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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

Real life influences novels, poetry, video games, movies, and TV shows. Sometimes, there is an unusual twist in life and these things influence real life. For instance, take reality TV shows about the self storage industry. “Auction Hunters” and “Storage Wars” are two reality shows based on self storage auctions that are wildly popular. “Auction...

Fire. Nobody likes a fire. Especially a business owner. Chain Lake Storage in Monroe, Washington, knows because a fire broke out at their storage facility last November and caused extensive damage to their facility. The fire broke out in the early morning hours on November 20th.  It was a difficult fire to fight because of where it was located. The storage units are...

If someone asked you to name some of the top ways you could connect with customers and potential customers online, you would probably mention Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and possibly Instagram, I seriously doubt that you would include web forms. Web forms are old, old, old. They’ve been around since the dawn of the Internet. But, just because they have...

Trying something new can be fun. Sometimes you never know how much you may enjoy something until you give it a try, and the good thing is if you don’t like it than you just don’t do it again. However, as nice as the idea sounds it doesn’t work for everything.  If you ‘try’ something and fail in business it can cost a fortune. As popular...

There are some things that are meant to go together and there are some things that are not. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, steak and potatoes, Bert and Ernie, movies and popcorn—all clearly belong together. What about self storage and soccer? In the UK the answer would be a resounding yes! In the United States the game of soccer is still growing, but as far as...

Remember the zany comedienne Phyllis Diller? Long skinny nose and rather homely? Homely that is until she underwent 15 facelifts and different procedures to change her looks. At the time, actors and actresses were very hush hush about having a face lift. But not Phyllis. Many of the jokes in her comedy routine focused first around her looks and then her plastic surgeries....

Every business—self storage or otherwise– has to start somewhere; usually at the bottom. Once someone becomes the first than others typically follow suit effectively laying the groundwork for serious expansion. When said groundwork is laid the next step is proving the ability to step up to the next level is there. How better to do that than to host a trade...

Networking. Sharing ideas. Getting answers to burning questions or problems. Learning how to be a better business owner. Meeting new people. These are all part of attending a conference or a business workshop. These professional development opportunities can also inject a renewed excitement and enthusiasm for employees. Those who know this, go to the conferences. The Illinois...

Children around the country are busily enjoying their summer vacation. They are swimming, camping, hiking, going to movies, playing, and generally enjoying the fact that they are out of school for the summer. But, going back to school is right around the corner. It will be here almost as quick as an ice cream cone melts on a hot day. Today, Personal Mini Storage Management...

After babies are born, their growth rate is slow and steady. The human body does not completely reach its full height until about 25 years of age. The growth rate for some self storage businesses is very similar – regular and stable and not a quick flash without a solid foundation. Stor-All self storage is one such business that has controlled, steady growth over...