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John Stevens

John Stevens from Extraspace.com reports on the thriving self storage industry in the Pacific Rim and around the world with information from sources such as AsiaOne Business magazine, Inside Self Storage and operator websites. John is an avid blogger and outdoor enthusiast.

The job of a self storage facility is pretty cut and dry. People want to store things so they rent a self storage unit and do just that. However, if you look at a self storage facilities purpose in a metaphorical sense it is not just to store stuff. Everything inside a self storage unit says something about the person renting it from their clothes to their toys, and even...

When it comes to making money in the self storage industry, some companies will do anything they can in order to increase the bottom line. via TheRealDeal.com Most facilities will sell complimentary products like packing supplies and locks, but those items do not generate significant revenue. Many facilities have engaged in deals with telecom companies to rent space for...

Business is good in the self storage industry, but like in any business you want to be careful about trying to bite off more than you can chew. People will always need more space. While most folks may like the idea of moving in to a bigger house or apartment to meet their need for more space the hassle and expense is more often than not more than folks can bear. So they...

The self storage industry has become a rather sought-after investment opportunity. While this is good news for the industry, there is a catch. MIchael Hicks/Flickr (Creative Commons) Lenders are still more apt to approve loans for converting an existing structure into a self storage facility or renovating an old one than to approve loans for new construction. Since this...

There is money to be made in the self storage industry, and not just right now. As society continues to buy, it continues to need space. Those involved in the self storage industry are more than happy to provide it. With the success that the industry has seen in recent years, more and more investors are doing what they can to beef up and solidify their self storage portfolios....

Since founding Extra Space Storage in 1977, Kenneth Woolley has built a booming self storage business. His enterprise controls more than 59 million square feet of rentable storage space in 1,071 self-storage facilities across 35 states. After almost 40 years in the business, he still sees a bright future in the industry. Woolley shared his vision in a recent interview...

Like in the United States, the economy in the UK is struggling. Even though unemployment there is down and inflation is low, there is zero wage growth. Households are struggling with the high cost of living. Because of the economic status in the UK, Attic Self Storage asked Active Supply & Design (who designs, manufactures, and builds self storage facilities) to do...

via Extra Attic Mini Storage webpage Extra Attic Mini Storage recently announced the grand opening of a new expansion at its facility in Richmond, Virginia. It will be held at 4825 Bethlehem Road on Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to attend. The day’s festivities include free drinks, snacks, and ice cream for those...

There once was a time when people who needed a self storage facility would simply look up “self storage” in the phone book and find the closest one to them. via Shutterstock Today, that is rarely the case. People want to know more. They want to be able to see the place beforehand. They want to know the business hours, security measures, prices, specials, and anything...

Today, there are several short news items about self storage advancements from across the nation — from Boston to California to Florida. Cubiq, a smartphone-enable personal storage service, opened its doors for business yesterday in Boston. Cubiq is an on-demand concierge self storage service and is the preferred storage provider for two new high-rise, green-living luxury...