How self storage can help when starting a business

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 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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