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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.

Next to making money there is one other thing that most businesses like to do and that is make the world a better place to live. On the surface it may seem that the self storage industry might not do that since it encourages people to continue buy, buy, buy and just rent space when their own homes become too small to hold all their stuff. However, if you take a different...

Ken Morrison is the new president of Strategic Storage Property Management, LLC. He stepped into this role November 28, 2011. He will work out of the corporate headquarters in Ladera Ranch, California. “Ken’s proven track record of increasing revenue and controlling expenses through hiring, training and retaining strong, cohesive teams will help solidify our...

Getting started in business can be difficult. The challenges involved in getting it up and running, not to mention the act of day-to-day operations, can be daunting to handle. Throw in the arduous but vital task of advertising and it can be too much to handle! Although there is no substitute for actual advertising, it can be helpful if you can get some for free. One of...

The self storage industry is primarily based in the United States. In 2009, 46,000 out of the 58,000 facilities around the world were located in the United States. Over recent years, the industry has seen substantial growth world-wide — especially in South Africa. The self storage industry there has grown to be fifth in the world. New facilities open up on a regular...

The self storage industry has proven to be quite a reliable investment since the economy started to go south. Some might consider it gold; others might just consider it smart investing. There have been stories about people finding treasures that are as good as gold to them, but in the case of a self storage unit a San Jose man recently bought the meaning “good as...

According to the popular holiday song, the world is on the verge of entering the most wonderful time of the year as the holiday season approaches. To make sure that as many people as possible get to experience some holiday cheer, self storage companies in the United States and elsewhere are getting into the holiday spirit. Every year it is common to see hundreds if not...

With Thanksgiving right around the corner (and David Letterman on Monday through Friday) it is easy to do a couple different things: 1) find reason to be thankful for the self storage industry and 2) come up with a top ten list made up of some of those reasons. Now some people might think, “Well, I don’t use any self storage facility so I have no reason to...

A typical business marquee sign for a self storage facility might tell the hours that the office is open or that they sell boxes for moving. A Lock-It Self Storage in Pineville, North Carolina, has come up with a new marketing tactic for using their business sign. They post short football related quips that are witty or sometimes takes a jab at local football teams.  Cam...

The key to any successful relationship is communication. Ask your spouse and they will likely agree with that. Most successful businesses, especially those in the self storage industry, would say the same when it comes to the relation they have with their customers.  For the self storage industry, communication is often the key to success. Managers need to let owners...

Sometimes people are intimidated when it comes to landscaping around their self storage facility. They feel that they don’t know enough to plant the right shrubs or flowers. They might feel that they don’t have enough money to pay a professional to do their landscaping. So they end up with a business front that is not visually appealing. Armed with just a little...