Thinking of starting a small ecommerce business, or tired of stumbling over your boxes of inventory piled up in your dining room? Self storage units are an ideal extension of your home business, particularly when you’re dealing with reasonable amounts of stock.
Whether you’re running an eBay, or Amazon store or you have your own small online business, here are our top tips for making the smooth transition to a self storage unit.
Speak to your self storage facility manager
First of all, pay a visit to your chosen self storage facility and have a chat about your business needs. At Wilson Storage, we deal with businesses customers of all kinds, all the time. This includes taking delivery of stock when you can’t be here, which is particularly useful for small businesses. Talk to us and we’ll advise you on all the ways our business services can help.
Take advantage of insurance benefits
If you’re in a position where you have a lot of valuable stock in your home, you could run the risk of over-stretching your contents insurance benefits, or worse still, not being covered for running a business from your home.
Getting a cheaper deal on insurance is easier when you store your stock in a self storage facility. At Wilson Storage, the levels of round-the-clock monitored security mean insurance premiums are much lower than they would be for your home.
Organise your stock
Moving your stock inventory to a self storage unit provides the perfect opportunity to streamline your shipping process. It also means you can start to store your stock in the most efficient way possible, not just however you can fit it around the bed in your spare room!
Ensure all of your high-volume and popular items are easily accessed at the front of your unit. Stack boxes in rows like a regular store, so you can get to each without climbing over anything. And when it comes to batching deliveries ready for posting, self Storage Facilities like Wilson Storage also have all the right equipment handy for lifting heavy boxes safely, so stocking up your car for a trip to the post office doesn’t take it out on your back.
Prepare your packing materials
The great thing about basing your shipping out of a storage unit facility like Wilson Storage is the fact that most have plenty of packing materials for sale right where you need them. We stock a wide range at all of our facilities so you’ll never run out halfway through a busy shipping week.
Aside from freeing up your home from boxes and stock items, upgrading your online business to a self storage unit also gives you the space to concentrate on the business itself. It also means that, when you want to take a break, your home feels more like your home, not your warehouse…
Talk to our helpful staff today about your ecommerce business needs or visit our business storage page for more information.