Whether you have recently hired new employees and are now running out of space in your office, or your company is currently being run from a spare room which is now piled high with stock and stationary – what your business really needs is storage!
This could be data storage so you can remove the rows of cabinets full of paper or physical storage for stock, spare furniture and equipment – or both! This is imperative if you want your business to succeed because a cluttered space is bad for morale, efficiency and productivity.
But choosing the right provider to look after these very important items is vital, so before you put your sensitive information or expensive equipment just anywhere, there are a few things you need to consider first!
Do your research…
The items you are going to put into storage are an imperative part of your livelihood so you don’t want to just send them off to the first place you find. Look around – know your options and compare them. Read reviews and ask for advice from other business owners who have used storage. While researching you must also consider the following…
Where is it located? You can find storage units across the country, but you need it to be close enough to your office so it is easy to pick items up as and when you need.
How accessible is it? Ideally you need 24-hour access, 7 days a week. You don’t want to have to put your business on hold, or potentially miss out on a business opportunity because you can’t access the items/information that you need from storage.
Is the space big enough to store everything you need? Remember your company is still growing, so while you might take items out every so often, you will almost definitely be adding items to it on a fairly regular basis.
How safe is it? Are there security measures in place to guarantee that nothing happens to your belongings? Ideally you want to see proof of this – CCTV, pin code access, security guards, alarm systems and so on.
How much will it cost you? While storage is important, it will also be an outgoing for your company. Security is much more important, so don’t forgo this for a cheaper price – but if you are trying to choose between several, cost may play a part in your decision.
Does the company have a good reputation? These is where reading reviews comes in – if several people are saying they are disappointed with the service because their items have been lost or damaged, then it’s probably best to avoid them! However, if it has glowing, five star reviews from happy customers who feel that their items have been kept safe and secure, then you know you are on to a winner. If for any reason you don’t feel happy with the company, don’t use it. After all, when it comes to your business it is better to be safe than sorry!
This post is in association with readysteadystore.com