In this day and age, it seems like more and more people are making the brave decision to start a business. From being your own boss to better work-life balance, pursuing your passions, and satisfaction of reaping the rewards of all your hard work, there are so many benefits of running a small business.
However, any small business owner will tell you that there are also many challenges. One of these challenges is the way it completely takes over your home. According to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, 52% of small businesses are run out of a house. This leads to clutter, disruption of routine for the rest of the family, and disorganization – all of which could hinder the success of your startup.
If the mental image of paperwork all over the dining room and kitchen counters, products strewn across the floor, and marketing material draped over the sofas is a little too familiar, it may be time to consider taking the step to invest in more space. You may have asked yourself, “Are business storage units worth it?” A self storage facility is a budget-friendly, safe, and reliable option for many different industries. Here are 5 small businesses that can be run out of a self storage facility.
1. From-Home Catering and Bakeries
If you enjoy cooking (and do it well), catering out of your kitchen is a fun way to earn a living. However, it often requires heavy-duty equipment, tools, and containers that you don’t necessarily need to use everyday. Rather than keeping them sprawled out on your kitchen table or stuffed tightly in a closet, consider moving them to a self storage unit. This will give you more space in your kitchen for the preparation and assembly of all your orders.
2. Etsy and Ebay Shop Owners
Sites like Etsy and Ebay allow craft-lovers and collectors of antiques/vintage clothing to reach a huge global customer-base from the comfort of their own home. Whether you knit baby moccasins, design your own jewelry, or would like to find a new home for a one-of-a-kind antique custom armoire, you need somewhere to store your products and/or supplies so they are organized, remain high-quality, and are easy to find. Self storage centers are the perfect solution, especially if you are in the business of selling larger items. Many facilities offer climate- controlled storage units, which are great for preserving antiques and vintage pieces.
3. Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance
If your business is beautifying the outside of other homes and/or businesses, don’t let it be at the expense of your own. Lawn maintenance and landscaping equipment is bulky, and keeping them in your garage at home limits the space you have for your own personal belongings and puts your family in harm’s way. From lawn mowers, to leaf blowers, tractors, weed cutters, and hedge trimmers, keeping your supplies stored away in a storage unit allows you to keep your home and garage as beautiful and you make your customers’.
4. Repair and Handyman Services
As long as things keep breaking, there will always be a need for people who can repair them. Handyman and repair services can be a fruitful career path, but one that requires more tools than you may want to keep in your own home. Although the supplies you need may not be as large as some of the other businesses on this list, a small, alternative storage space will allow you to create an organized system in which every bolt, nut, screw, and thingamabob has its place where you can easily find it when you need it.
5. Video Production and Photography
From professional video shoots to wedding photography, every video producer and photographer knows that there is so much more equipment required beyond the camera. A storage facility not only keeps your lighting, tripods, props, and other cameras in a secure space, it could even serve as a professional photography studio or just a quiet space for you to complete your editing.
Let Sunbelt Self Storage Help Your Small Business Succeed
No matter if you’re a photographer shooting baby cake smash sessions, a master cupcake baker, or a full-time accountant selling vintage motojackets on the side, Sunbelt Self Storage has a unit to fit your needs. Our units range from 5×5’ to 12×30’, are available with heating and cooling, and are under 24/7 video surveillance – ensuring you that your equipment, products, and/or supplies are always safe. Give us a call today to reserve a unit for your small business.