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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.

Owners and managers of self storage facilities are very community minded. They hold fundraisers and give the monies to local charities, shelters for the homeless, and centers for abused women and children. They also reach out to victims of natural disasters. San Diego Self Storage (SDSS) is reaching out to those who are affected y the wildfires that are raging in California. SDSS...

Knowing when to invest has to be the hardest part of doing so next to actually raising the capital. Enter a market too early and you risk losing everything if it never develops or having to wait a long time to turn a profit. Enter too late and you risk having to overpay for something and not seeing much of a return for a large investment. The self storage industry is a...

To understand today’s article, you need to understand a little bit of the fundamentals about value investing. One teeny aspect of it is that successful investors don’t follow the herd. They don’t buy the most popular stocks of the day –because they are generally over priced. They are willing to invest in companies that aren’t big names. David Levenfeld and Ian...

Janus International, a maker of steel roll-up doors for the self storage industry, has been looking for another site where they could manufacture their industry famous doors. They were looking at a place in Georgia and also at one in the Midwest. They finally selected a site in Butler, Georgia. They will rent a vacant building in Butler that once was used to manufacture...

Have you ever craved something sweet, thought a couple M&M’s might do the trick so you opened a bag and grabbed a few? If you were at home you could stick the rest of the bag in the fridge; in public your pocket. Sometimes the rest end up going to waste. If only you could get just a few M&M’s…. Someone saw the need for a solution to the desire for a little...

Ground breaking for a new self storage facility in Schertz, Texas, recently took place. Brian Cisarik, Robert Loeb, and Jeff Bailey are the three developers for the project. When completed, the new facility will have 113,000 square feet. It is currently scheduled to open in January 2015. It will be part of the SurePoint Self Storage brand. Cisarik and Loeb have been in...

The Boy Scouts motto is pretty well known—be prepared. It’s pretty hard to argue with it; everyone should try to be prepared. That way whenever a problem arises you’ll be ready to handle it. Should an opportunity arise you’ll be in a position to take advantage of it—much like some in the self storage industry are doing. As an industry, self...

Art Scalise of Upton, Massachusetts, is an entrepreneur. Thirty years ago, he launched his first business, which was an alarm company. Things were going well.  In 1998, he got a call from a company in Sturbridge, which is a city that was about 38 miles away. Would he install an alarm system in a self storage facility? Intrigued, he said yes. He was not familiar at...

A common excuse people use for not voting is the belief that their single vote does not make a difference out of the millions that are going to be cast (for a presidential election at least). Voting advocates are quick to point out that every vote is a single vote; that the power comes from combining individual votes to form a whole. The same can be said for many businesses—self...

Investing in or starting a business is an incredibly tough decision to make. From choosing what you are going to do to laying the groundwork and getting the business of the ground the time commitment is intense to say the least—as is the financial one. So you have to be careful what you choose. Just because the self storage industry has been a good investment does...