating and stealing among your facility’s employees

How to prevent lying, cheating and stealing among your facility’s employees

Deb Hipp June 9, 2014 3

What’s your worst employee nightmare? Maybe it’s a manager who robs customers’ storage units. It could be a worker who steals from your business or downloads porn on the company computer. What about a

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7 tips for offering storage discounts and specials

7 tips for offering storage discounts and specials

Deb Hipp May 13, 2014 0

Everyone loves a bargain, and that includes self-storage customers. Whether you’re offering free rent, a truck for a day or a crew to help unload, new tenants always are scoping out the storage landscape

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7 tips for borrowing money from family and friends

7 tips for borrowing money from family and friends

Deb Hipp May 7, 2014 0

Thinking about asking Grandma for a loan to expand your storage facility? If you are, you wouldn’t be the first entrepreneur to reach out to a relative for money. Seventeen percent of small business

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5 signs that your facility’s rental rates are too low

5 signs that your facility’s rental rates are too low

Deb Hipp May 6, 2014 0

Are you afraid your facility will see a mass exodus of tenants if you raise your rental rates? If so, you’re not alone. Most self-storage businesses take a “fear-based approach” when it comes to

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7 ways to thwart terrorist activity at your facility

7 ways to thwart terrorist activity at your facility

Deb Hipp May 1, 2014 0

In 2011, FBI agents arrested Rezwan Ferdaus, a Northeastern University graduate with a degree in physics, at his storage unit in Framingham, MA. What they found inside was alarming: 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, three

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How will your storage facility cope with a break-in?

How will your storage facility cope with a break-in?

Deb Hipp March 18, 2014 1

Max Vallotton thought he’d done everything right to keep criminals away from Gate 5 Self Storage, the storage facility he owns in Hephzibah, GA. Gate 5 has a fence, security cameras and a locked

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How to analyze demand for a self-storage facility

How to analyze demand for a self-storage facility

Deb Hipp March 7, 2014 0

Thinking about opening a new self-storage facility or expanding the one you have? The days of “build it, and they will come” are over, according to Chris Sonne, executive managing director of the Self

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