The Battle For Small Business Storage
On-demand warehouses are becoming a very popular choice for small businesses. As businesses fell and rose as the pandemic grew, small businesses were given priority storage by warehouse companies. This was because so much stock had either not been replaced or it had to be thrown out because clients were not able to pay for the storage space. However, self-storage has continued to be used by small business owners too. It gives them privacy, the ability to come and go as they please and not have to share their space in close proximity with other products. The micro-business owner has also stood firm with his and her garage, still making use of their spare space. What does this all mean?
On-demand warehousing has really taken off. You don’t need to sign long-term contracts with warehouse storage companies anymore, they know better. It’s much more profitable to work with numerous clients who may want short-term storage than just one client who wants long-term storage. The issue is, there is plenty of the latter, not so much of the former. If you have come to the point where you need lots of storage space and lots of time for which you need to store it, you’re a medium or large business. By this time it would be more economical to make your own warehouse closer to your manufacturing facility. So lots of small business clients who need patches of storage space will provide a busier but more stable clientele.
Self-storage still goes on
If you would like to make storage simpler and easier in some ways, then you should consider self storage. This is where you can come and go from your very own private storage space. You can load and fill it with anything and unload whenever you need to. The storage space is air-conditioned so fabrics and more delicate materials won’t suffer from humidity, cold or heat. You are the only one allowed to access it. You’ve got your own key, password and signature at the front desk so no one who isn’t authorized will pass the line. Best of all, it’s a monthly subscription fee. There are no lock-in contracts to deal with.
If you are a micro-business, perhaps a self-storage unit isn’t the first option. Perhaps you would prefer more control and much less cost. The garage has remained a popular storage space for many entrepreneurs. You just need to know a few things about protecting your inventory.
- It’s best to fit an air conditioning unit so your products and packaging do not suffer the changes in temperature and humidity.
- Use a cover to protect your inventory from ceiling leaks and insects.
- Don’t store inventory close to heavy garden objects in case they fall on top of them.
- Don’t store your products too high on top of each other, buy a small rack.
Which of these three storage types do you use? Would you prefer to use one over the other? Let us know and give us your take on why you go for one over the other.