How Self Storage Can Help When Starting a Business

Self storage can help your business grow

Many people dream about running their own business but to turn that dream into reality takes a great idea, hard work and making the best use of the resources available.

From selling items online like clothes, toys, sweets etc to craft businesses like cake making or creating keepsakes, more people are starting up their own businesses to make their own money. At the beginning of 2014, there were 5.2 million small businesses in the UK private sector up from 4.5 million at the start of 2010 (BIS, Business Population Estimates).

Whether you start running your business from your home or from rented offices, one thing you do need for sure is space. Space to work, space for stock, space for employees, equipment, files…space to breathe.

And that’s where self storage can really help your business to grow – and save you money too. Self storage can help your small business in many ways especially if you’re expanding or you just need more space to work in or to store your goods.

Business owners have increased their share of occupied self storage space from 36% in 2010 to 41% in 2014 according to the Self Storage Association UK’s annual survey which means the demand for space will surely increase. So how can self storage help?

With customers these days increasingly purchasing goods online, using self storage means that small businesses can quickly increase or decrease the amount of space they need for storing goods. The flexibility that comes with self storage offers small businesses a cost effective solution as they are not tied into any long-term contracts which is particularly useful for seasonal businesses.

Small businesses can save money as they do not have to pay business rates on any storage space they use and there’s no council tax costs either. VAT still needs to be paid but VAT registered businesses can claim this back.

Self storage offers businesses a secure place to store their stock. Rather than keeping stock at home in the dining room or garage (which take up a lot of living space), self storage offers a greater level of security with CCTV, intruder alarms, fire protection and other surveillance measures.

Plus with 24 hour access available, users can run their business around the clock which is useful if they need more time to pick and pack items for despatch. In addition, some self storage companies will accept deliveries on your behalf saving you time waiting around.

And if you need office space, business owners can rent flexible office space that doesn’t break the bank. Using a self storage centre for office and storage space costs a fraction of the price of renting most retail and office premises which can run into the thousands each year.

So not only is using business self storage a cost effective option for small businesses, it can really help a business to expand and grow without all the usual expenses associated with running a business day-to-day.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to monetize their message so they can make more money from their expertise. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog,

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  1. This is some really good information about self-storage and how it can help you out when starting a business. My sister is thinking about opening up a bakery later this year. So, I liked your advice about keeping her extra supplies in a unit.

  2. This is some really good information about self-storage, and how it can help a business. My sister is thinking about opening a bakery this winter. So, I liked what you said about how she can keep some of her extra stuff and paperwork in the unit.

  3. Great article on self-storage facilities. Your article is really helpful for new business starter. They can begin the self-storage business and can get guidance from your effective articles.

  4. Oh wow! I never knew that a business owner can make use of a self-storage unit to safely store their goods or use that as a cheaper way to get office space. Reading this inspired me to share this article to my sister, who wants to earn money from making knitted clothes. If she needs to get one, how should she choose a facility to get it from? Thanks!

  5. Huh, I never knew that a creative way of using a self-storage unit is through reusing the space to store more or fewer goods to free existing office space. When you mentioned that, I thought that they can also use it to move office locations by storing their inventory there and retrieving it after finishing the office set up. I will definitely use these tips in the future if I were to become an RV or a boat dealer.

  6. It seems the demand for self-storage units is increasing over the years. I do agree, self-storage units are very viable storage options for small businesses, it’s a lot cheaper and doesn’t bond you to long term contracts, it’s clever actually! One point I may add though, to always check the insurance side of it, see what are covered and not covered. Great advice!

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