Starting and running a home based business is a dream come true for many people. You get to be your own boss, you control your work hours and you don’t have to worry about a daily commute. But running a home-based business isn’t all positive – it can also be stressful. Depending on what kind of business you run will influence your space needs, and as the business grows, you can find yourself quickly running out of space in your home. Moving to an office space is expensive, and you’ll miss out on all the perks of working from home. Instead of picking up and moving to another space, use self storage to expand your business and keep clutter from taking over your home. Total Storage Solutions has the key to making self storage work for your business.
Benefits of Using a Storage Unit for Business Storage
Upgrading to an office space is an expensive venture, but when your home based business is rapidly expanding, it may seem like you have no other choice. Before you invest in an office space, look into self storage. Storage units provide the extra space you need at a lower cost and lower commitment. Consider the following benefits:
- A wide range of unit sizes makes it easy to increase or decrease space based on need.
- Month-to-month rental agreements provide flexibility.
- Top security features protect your documents, equipment, and inventory.
- Document shredding available on-site.
How to Use Self Storage for Your Business
Storing Business Inventory. Home-based businesses that provide products rather than services can find their inventory taking over their household space. Rather than holding onto these products, a secure storage unit provides protection while keeping them organized and out of the way. Shelving can easily be installed in your unit and products organized according to use. Leave pathways between shelves to make it easy for you to reach everything, and include an inventory list in your unit and at your home, so you always know what you have.
Storing Business Documents. A single piece of paper doesn’t take up much room, but documents quickly add up over the years. Sometimes these documents can be disposed of – in which case document shredding comes in handy. Oftentimes, however, you’ll want to hold onto your records. When placing your documents in storage, there are several measures you’ll want to take to keep them safe and organized.
- Box files based on file type and year, and clearly label each box.
- Keep boxes elevated on wooden pallet or shelves to prevent any potential damage from flooding.
- Store files you need access to in the front of your unit.
- Maintain a moisture-free environment to prevent mold and mildew. (A climate controlled unit can help control humidity and temperature.)
Storing Household Clutter. Even if your business isn’t taking over your home, household clutter can keep your business from growing. If your workspace is overrun – or nonexistent – because of clutter, take the time to declutter and create the space you need. Clear out the spare room and make it into your base of operations, separating yourself from the rest of the house. This will help you to keep work and home separate and focus on work when there is work to be done.
Keep your expansion costs low and increase your business space with the help of self storage. Invest in a storage unit near you and watch your business – and your profits – grow. Contact Total Storage Solutions to see how our experts can help you make the most of your new space.