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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.

When people look back at the end of a year they like to see certain things. Did they do anything? Did they grow—physically and metaphorically? Did they just watch the world go by or were they actively trying to make their mark in it?  Does the future look any better for what they did or didn’t do?  The same questions could be asked for a business—self...

In my Twitter feed this morning, I learned that today is National Tooth Fairy Day. WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, did a little news story and told experiences about the tooth fairy that people shared with them. One person told how she took her grandmother’s false teeth and put them under her pillow in hopes to make lots of money from the tooth fairy. Her grandmother was...

When a birthday rolls around, people dream of the gifts they might receive.  Some of those dreams are fairly simple – a new technology gadget, something for the man-cave, or something new to wear. Bigger dreams might include a new car or a trip to a tropical island. What would it be like, though, to receive $10 million dollars? That’s what Chuck Gordon,...

In 2003, family, friends, and local investors opened Old Barn Self-Storage in Grass Valley, California. Things were looking good even though there was stiff competition locally. Then, the economic walls came tumbling down. Sometimes, nation-wide companies can more easily weather rough financial times than mom-and-pop self storage facilities. However, the Old Storage Barn...

SpareFoot Storage Finder did a study and recently released their findings for the top15 economic ‘power towns’ in the United States. The criteria for the cities making this list include having  the following: 50,000 residents or fewer A Fortune 500 company based in the city High home values High home ownership rates Low unemployment rates The cities...

Do you ever wonder why it is kind of hard to find Waldo? He is wearing that ridiculous hat and sweater after all. You’d think he would be easy to find. While the outfit is unique there is one important factor that is not—he is just another person in the picture. In a business like the self storage industry it can be easy to fall in to the same kind of rut,...

Based in Salt Lake City, Centershift, Inc., a cloud-based software and services provider to the self-storage industry, announced that it is a sponsor partner of the Salt Lake City chapter of Girl Develop It. Girl Develop It is an international organization that empowers women of different backgrounds around the world to learn how to develop software. “Centershift...

When you think of Texas, what comes to mind? A big state, big ranches, big ten-gallon hats, and big belt buckles. Texans are also big-hearted – as the Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) can attest to. Recently, they donated a check to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston that was the second largest donation they’ve made to date. The TSSA donated...

Self storage companies have a lot to do when it comes to figuring out how to expand from one or two facilities or more. It’s not as easy as just finding a listing for a facility already up for sale. No, interested companies have to figure out not only what makes a good self storage facility, but what makes a good location. There are several factors that could go...

If you have ever tried to build a house out of playing cards than you know how long it can take to make a tall one. You can try to shoot right up and make it tall and thin like a tower, but chances are it will fall over before you get too high because the base is not strong enough. However, if you take the time to build up the base the chance of building a lasting structure...