21st May 2024

Ways your small business can benefit from a self storage unit

If you run a small business in the UK, you know that space comes at a premium. Making the best use of the space you have, therefore, is a priority. 

Since the turn of the century, self-storage has exploded in popularity among people in the business community because of its flexibility and ability to solve pressing storage issues. 

Take a look at the following ways that your small business can benefit from a self-storage unit. 

Avoid Business Rates And Council Tax

Let’s say that your current offices are too small to store all your archival materials. You decide, therefore, that the best solution is to rent a larger space across the other side of town. You pick up all your possessions and relocate (at enormous expense). 

The problem is that when you get to your new premises, you suddenly discover that you have to pay higher business rates and council tax. You’re much worse off than before. 

Self-storage, on the other hand, doesn’t count as an extension of your premises. You can use it for all kinds of things, from storing pallets to archiving old records, without having to pay the local authority any extra money. 

Get A Flexible Space You Can Use

You want to keep your premises as clutter-free as possible so that you can use every square inch of available space efficiently. You don’t want stacks of chairs, boxes of paper or printer equipment taking up the room you need to conduct your operations.

The great thing about self-storage is that it grows and contracts with your business needs. Sometimes your self-storage needs might be considerable – in which case you can rent out multiple units. At other times of the year, your storage needs are much less – you don’t need an enormous amount of space. Unlike rental units, self-storage gives you flexibility, and adjust the price up and down, based on how much you use, month to month. 

Store All Your Valuables

As a business, you might be tempted to store all your valuables on-site. But when you think about it, that’s probably not a good idea. Your premises are precisely where thieves would expect you to keep your possessions. 

Self-storage helps to anonymise your valuables. Thieves don’t know ahead of time where your valuables are in the self-storage facility – or even if you use one. Storage companies also invest heavily in security. Most use a combination of CCTV, perimeter fencing, keycode access and on-site guards. The opportunities for criminals to steal your possessions are low to non-existent. 

Store Seasonal Stock

Seasonal stock is difficult to manage. On the one hand, you don’t want to get rid of it because you know that you can sell it again in the future. But on the other, you don’t want it taking up valuable inventory space all year. What can you do?

Small businesses use self-storage for seasonal stock all the time. If you have left-over stock, you can send it away to storage, forget about it, and then trot it back out once the new season arrives.