How to Run a Business Out of a Storage Unit

Are you using your kitchen table to run your small business from? Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have an entire room to dedicate, like an office or spare bedroom, to operating your business? Or maybe your business has spilled over and has taken over your whole house so that you have the opposite problem, with marketing materials scattered everywhere, products scattered across the floor, and paperwork on the couch. If you find yourself in any of these situations, it may be time for you to think about moving into a location that is more professional, so that your house can once again be your home.

However, it is expensive to rent office space, you may not want to commit to the months or even years that is often demanded. So before making a large investment, you might want to instead look at some other options. For example, a storage unit of 200-300 square feet can give you all of the space that you need for a much lower price, and not as long of a commitment. Today, we will be sharing a couple of examples of some of the types of businesses that have done this.

Online Businesses

Quite often online businesses that sell many products need lots of space. It can be difficult to store products unless you happen to have a spare room in your house to dedicate to it (which tends to not be very convenient). Online businesses also need to store packaging materials, which take up quite a bit of space. A storage unit is the ideal mini warehouse space for medium-sized and small online businesses for storing their stock and carrying out their daily operations. Within legal limits, it really doesn’t matter what you have to sell, having a small warehouse space, like the ones by Blue Box Storage, will allow you to save money and provide you with the space for setting up the order fulfilment centre for your business.

Trades

It may surprise you, but we see various tradespeople using storage space for their operations They don’t repair things inside of the units. Instead, they are used for storing their materials and tools on a regular basis. They are ideal for bulkier, larger tools that may only be used a couple of times per month, and that means their valuable tools don’t have to left inside of their vans. Storage units are also a very convenient place for storing large supplies of anything that you may need every day. For example, carpenters may need to store different clamps, glues, screws, and types of wood for their work. It would be very inconvenient and awkward to store those types of items at home, and it could be risky to leave them at work sites or inside vehicles.

Independent High Street Shops

Property rental prices on the high street are at an all-time high, and the properties that are available for rent are also getting smaller. These days, independent retailers are attempting to use every single inch of their shop units as possible, meaning there isn’t a lot of space left over to store extra supplies and stock. In fact, high street retailers are increasingly using self-storage space to maximise shop floor space and store their overflow inventory.

So there you go – 4 types of businesses that you can run effectively from a storage unit. Operating from a self-storage facility has big advantages to it – including the fact that numerous sites will accept deliveries on behalf of their customers. That means they don’t have to deal with large boxes being delivered to their house and then having to move them.