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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.

For years there has been talk about the nation trying to break its dependence on foreign oil. With gas prices near or above the three dollar mark for the last few years there are more and more people becoming interested in electric cars. The need for alternative forms of energy reaches far beyond the automobile industry though. In a down economy like the United States...

Typically when people think of self storage units they think about that creepy guy at the end of the street with all the stuff stacked on his porch; when you look through the windows you can see that there is stuff everywhere. Rumor has it that the house and property were once beautiful, but the current occupant just has too much stuff. Sounds like the perfect customer...

There is one thing that is really frustrating about the law. Even though it is in place to protect us from others and in some cases protect us from ourselves it can be a pain in the neck to understand. Too often, especially for small business owners like those in the self storage industry, we don’t know we did something wrong until it is too late and we have to pay...

There is one thing that people hate to spend money on, but would not ever do without—insurance. We get insurance for our health, our teeth, and our cars. We get insurance on packages we send through the mail of significant value. Depending on the type of work your in there are several other types of insurance that people buy all the time, often spending a lot of...

A common saying in business and in life goes something like this,” If you want to succeed, you have to be willing to go the extra mile.” That could not be truer for an industry than it is for the self storage industry. On the surface it may appear that succeeding in the self storage industry would be a pretty simple thing to do. All you need is a building with...

It used to be that whenever you would see someone talking to themselves while they are standing in line or walking down the street that you would slowly back away from them (in order not to spook the crazy person). Nowadays that person could still be crazy and maybe you should back away, but the chances are even greater that they are talking on their cell phone via a blue...

There are enough hoops to jump through in order to get into business, be it a self storage facility or something else. Once you do succeed in getting something up and going though, your legal issues do not stop there. In fact, they tend to grow exponentially. In the self storage industry there are a number of potential legal issues that owners and managers may be faced...

With a new year come new beginnings. People often see the time when the year on the calendar increases by one as the time to leave the past in the past and to look to the future for bigger and better things. It’s a fresh new chance to do right what you did wrong over the last year; an opportunity to get it right this time. So then we make these promises to ourselves...

Typically when a person is going into business they are concerned about the success of their own enterprise. That of course only makes sense; you go into business in order to make money for yourself and not the other guy after all, right? In the case of the self storage industry other businesses have begun to grow because of them. One of the keys to success in any business...

At this time of year there is never a bigger need for people to think of others and donate something to charity be it toys, food, money, or time. With the economy in the state that it is this holiday season there are likely going to be even more people looking for help when it comes to making this holiday season a happy one. In the spirit of the season, two different Santa...