Business Storage Space
Top Ten Storage Tips for Small Business
Space is always at a premium, especially for small businesses trying to keep overheads down. With a clever use of space, a small business can not only more effectively harness their stock and their work area, but make money too.
Rent Out Office Space
In the current economic climate, shared offices are becoming much more popular. To take advantage of the 'rent a desk' movement, look at unused or poorly used space in your business premises and remove the extra furniture, re-structure, and lease out the space to a small company or freelancer to keep your overhead down. This is an especially good solution if your business goes through a short-term downsizing.
Go Up into the Cloud
Using cloud storage is a great way to save physical space, but there are some things to remember – scan quality, format, and file naming conventions. In terms of online storage, there are two major considerations, support and security. Free suites like Google (which offer free document uploads) might seem like the most cost effective solution, but support might not be provided if your documents are lost or corrupted.
Look for Local Shared Storage
With traditional warehouse space, you'll need to consider the necessary evils of business rates, service charges, utilities and sales tax - plus upfront deposits. This outlay can make it unappealing, especially for start-ups wanting to keep expenses down. One solution might be to look at space sharing with other smaller companies, finding partners that will contribute to renting a room in a warehouse, a floor, or the whole building.
Business Storage Space - Scarce For Most Small Businesses
Use Your Storage Unit as a Distribution Hub
Self storage units can often be used as a distribution hub to package up goods for delivery so you can treat it as your own personal stock room. If there is any other type of work you think you’d need to undertake regularly from the storage room, speak with the store manager for prior approval.
Leave Space to Work In
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to storage, is having only enough room for the stock itself. This makes it much more difficult and unpleasant when it comes to organising or turning around your inventory - not to mention making it difficult to access older merchandise that might be at the back.
Add a Desk and a Chair
The simple addition of this furniture to a storage room can make turning around stock much more pleasant.
Segment Stock in Separate Spaces
Another clever use of space is to divide different products – sale inventory and point of sale stock for example – into different rooms. This can make it easier to break up and turn around, and can help you better keep track of quantities.
Consider Proximity to a Post Office
If your storage space is being used as a distribution hub, also consider access to main roads and proximity to a Post Office can be a great time saver.
Get Storage with a Phone Signal
If your storage building is off-site, make sure to check your mobile phone connection in the room itself. Not only will this allow colleagues and truck drivers to call you if there's an issue, it means you can use a dongle for Internet access too, especially important if your business is online and you need to field queries from customers.