Running a Business From a Storage Unit: 3 Things to Consider

Posted on: 28 February 2017


Increasing numbers of Australians are starting to run their businesses from storage units. If you are looking for new business premises, this could be a solution for you. Using a storage unit as a base for your business can bring many advantages. However, it is not a suitable choice for everyone. Below is a guide to 3 things you should consider before setting up your business in a storage unit.

The size of your business

The first thing you should think about is the size of your business. If you are just starting out and work alone or if you have a very small staff and not very much equipment, a storage unit could be ideal for you. Money can often be tight during the early days of running a business so the reduced rental cost can really help you to balance the books. However, if you are running an established business which has a dozen or more staff and a lot of equipment, moving to a storage unit may not be the best solution. However, you may still be able to make use of a storage shed to store spare equipment or for use as an overflow office space.

The level of access you require

Do your business offer a 24-hour service or does it stick to the standard hours of 9 to 5? Before moving your business into a storage unit, you should carefully check the hours when you will be able to access the site. Some storage facilities are happy to let customers have unlimited access to the site, whereas others will restrict access.

The address you will give to customers and clients

If a customer or client discovers that you are operating out of a storage unit, it could make them think that your company isn't as reliable as a competitor which operates from a bricks and mortar premises. You should think carefully about the business address you will give out to your clients. One solution to this problem is to hire a PO Box from the local post office so that clients will not see the storage unit address on their invoices and account statements.

Starting your business from storage unit can be a great way to get your company off the ground. Major companies such as Google and Amazon were all started in garages, so the sky really is the limit. If you would like to find out more about the benefits a storage unit could bring to your business, you should contact a self-storage company today.