Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.
Annie: How about Shurgard?
I’m interested in setting up a self storage business, would like to know which company is a better choice? I myself feel EZ Storage is not bad but it’s not on the list.
Do you have any experience that can share with me?
My name is Horace and I have been in the U.S. Army for 22 years now, which I plan on retiring in the next two years. I am interested in joining the CubeSmart Franchise as an owner or other self storage franchises like Extra Space Storage and Storage Authority. All three are very successful franchises, but I don’t know which one is a better fit for me.
I just acquired a piece of land to build 2 office buildings and one of the levels will be indoor storage units. I will have to create a franchise or purchase one to fill the space. Any recommendations?
I am a 47 year old stay at home mom and me and my fiance will be getting married in May of this year. My youngest is graduating high school also in May, so I’ve got the empty nest syndrome going on. My fiance is retired from driving a truck which he did for 30 years or so. I would LOVE to find some sort of business to get into, but have no clue where to start, especially with me not having a college degree. I went to nursing school right out of high school back in 1988 and finished a year of RN school and did get my Certified Nursing Asst. Certificate but never worked much bc, like I said I was a stay at home mom with my 3 children. Any ideas at all? We live in a very rural town, although a college town, of under 10,000 people.
Melodi, you already started by reading this article. I have not tried a franchise opportunity myself but would consider a limited partnership with someone interested in the same franchise. Be forewarned, that many franchises have some fairly hefty requirements when it comes to assets to support the underlying business. McDonald’s, at the the time I was interested, wanted me to work as a manager for at least 2 years at an established location and have a million in personal assets to complete the franchise application. The deal breaker for me is that they did not want absentee owner/managers. I liked their business model but could not make a career as franchise owner. That is how they weed out folks like me.
Good Luck . Keep Looking
If you already have the plans for your building and it includes the storage units why get a franchise. You can probably get marketing advice from your chamber of commerce and your builder should help with making the units secure.
If you are about to franchise, make sure you read this article because it’s really great and will help you out of your business when starting. Thanks for your help. I already have my own moving company here in Canada.
I’m not really sure how to go about what I would consider just a idea, however this idea seems like it is a good one here goes, I have my eyes on a chunk of land about four acres really close to a ever growing city now the land has a vary big and well built building on it was used to keep cows warm it is huge. Anyhow I’d like to see go in there would be a heated storage facility that goes into the earth and into the sky now the building is substantial enough to turn into this ideal facility and the land would be perfect for more storage or vehicle storage . Ultimately I have no money in the bank no capital own zero property and quite frankly living pay check to pay check my credit is fair, I’m just curious to know what do I need to do to get this idea established. Does anyone know what a guy should do?
Storage and self storage services is a growing industry and have a big scope of boom in the future. Thank you for sharing the post.