With the power of the internet and an internationally connected economy, starting your own small business has never been a more alluring opportunity. The benefits of beginning your own startup are many, and the freedom it offers is unparalleled. Many successful businesses in Murray, UT, and the greater Salt Lake City area began as small startups.
But starting your own business isn’t a cakewalk. There are all kinds of obstacles to overcome—including some that may seem straightforward but aren’t. One such challenge is storage. Your business needs supplies for your office, space for your inventory, and storage for the things that your startup needs to succeed. As commercial storage experts, Storage Depot has some tips for how to handle your supplies, inventory, and storage for your business.
Necessary Office Supplies for Startups
Unless your startup is so tiny that it can be reasonably run out of a spare room in your home, you’ll need some necessary office supplies to make sure that you can carry out your business goals. Most office supplies can be split into three categories.
Even if your business can be carried out through computers, tablets, and phones, an office of even a few people will end up needing paper products at some point. Make sure that you’ve got what you need, including:
- Printer paper
- Post-it notes
- File folders
- Shipping labels
If you’ve ever wandered around the office asking a question along the lines of “Hey, does someone know where the (item you’re looking for) is?” More than likely, that item falls under this miscellaneous category, or the category of items that you really need occasionally but otherwise tend not to think about.
- Rubber bands
- Three-hole punch
- Writing utensils (all types)
Every business, regardless of type, shares the need for similar pieces of equipment, be they furniture, electronics, or otherwise. Make sure you have them.
- Filing cabinets
- Spare computer equipment
- Webcams and teleconference phones
Self Storage for Business Use
Regardless of the size of your business, you’ll eventually run out of space in your office. And while every startup eventually gets into a new office eventually, you might not be able to keep all your supplies in your office. That’s where self storage for business comes in, and it’s where we at Storage Depot can help.
A storage unit can equip your Murray startup to succeed by providing cost effective storage with convenient facility features. Our unit sizes range from 4×4 all the way to 10×20, so you can store whatever you need to, including furniture, temporary decorations, advertising materials, additional office equipment, and more. In addition, we also have parking spaces for the company car or van.
Access hours at Storage Depot are 6am to 10pm every day of the year. We don’t require a security deposit, and we offer month-to-month leases for maximum flexibility for your business.
Got inventory? We can store that, too! With our units, you can stop forcing inventory into the nooks and crannies of your home or office.
Cloud Storage for Small Businesses
The final piece of the puzzle for your startup’s storage strategy is cloud storage for businesses. There are an almost infinite number of options at your disposal in this sphere, and it can be overwhelming to pick some. Some cloud storage providers sell storage in a single monthly cost (IE, 50 GB of total storage), while others offering a business-specific plan generally offer a solution on a per-user basis. (IE, 50 GB of cloud storage per user).
Google G Suite Business costs $12.50 per user per month and provides unlimited storage through Google Drive. This is easily integrated with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and other Google cloud-based software.
Microsoft Office 365 Premium also costs $12.50 per user per month and gives 1 TB of storage per user. It also includes access to the Office 365 editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher.
Dropbox Business Advanced costs $25 per user per month for unlimited storage and access to Dropbox’s intuitive and easy sharing options with equal performance with support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
SpiderOak One’s plans range from $6 per month for 5 GB to $29 per month for 5 TB for unlimited devices. The company specializes in data encryption and security.
Need Commercial Storage? Go to the Storage Depot
If your startup needs a little more space, self storage is an ideal option. Storage Depot’s storage facility in Murray, UT, is conveniently located for Salt Lake City businesses of all types. We offer competitively priced storage units and great service. What are you waiting for? Stop by or hop online and reserve a unit today.