Many entrepreneurs and small business owners only occasionally need an office space. Because they don’t need an office all of the time, it doesn’t make financial sense to rent traditional office space.
Self storage businesses have recognized that need that small business owners have and many have created places within their storage facilities to fill those needs for temporary office space.
In addition to temporary office space, many self storage businesses offer services such as free Wi-Fi, free phone, free coffee, and free fax. Some also have a conference room for meetings.
Self storage companies also offer services that businesses can pay for. These paid-for services include mailboxes, shipping services, package receiving, and computer use.
The trend of self storage businesses providing office space and services for small businesses is going strong in the United States. It is now picking up in Canada.
Storage Worx in London, Ontario, has decided to fill some of those needs that small home-based entrepreneurs have who lack storage and meeting space. Storage Worx has added a wide range of additional services that support those entrepreneurs.
President Colin Bierbaum indicated that Storage Worx now has a business center that includes a conference room, workstations, a wireless teleconference phone, and a large flat panel screen for presentations. There is free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar where people can get coffee, water, and fresh-baked cookies.
Bierbaum says that his full service conference room is the perfect solution for small businesses that need a place to do business with clients and who also need storage space for things like inventory. He also said that Storage Worx would make arrangements for catering if customers need it and they accept package delivery for their customers.
Bierbaum renovated a building in the Meadowbrook Business Park in London, Ontario, and converted it into storage space. It currently has 151 units ranging in size from 25 square feet up to 400 square feet. Bierbaum anticipates that he will have two more phases in the renovation. The next phase will add outdoor storage for boats and recreational vehicles. The last phase will create traditional outdoor access storage units.
“Storing up success.” London Free Press; 22 May 2012.