Setting up your own business is a daunting task, and transitioning from casual employee to business owner is a very big step. Change from one to the other is often necessary as a business grows to the point where it needs more space, but sometimes this dramatic step is too expensive for a fledgling business with instability in its finances. Luckily, there is middle ground! you can run your business from a storage unit. In fact, self-storage units come in whatever size you need, you are not subject to business rates/taxes (the storage company pays, at lower "warehouse" rates), and the rent is a fraction of the cost of renting a shop front. A Storage unit from Storage Corner is a great place to start an ecommerce business. Here we share 4 great examples for you to get inspired! 1. Collectables (Comics, Books or others) Collectables are a very broad field indeed, with almost anything being appealing to a collector. Many people hold on to items that will be worth more in the future, hoping to sell them at a later date. A collection can, however, quickly become bulky and a space hog. The security of a storage unit, as well as the controlled conditions, will benefit comic book collections, coins, memorabilia or anything else that can benefit from fluctuating prices over time. No matter if they are household items or collectables that are worth a lot of money, storage units are usually dry, well ventilated, and have ideal conditions for preserving products in good shape. 2. Crafts or jewelry In today's world of cheap, mass-market goods, homemade items are on the rise: unique items, made by hand and with ingenuity. Craft items have become more accessible and trendy thanks to websites such as Etsy. If you are a handy knitter, jeweler, woodcarver or similar, you can make your items at home and store them in a storage unit until ready to sell. For ...
June 16th, 2022
An organized warehouse can take your business to the next level. When you know where to find your products, you can complete orders faster and more accurately, therefore you'll be able to please your customers in the process. However, stock organization is not always easy. You need a system that you can stick to. We will introduce you to five steps you can easily follow to quickly organize your warehouse. Map Your Inventory 🗺 Every warehouse should have a document to explain which inventory is stored where. We recommend that you keep this information electronically, because the paper copy of the layout can easily be lost. Also, by using an automated system, the inventory can be tracked from the moment the inventory is received, through every step of the storage system, until it is guided out the shipping door. Stack Smart 🪜📐 Generally, most warehouses stack their products vertically. This saves space and also helps you maintain a better organization, because you can read all the labels at once without having to walk down the horizontally stacked material lines. You may find that you need to make exceptions to this rule sometimes, due to the way items are packaged. However, try to keep the rest of the stack vertical. Label Your Boxes ✍🏻💬 Label each box on one side with the SKU number and a description of the content of the box. Be as detailed as possible with the contents. Warehouses may find it helpful to place an image of what’s inside the box on the outside. Warehouses often find it helpful to place images of what’s inside a box on the outside. Employees will spend less time looking for a specific product if they see the image instead of having to read the description of every box. Leave Some Aisle Space 🤸🏻♀️ Yes, you probably want to squeeze as much inventory as possible into the warehouse, but remember to leave some room to move your products if necessary. Plus, you will definitely need aisle space for you or ...
September 30th, 2021
If you run a business, the last thing you want to do is worry about the lack of space in the office, workshop or display area. The messy or cluttered appearance of these rooms will not leave a good impression on your customers. Space management problems can be easily solved by renting a self-service storage unit. It can be a cost-effective solution too, especially if you: - Downsize, remodel, or renovate your business. - Relocate to a new area. - Store seasonal items such as tents, outdoor stalls or patio furniture. - Store excess inventory, documents, or office supplies. Here are some tips for business storage that’ll keep your office space clean and collaborative: Choose the correct unit size 📏 Before deciding on a specific unit, be sure to keep your storage needs in mind. Whether you have too much office furniture or your file cabinet is full of paperwork, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing a unit: How much do you need to store? What are you going to store? Knowing the quantity or size of the items you plan to store can help determine the size unit you need. Store with a facility that has good security 🚨 Security should be a top priority when you’re looking for a storage facility to help with your business storage needs. Storing your office supplies in a self-storage unit can give you the tranquility you need, as they can often be safer than if they were stored at your office; whether that’s in your home or in an office building. Look for a storage facility that has cameras and coded gate entry. Consider climate control of sensitive items 🥵 For computer equipment, sensitive documents, pharmaceutical samples, furniture or anything that may be affected by vermin, extreme heat, cold, or humidity, storage units with climate control functions should be seriously considered. That way you will ensure that your items stay in their best shape for as long as needed. Place your boxes strategically 📦 Make sure you can easily access ...
August 11th, 2021