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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 0

Max Valloton 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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9 tips from the pros for conducting storage auctions

9 tips from the pros for conducting storage auctions

Deb Hipp February 20, 2014 3

Every self-storage operator dreads auction day. Auctions take time you’d rather spend renting units and, when it’s over, you’ll probably get yelled at by someone whose stuff got sold. “There is no facility that

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What to do if your storage facility gets sued

What to do if your storage facility gets sued

Deb Hipp February 19, 2014 0

You’ve been lucky so far. A past-due tenant threatened to sue you for auctioning off his stuff but took it no further. A woman slipped and fell on your icy sidewalk and just laughed

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