When you think of the type of people who use storage units, what comes to mind? Homeowners who are in between moves? Parents storing furniture for their university-bound kids? Older couple keeping family heirlooms safe?
While storage is great for all those reasons, lots of people don’t realise just how handy it can be for commercial use as well as domestic. Businesses of all sizes have loads to gain from using commercial storage facilities. Here are just a few reasons why.
Does your business owns bulky equipment or marketing materials that you only use sporadically? Or is your office just cluttered up with stock? It’s not unusual to crave a little more space, especially as working amongst clutter can be distracting and stressful. Moving any items you don’t need into storage is a great way to free up room in the office, giving you the opportunity to create a spacious and tranquil working area.
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Talking of stock, storing it around your office isn’t really the best way to make sure it’s kept in the best condition or that you can access it easily. Moving your stock into storage means it’ll be kept in a clean, dry space where it’s safe from being disturbed or damaged and where you can set it out on racks or boxes that can be easily accessed when you make a sale.
Similarly, offices aren’t always the safest place to store a large amount of stock, especially if you’re dealing with expensive goods such as electrical equipment or luxury items. Storage units are locked and accessed only by you, and should come with CCTV, alarms, security fences and 24-hour security to keep your stock safe from theft, giving you far greater peace of mind. This can also be a great option for tradespeople looking to store tools and materials overnight or during holidays to avoid making their vans a target.
If you’re storing a lot of stock or equipment you don’t need to access regularly, you might find that you’re paying extortionate amounts for extra office space that you don’t really need. Many small businesses find that it’s much more cost-effective to use affordable commercial storage and move into a smaller office space instead, saving a fortune on rental costs.
Sometimes it’s not even stock or equipment that takes up space in an office, it’s just good old fashioned paperwork! From client records to employee files, inventories, and HR information, even the smallest businesses need to have fairly big archives – especially when you consider that any tax-relevant information needs to be stored for at least six years. That’s a lot of filing! You don’t need to access this paperwork regularly, so why keep it in the office? Putting it in storage will keep it safe, dry and, most importantly, out of the way.
Of course, not all businesses are based in offices. Many small businesses start at home and might find that, as they start to grow, they become overrun with equipment, stock or paperwork in exactly the same way some offices do. However, they won’t yet be big enough to hire an office in which to keep it all. In these cases, commercial storage is often the best option, especially if you want to avoid the silent treatment from your other half!
At TFM, we have been helping businesses in Essex with their commercial storage needs for the best part of 30 years. If you’re looking for a reliable and secure storage solution for your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.