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A Global History of Access Control

Historians disagree about who created the first lock and key. Some say the Egyptians; others say the Greeks, Romans, Chinese…no one really knows. However, the history of access control and the locks that we use today to lock anything from chests to – you guessed it – self-storage facilities have...
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5 Reasons to Use Accounting Software for Your Self Storage Business

Tracking your self storage facility's cash flow can be daunting, but 64% of business owners do their own bookkeeping anyway. Most self storage facility owners use some sort of cloud-based accounting software to take much of the time-consuming work out of bookkeeping and staying organized. Accounting software is a helpful...
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Three Considerations for Automation in Your Self-Storage Facility

“Automation” has been a buzzword in the self-storage industry for quite some time. But, with so many options out there, it can be hard to identify which tools to use and which business areas need the tools the most. The possibilities are overwhelming! Whether you’re new to the self-storage world...
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21 Self Storage Marketing Ideas for Owners & Operators

Self storage is a great business to be in. In fact, 2020 data shows that nearly 1 in 10 households has a storage unit because they’re reducing clutter, have limited space, or just have a small home. Regardless, the market is on fire. Of course, there’s an elephant in the...
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All About Bluetooth Low Energy

Since its inception in the mid-1990s, Bluetooth technology has evolved into an effective application for use in access control security. A large factor for this success can be attributed to the astronomical growth of smartphone usage in the last decade, providing a Bluetooth-enabled medium for access control proximity readers to...
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Why Your Self Storage Facility Needs an Integrated Payment System

Electronic Payment Options Transform the Self Storage Industry Businesses in every industry are making the move to electronic payment options, and self storage is no different. The modern consumer base prefers online and digital payments because they are easy, fast, and secure. The storage industry professionals at 6Storage have the...
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Running 100 Miles Is a Lot Like Starting a Business

There are some things that are commonly considered off limits, if not crazy. Things like running 100 miles or starting a business, for example, are not for everyone. Ultramarathoners and entrepreneurs possess an extraordinary amount of optimism, courage, and flexibility, which sets them apart. They stay positive through the pain...
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Self Storage Consultancy 101: What a Self Storage Consultant Does and Why You Need One

Occupancy rates and rents at self storage facilities are at record highs, drawing investors and entrepreneurs looking for growth opportunities. However, owning and operating a self storage facility comes with risks, so it’s always a good idea to bring a self storage consultant on board. While hiring a self storage...
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Self-Storage Demand Rises as Sales of Boats and RVs Soar

Call it cause and effect.  Call it the sign of the times.  But it’s happening.  Sales of boats and recreational vehicles hit new highs last year.  In the wake of the pandemic, Americans are once again taking to the open road and waterways around the country.  That’s great news for...
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Social Media Content Ideas for Self Storage Facilities

Increase Self Storage Facility Occupancy with Social Media Strategy   Social Media is one of the best ways to reach your target market. But as a business owner, you are already wearing so many hats. So how do you add social media marketing to your to-do list? Having a solid strategy...
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Capital Expenses, What to Include in Your Plan and Budget

Demand for storage and profit potential is certainly a driving force behind the growth of the self storage industry, but there’s another reason everyone wants in on the action: Most self storage facilities have relatively low capital expenditures (capex). Compared to office and retail space, it doesn’t take as much...
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Janus Launches Revolutionary Smart Keypad for Self-Storage with Graphic Display

The All-New, Nokē® Screen by Janus boasts an all-in-one design, graphic display screen, and three modes of access TEMPLE, GA—(April 18, 2022)— Janus International Group, Inc. (NYSE: JBI) (“Janus” or the “Company”), a leading provider of cutting-edge access control technologies and building product solutions for the self-storage and other commercial and...
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Dealing with Dead Zones: Maximize Rentals Using Relocatable Units

WHAT IS A DEAD ZONE? Take a look around your self-storage facility and ask yourself: “How much unproductive land do I own?” The majority of self-storage facilities contain a percentage of land that can’t be developed through traditional means. Prohibitive costs, building restrictions, and tight footprints are all factors that...
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Feasibility Studies and Self-Storage Consultants Help New Owners Succeed

Entering a new industry opens up a lot of questions. In self-storage, some of the earliest  considerations revolve around feasibility studies and self-storage consultants. A feasibility study is typically required by banks and Small Business Administration lenders. It provides research that helps investors decide whether they can proceed with their...
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Why Replace When You Can Restore?

  There is an argument to be made that a functioning roof is the single most important aspect of any facility. Water intrusion goes far beyond the leak itself. Insulation becomes compromised, ceilings and drywall can be ruined, and this is before any property damage is calculated. As the owner...
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4 Reasons to Consider a Metal-Over-Metal Re-Roofing Solution

  A top-of-the-line self-storage facility requires top-of-the-line roofing. A reliable roof is just as important as the foundation of your facility, and there are a couple of reasons why it may be time to consider a replacement. This blog will cover four common reasons you may need to invest in...
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Proven Tips for Increasing Site Security

The Most Successful Ways To Prevent Crime and Increase Security at Your Self-Storage Facility As a self-storage owner-operator, one of your biggest responsibilities goes to your property's safety and security. It's important you're keeping up with changing trends in crime and working to prevent those patterns from occurring at your facility. Recently, self-storage crime has...
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Galvanization: Hot Dipped vs Electro

Hot Dipped and Electro Methods of Protection In today’s world, galvanized objects are all around us. Next time you see a staircase, stop sign, ladder, nail, bridge, bench, bucket, pipe, car part, building, structure, or storage container, know that it’s probably galvanized. And with good reason. The iron in steel...
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Self Storage Marketing: 10 People & Businesses Needing Self-Storage Units

Your customers are your customers because they need a self storage unit. But, have you ever stopped to think about why they need a self storage unit? Understanding what prompts people to take on the expense of self storage tenantship can inform and greatly improve your marketing efforts, giving you insight that...
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