More and more people are deciding to start their own business on Etsy, selling their own creative, vintage, and/or handmade goods. In fact, the company has literally changed the way we shop for handmade gifts, turning 1,000 customers into 1 million in a very short time.
As these self-start businesses become more popular, the inventory of materials inevitably increases, and storing everything at home while you try to run a business out of that home can be tricky (especially if you sell larger items, like large sculptures or furniture, and you have thousands of customers). For many of these business owners, renting a storage unit is the only option in terms of running your business professionally and staying sane.
Spaces Ideal for Small Businesses
For those running a business who have simply run out of room and are looking for a storage space, many find that a larger storage unit—with 1,000 square feet or so—allows them to have both their shop and storage needs met in one spot. A 10×40 unit typically provides 400 square feet (approximately the size of a small garage), so smaller businesses can always start out with that space and upgrade if necessary. And for businesses that simply want to store off-season materials, even a 120 square foot space can work for them. Fortunately, the storage units offered have built-in flexibility—you can get a 10×20, 10×30, etc.—whatever makes the most sense for you and your business.
The Benefits – and Necessity – of Having a Storage Space
Having a storage space just for your shop also allows you to show prospective customers what you have in stock without involving your personal home, which can result in your business maintaining a more professional appearance, as well. It also allows you to purchase inventory materials in bulk, which can save small businesses a significant amount of money.
In addition, for any businesses dealing with furniture, appliances, documents, antiques, collectibles, photographs, electronics, candles, art materials, and other sensitive materials, note that it is absolutely crucial to have a climate-controlled space to store these items. Moisture, severe hot or cold temperatures, or even drastic changes in temperature can destroy certain materials and cost businesses owners a significant amount of money. Storage units also feature the ability to control for pests, which, if they get into your materials, can also cause destruction and money loss.
Find a Vancouver Storage Unit That Works for You
Iron Gate storage has five conveniently located facilities in Vancouver alone. Our mission is to help small businesses in our community by developing strong relationships and offering a one-stop shop experience. We offer a variety of amenities to those operating their own businesses, including various supplies, fax services, internet cafes, truck rentals, and more. To obtain more information, contact us today.
Vancouver, WA 98661