As a small business owner first starting, you think of everything you need to get your company off the ground: clients, marketing materials, and products. However, once they arrive at your home, you begin to realize just how much room these items take — and how difficult it can be to stay organized. While this is one of the main reasons to rent a storage unit, there’s another you may not have thought of: working out of it!
You can set up a workshop at your storage unit to help complete orders, respond to emails, and network with new and existing customers. Below, we take a look at everything you need to know about working out of a Cork storage unit.
Storage Units Have Electricity
Certain commercial storage units feature electrical access, so you can set up your computer, printer, or other electrical devices you need to run your business. While this doesn’t come standard in every unit, it is an available feature you should inquire about if you either need or believe you’ll need a workshop space set up in the future.
Do Your Research
An important part of securing any type of storage facility is to do your research. For example, what size of the unit is conducive to your needs? Is it climate-controlled to help preserve the integrity of your stored files and other products? What is the security of the facility like and how easy is it for you to access it? Also, ask the storage unit’s manager if they have any rules when it comes to operating a workspace inside the units. For example, do they allow you to meet clients face to face?
All of these questions are important to determine whether or not a unit will meet the needs of your operation and keep your inventory safe. Most importantly, though, these questions will help you stay in good standing with the storage unit, while also managing your expectations of what you can achieve at your unit and perhaps your home or another meeting place.
Benefits of Renting a Storage Unit to Run Your Business
There are several reasons for renting a storage unit to run your business, all of which we explore below:
1. They Keep You Organised
First, they can help keep your inventory organized. As a small business owner, you understand how important it is to establish customer loyalty. Part of that is fulfilling orders on time. This can be challenging if your inventory is out of place or runs the risk of getting easily damaged because it’s located in a high-traffic part of your house.
With a storage unit, you can organize your inventory in a way that’s easy for you to keep tabs on, which in the long run will save you money. After all, what’s a better way to spend your time: rummaging through your inventory to find a single product or sending it out efficiently so you can order its replacement?
2. They Declutter Your Home
Getting your inventory out of your house isn’t just beneficial for your company’s efficiency: it also makes you genuinely happier at home. A U.S. study from 2009 highlighted the correlation between clutter and stress. This study showed that cortisol levels were higher in those who had cluttered homes than those who did not.
Stress can negatively impair us, leading to medical problems and an overall decreased quality of life, and even lack of motivation — all things that, as a small business owner, you can’t afford to deal with. Storage units offer a safe alternative to any business owner who is finding it difficult to navigate their home that is doubling as a business.
3. They’re Convenient
Last but not least, storage units are just convenient for your business. Not only do they come in a variety of sizes so they can grow as your business does, but the ones at Cork Storage Centre are accessible 24/7. Whether you have a late-night fulfillment you have to tend to, forgot something you need to pick up, or you simply lost track of time while you’re working, you don’t have to adhere to a traditional 9:00 am-5:00 pm schedule.
The life of a small business owner doesn’t end at 5:00 pm and neither does the accessibility of your storage unit.
Secure a Storage Unit From Cork Storage Centre Today
Whether you’re an artist, retail owner, or online startup, a storage unit can help meet your business needs. As a small business owner, your goal is to keep clients happy and grow your company. At Cork Storage Centre we value this entrepreneurial spirit and are happy to discuss with you our flexible rental agreements. Whether you need your unit for a short amount of time as your company gets off the ground or as a safe space to store your inventory for the long haul, we guarantee there’s a unit perfect for you.
You can contact us here or call us at 021-4965580 to get started.