Electricians, carpenters and plumbers can take advantage of bulk purchasing discounts by storing surplus pipes, lumber and materials. Some residential neighborhoods have ordinances that will not allow work trucks or machines parked in driveways, rent a parking space at your nearby self storage yard. Large equipment storage is available at some facilities for items like Bobcats, backhoes and air compressors. Office rentals are available at select locations for the small growing contractor business. High speed internet is usually included. Small companies can be more professional and the business owner no longer has to take his work home with him. Conference rooms may be available for an extra fee. Retail Overstock and seasonal items can be kept in a secure and clean unit until needed. Unused store displays and shelving units are also common inhabitants of storage units. Avoid tripping over sales representative samples and exhibits; pack them away for that next presentation. Office Cutting back on your office space temporarily could result in extra furniture and office machines. Stow them away until business increases and you need them again. Rental fees are less than replacing these items and they are legitimate business expenses you can write off on your taxes. Today many records are filed in a digital format but there are still many reports and contracts that must be stored for a number of years in case of an audit. Safely file them in a climate controlled, dry unit. Free up file cabinets by emptying their contents into file boxes and storing them away until they can be destroyed. Perhaps your business is growing and you need to make space for more employees. Take the contents of that supply room to the self storage and set up a few more desks or make a meeting room with the extra space without the added expense of moving to a larger office with higher rent. Home Based Businesses Today’s economy has forced many people to re-evaluate their sources of income. There has been a major increase in home based businesses like Mary Kay, vending companies, and many other home distribution type businesses. Companies that rent large inflatable jump houses and games often use the convenience of a self storage garage to store these large and heavy items. Insurance An important factor that is often overlooked when comparing storage companies is insurance coverage. A convenient location is essential but do not omit the value of security and access. Verify what the facility will cover in case of damage. For business items, check with your insurance agent regarding coverage of your assets. You may be required to take out an additional blanket policy to cover those items. Safe Storage USA has been helping businesses in Oakland, California for over 35 years.
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