Self Storage and Small Business
Most people associate self storage units with domestic storage, and it’s true that most of our Manchester storage customers are private individuals who need some extra space to store their own personal property. However, it’s becoming more common than ever that businesses are using self storage space, and many of them are small businesses that have a Manchester storage unit as their primary business premises.
Almost everyone in the UK was touched in some way by the global economic recession. Many people suffered the extreme consequences of losing their job and having no luck whatsoever of finding an equivalent job in the same field. However, the British fighting spirit is strong, and many of these people opted to start their own business. Rather than waiting for the economy to pick up, they chose to be part of the economic recovery.
A large number of these new entrepreneurs found a natural home on the Internet. Traditionally, Internet businesses have required much less start-up capital than businesses that operate from a bricks-and-mortar set up. There’s no need for additional staff, and crucially there’s no need for dedicated premises. Most of these people started their businesses from home.
Because of the global opportunity provided by the Internet, and their own entrepreneurial talents, a large proportion of these businesses became a success. Of course a business can only become a limited success if it doesn’t have its own premises, but most of these businesses still wanted to keep overheads low. It was at this point many of these people became our Manchester storage customers, using our storage units as warehousing for their online sales businesses.
Our entrepreneurial customers value many things about our Manchester storage set up. The most important one is the flexibility. Many of these customers take advantage of the fact that we don’t impose a minimum contract, and they are able to move their storage size up and down on a weekly basis. This means that they are never paying for space that they don’t need.
This is in stark contrast to a traditional business warehouse, where they will often have to sign a year long contract. In a more traditional set up they will also be limited to a single, permanent space, no matter how much of it they are using. As with most fledging businesses, cash flow and profit margins are often extremely important, and this can severely impact the health of their business.
The other great thing about using a self storage unit for this purpose is the price. Our Manchester units start at just £5 per week. This is fantastic for home businesses that are just starting the process of expanding beyond the kitchen table.
Lastly, in most business premises, the business owner will be expected to pay for council tax and utilities. This is the case even in the most basic warehouses. However, in a self storage unit, a entrepreneur doesn’t have to worry about these bills. Everything is included in the price. As you can imagine, this can make a huge difference.
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