There is Safety and Effectiveness in Numbers in the Self Storage Industry

Posted on Jan 31 2013 - 9:20pm by Tony Gonzalez

Whenever you leave the library late at night or a late class the general rule of thumb is to walk to your vehicle or next destination with someone even if your path is well lit. The reason for it is pretty simple—there is safety in numbers. Heck, should an assailant strike fighting him off is much more effective when there are multiple people fighting the attacker off.

Just like security is safer and more effective in numbers so is doing business in the self storage industry. This is not to say that it is impossible or ill-advised for a lone operator or someone with a few facilities to do well. Thanks to organizations like the Texas Self Storage Association operators of all sizes can benefit from the comfort that comes with doing business as part of a larger organization.

For example, take a look at the charitable efforts that many of the members of the Texas Self Storage Association have engaged in during the last year. The cumulative efforts of them enabled representatives of the TSSA to present the Shriners Hospital for Children with a donation of $70,000.

It is a charity that has been near and dear to the heart of the self storage industry in Texas for the last 12 years.  The hope is that with another good year in 2013 the TSSA’s lifelong donation can surpass the half million mark.

The total efforts of each participating self storage facility made a donation of that size possible. Combining their efforts has worked out in other ways as well. 

Like all businesses, the self storage industry is always evolving. Keeping up with all the changes alone can be difficult to do. However, if there is an umbrella organization–like the TSSA–it can do it for you! 

The TSSA has often held webinars and other educational opportunities to help self storage owners and operators keep abreast of the changes as they happen in the industry. Earlier this month the TSSA announced that it would no longer be charging its members for access to webinars.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for members to access the education they might need to run a successful self storage business in Texas,” said TSSA board president Mark A. Skeans. 

By being able to learn about the latest changes in the industry sooner rather than later self storage owners and operators can keep their business more effective and safe (since it is likely more successful) while still maintaining their autonomy.

Sources Used:

“Texas Self Storage Association Donates $70,000 to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Galveston.” Texas Self Storage Association; January 2013.

“Texas Self Storage Association Announces New Member Benefit.” PR.com; 10 January 2013.

There is Safety and Effectiveness in Numbers in the Self Storage Industry

About Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez has enjoyed a prosperous career in general contracting but has decided to complete his college degree in - of all things - sociology - and enjoys blogging about his daily observations of our "human society" and other musings about life and people. He has a particular interest around the shifting economy and how society reacts to downsizing changes, not only in the "contracting" world, but in the areas of moving/storage/rental, etc.
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