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December 2018 –9 Steps To Decide if Self Storage Is For You!

December 2018 Newsletter

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Storage Authority® News

We want to take a moment and say thanks to all our family, friends, vendors and franchisees for being a part of our lives and success in 2018!  We are forecasting  2019 to be a blockbuster year for self-storage and for Storage Authority Franchise owners.

As the holidays approach it’s often hard to concentrate on business. Self Storage rentals do tend to slow down around the holidays (December & January) but for us, it is the most important time of the year, as this is when we check & update just about everything.  And plan and set our goals for next year.

Some of the many items checked off the 2018 Storage Authority list:

  • New franchise websites – rent online
  • Social Reputation platform provided for franchise owners
  • Cloud drive set up for easy access to manuals, forms, products etc
  • Office sign manual  completed
  • 12+ new approved vendors
  • Contractors & Designers added to our approved vendor list
  • National real estate broker added to our approved vendor list.
  • Updated Managers handbook
  • Storage Authority customized forms, emails, letter etc added to SiteLink management software
  • All systems & platforms reviewed and updated
  • Implemented Late 2 lien Auction program
  • Streamlined the getting started the process
  • Storage Authority registered in more states
  • Implemented the Dynamic Ease Series for Operations, Marketing and Sales.

 Storage Authority Planning Highlights for 2019 

  • Expand our services and improve our existing services to our franchise owners
  • Add a minimum of one new vendor a month to improve our Franchisees efficiency and profits.
  • Implement monthly training newsletter on new systems and technology for owners & managers.
  • Implement regular interviews and discussions with owners on pain points to find better ways we can serve Franchise owners.
  • Attend, present and meet friends at the April 2019 ISS World Self Storage Expo in Las Vegas
  • Provide training on new IOE tools
  • Provide guides and workshop on using website analytics for more profits
  • Provide guides and workshops on social marketing for more profits.
  • Provide guides and workshops on why website and google reviews will make you rich and how to get 10 reviews every single month.
  • 1 new Franchise purchased per month
  • New franchisee facilities open in PA, NJ, TX, FL, NY, VT, MA & More


Time is running out to finish your Christmas shopping. Maybe a best selling self-storage book on development would be a good gift for someone you know? If so check out www.SelfStorageMarketing101.com  You will find three books by our President Marc Goodin that will make your profits soar.

Our President was asked to be the moderator for a roundtable table discussion at the April Las Vegas, Inside Self Storage Expo. The topic is using available web data to make investment decisions for new self-storage development.  It is going to be a great discussion. We hope to see you there.  We would love to grab a coffee with you?  Give Garret a call at 941-928-1354 to set up a time to grab a coffee together.

If you missed Marc’s two articles about self-storage feasibility studies in the ISS magazine here are the links:


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As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
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If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)

Vendor Highlight

Our vendor list is growing every month.  Instead of highlighting a single vendor this month we want to give you two actual examples of how important quality pre-approved vendors are and how they make our franchisees successful.As Ed prepares to open his Storage Authority Franchise this month he has a ton of last minute things to do:

He did not have to find a quality shirt vendor.   A call to our approved shirt vendor and to quality logo polo shirts was on the way.

A call to our lock supplier and Storage Authority logo locks were delivered.

No need to worry about gate & office signage.  They are all detailed in a manual by our office & gate sign vendor and available with a couple of clicks. Again no need to reinvent the wheel.

Business cards, rack cards, marketing cards – a couple of minutes on our printers website and pre-designed marketing materials personalized to the Franchises store are on the way.

Time to use Sitelink management software to the maximum.  No problem it comes preloaded with Storage Authority late schedule and fees, letters, emails, notices etc.

If a client does not pay – no problem they go right into the Late 2 Lien auction program when they hit 30 days late. Putting renters in the auction at 30 days vs 60, 90 or when you get around to, increases your profits.

With a simple call our insurance vendor Storsmart, the insurance is loaded into SiteLink and ED is ready to protect his investment and collect added income for each renter.

And our vendors are also a huge part of your quality construction process.  Just last week on another facility under construction shop drawings was submitted for review and it was easy to make them upgrade the proposed product:

When your contractor submits shop drawings for aluminum decorative perimeter fencing with 1/4″ pickets you refer them back to the fencing detail by our approved vendor in their contract – Steel (not aluminum) with 1/2″ pickets not 1/4″

Same goes for other construction items like the kiosk, gate systems, buildings etc where pre-approved vendors and their specifications save our franchisees time and money.

You can see a hand full of approved vendors (below) and on the home page of our website www.StoageAuthorityFranchise.com

9 Steps To Decide if Self Storage Is For You.

1. Make a written a list of why self-storage is for you. If you are not willing to take this step no need to go any further.

2. Set a time frame and date to decide if self-storage is right for you now.  If you are not willing to take this step no need to go any further.  Often 2 months is more than enough time to get the facts.

3. Read Marc Goodin’s 2 Self Storage books. If you are not willing to take this step no need to go any further.

4. Order the Inside Self Storage Magazine.  While you are on the site you can search Marc Goodin for articles on self-storage development & marketing.

5. Count your cash. You need $450,000.

6. Make a list of the pros & cons. And update your list why self-storage is for you.

7. Share items 1-6 with your spouse.

8. Realize you will not have more time next year or the year after.  If self-storage is for you, you will have to make the time.  You could have and should have done items 1-7 in less than 2 weeks if you have a passion and goal of owning your own business.

9. Make a list of the first 20 things you will need to do to start your self-storage journey.  If you got to this step and completed it congratulations I am sure you on the right track to owning a self-storage soon.
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Storage Authority® experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to building your facility, to operations, to driving your revenue year on year.  If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits. Call Garrett at 941-928-1345 for more information.

 

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What Makes You Happy and Excited to be Alive?

I love campfires! Marc Goodin CEO Storage Authority

A campfire provides a time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family!

Before I retired from my civil Engineering career in 2009 I maybe enjoyed a fire once every 5 years.  Simple… no time.  It is amazing how things change drastically when you decide what you want to do every day.  I am guessing I had well over 60 fires in 2018.When you retire or semi-retire what will you do?  When money and time is not an issue what will you do?

Maybe self-storage is the right vehicle to make your dreams come true. It was for me!

Just like Self Storage You Must Think Ahead and be prepared to enjoy your campfires

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1) That’s my summer office.  Notice the fire pit. I enjoyed a fire 3 times a week all summer2) That is my wife GP and two of her sisters.  We never let a little rain get in the way of a good fire.

3) The first thing we did was install a wood stove in our cottage so we could enjoy a good fire and lunch on the fire during construction.

4)  If you are going to have a fire you need wood.  Here is my wife GP with 2 of her brothers ready to head home with a good load of wood.

Clockwise

1)  While building our river cottage this fall we often had a fire going inside and out.  The scrap construction wood keeps the fire going all the time.

2) When we are up north for Christmas we enjoy hanging out in the garage with the wood stove going.  That me by GP’s brother wood stove in his huge garage.  That stove can take 3-foot monster logs.

3) Our friends know to invite us over when they are going to have a fire.  This fire is at our friends Daniel & Pauls cabin in the woods.

4) We converted our garage up north to a hangout with a pellet stove.  It is always full of family and friends who just randomly stop by. Everyone loves the fire!

1) My favorite annual summer fire is when I cook a chicken and shish kabobs on my homemade tinfoil oven above my campfire.

2)  I even bought my son Lee a fire pit for Christmas a couple of years back so we could sit back and relax when we visit.  And his 2 young boys and Tiffany love it as well.

I am sure there are a ton of things you would do if you had more time. Would it be worth working hard for 5 years so you had all the time in the world to enjoy the things you love to do for the rest of your life?

Just a thought – No matter what, most people are likely going to be working hard anyway?

 

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November 2018-Self Storage High Touch + High Tech = $$$$$

 

 

 November 2018 Newsletter

Storage Authority® News

If you are not using psychology-based marketing like the retail and hotel industries you are leaving big $$$$ on the table.  And psychology-based marketing starts with your website.

We have just launched our new websites.  They are vibrant for both our clients and for Google ( ie SEO friendly).  Choosing a facility is often more of a feeling based than a fact-based decision.  Notice how we evoke emotion over intellect with our rotating action hero photos, quotes, and site layout.   Emotion is a huge ingredient in buying and rental decisions.

Why do they rent at Storage Authority?  It just feels right!

Have you ever wondered why so many companies, like McDonald’s and Burger King, use red in their logos? Red attracts attention!  Of course, both our logo color, name, and tagline were carefully chosen to get in the minds of our clients and produce more rentals.

You hear a lot of talk about renting online but if you take a closer look 95% are glorified reservation sites that require renters to go to the office to complete the process before they get access. How does this help your potential clients who want to move in on Sunday when you are closed?  It does not.  Our websites allow you to rent and move in after hours. For now, we decided to allow them to move in with the requirement they need to bring a copy of their photo ID within three days of their move-in date to keep their gate code activated.  It won’t be long before we can get a photocopy of ID with the online Rental.

We believe in both the high touch and high tech approach.  This allows our renters the amenities and the most options possible.  And keeps franchise owners second highest expense, the managers salary reasonable. In case you did not know, taxes are your number 1 expense.  The days of having an office open from 8 am to 7 pm – 7 days a week are long gone. Time for the kiosks and website to take care of our clients some of the time.  I just saw a 7-11 fully automated – no employees.  It is time to embrace choices.

Most renters will find there local Storage Authority website via a direct link. Here is one example site: www.StorageAuthorityWaltersRd.com

We also have the  Storage Authority Corporate rental site that provides all the Storage Authority locations – Good for SEO and one more way for renters to find us.  Check it out: www.StorageAuthority.com

Don’t forget to check them out on your phone and ipad to see how well they adjust to screen size. We love reviews so If your impressed go ahead and leave a review on the website.

Thanks for the great work G5!  You can get more info on G5 website by emailing Christina at: Christina.powell@getg5.com

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As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
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If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)
 

Vendor Highlight

It really takes an experienced in-house team along with a group of vendors dedicated to you, to develop and operate a premier self-storage facility.  We are fortunate to have both at Storage Authority. Here are a couple of recently approved Vendor highlights.


Converting an old Walmart or other box store is often a great way to develop a new facility and save time.  We are happy to announce our latest approved vendor Janus international who is the best of the best when it comes to conversions.

Janus International (JanusIntl.com) is the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key self-storage building solutions including roll-up and swing doors, hallway systems and relocatable storage units, and door automation tools. The Janus team operates out of several U.S. locations. Here is their contact info – let them know Marc @ Storage Authority sent them.

Richard Lillie
Southeast Sales Manager
404-427-7025   www.janusintl.com

When it’s just weeks before you open there are a ton of things to do from making sure the locks are up on the slat walls to checking your website just set up by Storage Authority.  Franchisees don’t have the time to prepare their marketing materials so we have done it for them with the help of Dupli.

Dupli – Brent Dufour
203-913-2276

Franchise owners business cards, rack cards, grand opening postcards, marketing cards etc are all prepared for you and ready to go!

One of my favorites it the Storage Authority Cube!

We are excited to announce our vendor partnership with Design Develop Construct, LLC who provide self-storage construction throughout the US.

Aric Platt, LEED AP
Vice President
Design Develop Construct, LLC
3601 Rigby Road, Suite 300, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
D: (937) 401-3821 O: (937) 610-1500 C: (513) 200-9001
Email: aplatt@ddcconstruct.com | Website: www.ddcconstruct.com

We look forward to doing a lot of projects with Aric and his team!

Self Storage Bidding Tips You Can Use Today

Twelve items you need to provide/require in your construction bid package.

1. A list of all site and building plans with revision dates.
2. A geo-tech report and any other soils information
3. Site & building specifications.
4. A list of any specific products or vendors to be used like gates, steel fence
, Open  Tech Kiosk & Gate access system, building manufacture etc.
5. Payment timing and payment holdbacks based upon your banks standard. Updated lien waivers to be provided prior to each payment
6. A list of items not in the bid.
7. A list of items in the bid that might be overlooked
8. A schedule
9. Who is responsible for permits & fees
10. Who is responsible for testing and the testing requirements.
11. A requirement for weekly updates on progress and schedule update
12. A requirement that construction progress pictures are uploaded weekly to a photo sharing website.

Poor planning and incomplete plans and specs are a disaster waiting to happen.

Storage Authority experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to building your facility, to operations, to driving your revenue year on year.  If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits. Call Garrett at 941-928-1345 for more information.

 

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H.Jackson Brown Jr,

 

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I love to build things! Marc Goodin CEO Storage Authority

The Cottage on the River Part 1

We bought a cabin for the price of the land with the idea it would be a neat place to hang out now and them.  It basically had no amenities, no utilities.  So why did we buy it?  It had a beautiful fishing river – my dream. Is self-storage the right vehicle to make your dreams come true? After a couple of visits, we loved the place so much my wife GP decided to do a total renovation.

So just like Self Storage we:

Took our time to find the right location at the right price. It can take several months to find a good self-storage site. We looked at a few places that were 10 feet from the river.  We did some research and found they flooded out once every several years so we were happy to find our place on the hillside out of the flood waters.

Building it to last for the next generation – New metal roof, new windows, new septic system, inside down to studs for new utilities, insulations, and walls!

Problem #1 No foundation, the cottage was on wood blocks.  Soils are clay so the sinking wood blocking had to be redone yearly. Adding a foundation for $40K was not a happy thought.  We thought way outside the box and found a metal pier contractor with a small drilling rig willing to go inside the house and install 23 piers through holes we cut in the floor.  We had to crawl in the dirt for the carrying beams but it solved the problem at a small fraction of the cost of a new foundation.  Many new self-storage developers are going have to think outside the box and have a big dream in order to take the first step!

Just like Self Storage You Must Think Ahead and Enjoy the Journey.

One of the first things we did was to fix up the wood stove and make it operational.  The heat, not to mention morning bagels at break time and even lunch cooked on the wood stove is a treat every day as we headed from fall into winter.

The two bedrooms were about 8′ x 8′.  It did not make sense to spend a ton of money not to have a master bedroom so we put on an addition.  We also took one bedroom and made a huge bathroom!  Again are you thinking “what do my self-storage clients, need & want?

The 4 inch Smart trim around the windows & on corners makes a world of difference every time we drive up!  25% to 50% of your clients will decide to rent from you based upon your drive by and drive in appearance! Do you see the birch trees in the window?  The will be saved in our oversized deck out to the river!

Check out the size of the deck in progress.  There are two large birch trees in the deck and overlooks the hillside garden I created from a hillside of the brush. I love to garden. And what a view of the river from the deck!

I am going to love to relax with a glass of red wine on our deck next summer!  Soon I will share some of the smaller features that make a huge difference.

 

 

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Chapter 11 Self Storage Construction

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Twenty-six items you want to remember during the Construction process to save you time and money.

 

  1. Research and completely specify as many items as possible. Construction allowances/change orders and extras always seem to cost a lot more than if they were in the original specifications and contracts. Even simple things like who pays for the temporary power, dumpster and temporary bathroom facility make a difference.
  1. You will need both construction and specialized self-storage insurance. For construction, you will need Builders Risk and general liability insurance.

In addition to the standard Property and Business Liability coverage, you may need insurance for Blanket Building and Contents, Customers’ Goods Legal Liability, Sale and Disposal, Legal Liability, Extended Business Income and other insurances post construction.

Once your site plans are approved you should contact an agent who specializes in Self Storage Insurance.  There are several things you need to consider in order to determine your self-storage insurance limits.

  1. It is recommended that construction contracts include a provision to hold back 10% of each payment until the work has been completed, including the final punch list items and the Town has completed its review and issued a final Certificate of Occupancy. Check with your bank to see what their required hold back is and make sure it is included in your bid package. Find out how often the bank will provide draws and how long after an inspection is request until the money is available.  Your contractors need to be aware and accept the payment schedules of your bank.
  1. Often you bid the job on preliminary plans. Prior to signing the final contracts make sure all parties confirm they have reviewed the latest plans and their bids are based upon these plans. This is especially important for the building erectors.  They will provide a price based upon similar buildings they have erected in the past.  But every manufacturer has different systems and components and construction times can vary.  Your building manufacturer should be able to email you a set of final plans for you to forward to your erector.  When construction starts check again to confirm everyone has the final set of plans.  You would be amazed how many times construction gets screwed up because outdated plans are used.  A list of all the current plans and last revision dates should be issued to all contractors when construction starts.
  1. There will be problems and questions. Make sure the contractor provides you a contact person both in the field and the office, including cell numbers.
  1. The contract should be clear that all change orders require signed approval by the Owner. Do not violate this requirement. This will not always eliminate change orders but will permit for you to confirm the cost and possible negotiate the costs or find other options.
  1. Your design team should determine what independent testing (typically paid directly by you) that is going to require, such as compaction test for the building base, driveway base and concrete strength testing. The contract should require your contractor to coordinate these tests and redo any work not meeting the specifications.
  1. If you are the general contractor expect discrepancy between where one contractor leaves off and the next starts and the condition of the work by the previous contractor. For example, if the grading for the floating slab is off by 1 inch it can easily be an extra couple of thousands of dollars or more in concrete.  For this example, it would be important to know how many cubic yards of concrete is included in the concrete contractor’s price and his contract should say he has to review and accept the foundation grading and excavation prior to placing any concrete forms.  Of course, if there is a discrepancy, the problem becomes scheduling and delays when the concrete contractor notifies you the site work is not right and either you have to pay extra or have the site contractor fix his work.  So whenever possible, check completed work in detail as soon as possible yourself or hire the appropriate engineer or surveyor to check for you.
  1. All contracts should make it clear who pays for the building permit, who is responsible for inspections, as built, and any documents or inspections the Town (or bank) may need to the issue the occupancy permit. If at all possible, it is recommended the contractor be required to hire a licensed surveyor to stake out the buildings and set proper grades. If you hire the surveyors you often have to pay for several stakeouts, as the contractor will inevitably knock out the stakeout survey stakes.  Also, if you hire the surveyor you will be responsible if there are any discrepancies or errors.
  1. Don’t forget to make sure the contracts include bringing the various required underground utility conduits and utilities for phase 2.
  1. It is a good practice to visit the construction site every day during construction. There are always plan interpretations and changes or corrections to be made. Scheduling constantly needs to be reviewed.  Often, what you told the foreman today is not relayed to the new foreman the next day.
  1. Makes sure the limits of construction are properly staked in the field prior to the start of construction. Any trees in the limits of construction or near construction you want saved should be barricaded with fencing or hay bales prior to the start of construction otherwise they are very likely to be eliminated during construction.
  1. Make sure the erosion control silt fence is securely in place prior to the start of construction. One rainstorm can make a mess if the silt fence is not properly installed.
  1. Check to confirm they are compacting the fill in 8” layers per the contract. Contractors like to save time by filling and compact a couple of feet at a time.
  1. Check that the rebar and wire mesh is installed for all the concrete per the plans. Hint: neither should be on the ground.
  1. For a single-story metal building there is typically a 1.5” lip in the concrete foundation edge to make sure no water gets in the building. This is done with the use of a 2 x 10. If the concrete under the 2 x 10 is not vibrated extremely well, and even then, sometimes, there will be air pockets under the 2 x 10 that create surface voids the size of a silver dollar and larger when the boards are removed. Let the contractor know in advance about this concern.  Insist they take off the 2 x 10’s while the finish crew is still there.  If there is a problem, it needs to be fixed while the concrete is “wet”.  If they wait until the next day to fill in the voids, it is extremely likely after a winter or two all the filled-in patches will pop out and require expensive ongoing maintenance.
  1. It is critical that the entrance gate opening and the entrance and exit keypads be staked in the field, so you can try them with your car prior to their installation. What looks good on paper often is a difficult maneuver for a car in the field and can be corrected with ease if done prior to construction.
  1. Make sure the office windows and doors sizes and locations are coordinated long before the contractors show up. Often, approximate locations and sizes are provided until a window manufacturer is chosen.
  1. Make sure the concrete is sealed the day after the concrete is poured. This will not only help the concrete cure but also just as important, keep the concrete dust down for your renters.
  1. The concrete saw cuts should be done as soon as possible after the concrete is poured, typically no later than the next day. This helps reduce the number of visual cracks.
  1. After the office concrete floor is in, draw the office floor plan, including interior walls, desk and cabinets on the concrete floor with a maker. It is easy to make a change now.
  2. Make sure your communication wires and electric wires to the gate controller are in separate conduits.
  1. Layout your perimeter fence for review before the fence installers come. There are typically conflicts and options. You will want to take time to review.
  1. Often one of the biggest problems is construction scheduling. Review the schedule in detail with all contractors, including the building manufacturer. The scheduling should be reviewed when the request for bids are submitted, again when the contracts are signed and again when construction starts.  Delays due to scheduling are one of the most stressful parts of construction.  Add some buffer time to your schedule.
  1. Your bid document should require all contactors and sub-contractors to provide proof of insurance. The bid documents should further require all contractors and sub-contractor to wear hard hats and meet all local and OSHA job site safety requirements.
  1. Often the building manufactures will require large deposits and final payment on or prior to the delivery of the buildings. These fees should be reviewed with both your contractor and your bank to insure there will not be a cash flow problem. Sometimes the size of the deposit can be negotiated but full payment upon building delivery or prior to delivery is typically required.
  1. If you build your own buildings or if you hire local guys who are building self storage buildings for the first time remember temporary bracing is required and not shown on the construction plans. Temporary bracing is required in all directions until the final construction of the entire frame. You can see some of the bracing in the photos below.

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That’s me in Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada, and my first international project!  When you start construction, your marketing must be full speed ahead.

 

Have development questions?  We are ready to help.  Marc 860-830-6764

 

 

October Newsletter 2018–Fake Doors Not Fake News

 

Storage Authority® News


Here is a picture along the main road looking at the corner office and the extended wall along the road. With the raised corner office details, including a kiosk, trim and Storage Authority building signage, it is going to look great.  Can you spot what is missing?  Your right, there is no better signage than self-storage doors.  Of course, you need more than just a row of doors. Landscaping and treatment at the office and building corner will make a world of difference.

Here is a shot after the fake doors have been added. Can’t wait to see once the landscaping goes in.

New potential franchise often ask us why business professionals like themselves are coming on board with Storage Authority and there are two simple reasons:

1) In the short run while they still have their jobs they want to have real financial security.  Even stop reading the menu from right to left.  Self Storage plus Storage Authority is the best way to make that happen for many people.

2) In the long run, they want real financial security without a job during retirement. Even skip asking what the price of the seasonal surf & turf is and take on one or two or many hobbies no matter how expensive they may be. Self Storage and Storage Authority is the best way to make that happen for many people.

In case you missed the OpenTech Alliance Press Release:

CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY
Storage Authority Chooses OpenTech’s Smart Connected Self-Storage Technology

For Immediate Release

October 1st, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ. OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced Storage Authority, a rapidly growing self-storage franchise company, will be implementing OpenTech’s smart-connected technology at all their newly developed locations. Marc Goodin, Civil Engineer and Co-Founder of Storage Authority, designed and permitted his first self-storage facility over 25 years ago. Marc commented, “By utilizing the OpenTech family of products our customers have more conveniences at their fingertips which means we win out over our competition.”

Having been involved in this industry, Marc can clearly see we have entered a pivotal turning point in the self-storage industry. “We’re now selling what’s outside the four walls of a storage unit, not what’s inside. Furthermore, we are in the people business, somewhere between the banking and hotel industries,” added Marc.

To address this shift, Marc’s strategy for his franchisees is to leverage technological advances to increase operational efficiencies and focus on the customer experience. Some of the ways he is leveraging technology is by having an INSOMNIACTM kiosk onsite at every property, outsourcing inbound leads through INSOMNIACTM Live! Call Center services, offering customers hands-free access through INSOMNIACTM CIA and the Storage Genie tenant mobile app and utilizing OpenTech’s IoE integrations such as HVAC and Alexa.

Robert Chiti, President and CEO of OpenTech Alliance, emphasized the point, “Every technology we develop is designed entirely to help self-storage operators work smarter and more efficiently. In today’s business environment you’ve got to use all the tools available to create a competitive advantage, and at OpenTech we’ve got one heck of a tool chest.”

As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
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If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)
Vendor Highlight

One of the main key team members in developing a self-storage project is the Architect. A good Architect is going to make sure your facility can be constructed efficiently and both looks great and feels great.  We are excited to have Ed Hegra on board as our approved East Coast Designer. I recommend you connect with him on LinkedIn In to see some of the great projects he is working on.
Not only do we help our Franchise owners with the big stuff, we also help them with hundreds of little things as well.  We have several Manuals and Vendors that understand Storage Authority Sales & marketing philosophies and self-storage.  They include customized Graphic Art Manual, Site Sign & Building Sign Manual, Marketing Material and more  We are happy to announce our newest Manual: Gate and Office signs by Signquick.   What normally would take hours is now a matter of minutes so our Franchisee can concentrate on the business of marketing their facilities for higher profits.
Here are a couple more professional personalized signs by Signquick.
Give Jenny a call for self-storage needs!
Jenny ErwinSales & Marketing Specialist P:  281-474-1313
E: sales@signquick.com
W: SIGNQUICK.COM

Our launch of individual franchise owners websites by G5 is minutes away. It is hard to share how you are different on a website but we’ve done it!

 If your website is not getting you, customers, every day as well as online renters you need to call G5’S Christina Powell  541.306.3383  If you can not rent online time for a new website.
YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS TO SAY EVERYTHING IN PICTURES & WORDS!

Industry News & Tips You Can Use Today
Eleven signs that help you market your facility.


1. People love the free Vacuum Card!


2.  The good old fashion refer a friend with a twist – you each get $30.


3. Free box card works wonders!


4. This is a new gate sign we are having made in the Storage Authority Colors as we write. I like $30 off much better!


5. Saw this one online.  What do you think? Email me at marc@StorageAuthority.com


6. The super-sized candy sign that makes everyone feel good!


7.  Scarcity Sign – 1 left


8. Gone Fishing Sign – my personal favorite.


9. Boxes & Pumpkin Sign


10. Trifecta, sandwich board, open flag & banner flag!


11. We need more signs of love!


12. Hand out signs work great all year long.  Just remember they are not for the office.

Storage Authority experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to operations, to driving your revenue year on year.  If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits. Call Garrett at 941-928-1345 for more information.

ARE YOU READY?

Click here to Get Pre-Qualified to Begin your Journey to Financial Freedom with Storage Authority Franchising!

“If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.”
 Marissa Mayer, president & CEO of Yahoo!

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Recent Storage Authority Blogs You Will Enjoy!

Complete Storage Authority News Room

Chapter 10 Site Plan Regulatory Approval

OpenTech Alliance Inc. Press Release.

Recent Storage Authority News Letters

September 2018 Newsletter–Grand Opening Soon!

July 2018–Roof Tops are on Getting Ready to Rent

 

Storage Authority Video of the Month

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Chapter 10 Site Plan Regulatory Approval

Seven items you DO NOT want to forget to bring to your Wetlands Commission meetings for a faster approval.

1. A colored rendering is a Must. While many items like the building design or looks are not supposed to be a part of the wetlands commission purview, but a pretty picture goes a long way.

2. Pictorial information about your facility. Pictures of cameras, TV monitors, fencing, access gate, lighting, signage, office, mounted on a single board tells a great story about your security.

3. Know your facilities policy on prohibition of storage of hazardous materials. Provide a copy of your lease provision prohibiting hazardous materials. Provide a copy of the sign to be posted in your office prohibiting hazardous materials. Give an explanation that includes how you know your customers, i.e. a copy of every renter’s driver license, home & work phone numbers, email address, a second contact person etc. An explanation in detail how the staff is required to walk and inspect the site several times a day can help give the commission confidence there will not be a problem at the facility.

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4. If you are going to rent units for car storage (which is worth fighting for!) be prepared to explain the steps you will take to insure gasoline will not leak and cause a problem. If you can’t figure this one out email me and I will point you in the right direction. (Hint: look up the requirements for cars in public buildings like a car show in your civic center and include the 2 or 3 safety items in your lease.) Also, you should only rent for cars that are registered and insured, i.e. no problem cars.

5. While you (and your engineer) always had to be prepared to explain the storm drainage design and storm drainage detention design, now it is common to provide detailed (and expensive) storm water quality best management practices. Make sure you personally understand these site features and the required maintenance, so the commission has confidence that they not only will be built but you, as the owner, personally understand the importance of maintaining them.

6. Make sure that you and your engineer have walked the wetlands, even though your soil scientist is coming to the meeting. Your knowledge of the property could help turn the deciding vote your way.

7. Early on in the design process you should have confirmed there are no endangered species on the site. Often the Department of Environmental Protection can provide areas of know or reported endangered species. Be prepared to confirm there are no endangered or threatened species or be prepared to discuss the impact to endangered or threatened species if they exist.

Ten items you don’t want to forget to bring to your Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, which can make a difference.

1. All the items you brought to the wetlands meeting.

2. Bring all the professionals (you can afford), design engineer, landscape designer, traffic engineer, architect and attorney if customary in your town. But a single presenter can do the majority, if not the entire presentation.

3. Office hours and gate hours.

4. Samples of the building materials, including colors.

5. Light photo metrics to show the light does not impact neighbors. A manufacturer’s detail sheet for full cutoff lights is helpful. LED lights cost more to install but will pay for themselves in a short time and save you money for many years. Let them know you are a green builder and will be using energy efficient LED lighting.

6. A copy of a standard lease. You can get one from your state’s self-storage association.

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7. Knowledge of your marketing study to confirm the need for self-storage in the area. Again, this should not be part of the commission decision process, but I have had the questioned asked several times. Let them know it’s a benefit to the area as most of your customers will be the people located within 5 miles or less from your property.

8. The owner should attend all meetings and be prepared to let the commission know they are an expert on self-storage and are excited about being a part of the community. Be prepared to make concessions the night of the meeting if necessary to get an approval.

9. Be prepared to rebuff the many myths about self-storage such as; noise; drugs; low value; no taxes; people living in units; used mostly by people from out of town; ugly; self-storage does not mix with residential uses; high traffic, etc.

10. Be prepared to present a traffic study. Traffic is often a concern if there is any opposition. If the Town did not require one as part of your application, I would at least have a simple on page summary for the estimated daily and peak hour traffic generation. This can be very beneficial to show that self-storage is one of the lowest traffic generators and has less traffic than typical retail, office, businesses and even a residential subdivision.

Self-storage is a local business. The majority of your renters will be people from town. Early in the design phase you will have to determine the percentage of climate control units for your site. Often the outside of the Climate Control building will have non-climate control units with doors directly to the driveway.

September 2018 Newsletter–Grand Opening Soon!

 

 

Storage Authority® News

Our three newest Storage Authority® Franchise owners are scouting land in northern Philadelphia and southern NJ. Their experience as owners of several food franchises is helping them get off to a fast start.

In Florida construction is moving along well for our First Florida Storage Authority® Franchise slated to open late this year. The second Florida Franchise location is underway with the Land Option to buy completed, and the site design in progress.

We will be flying out next month for the grand opening of our first completed facility in Texas.  If you would like to meet with us in Houston when we are there give us a call.

Thanks for all the great feedback on the recent article ” Why Franchising for Self Storage” by Marc Goodin our President, published in the Mini Messenger Self Storage magazine.  It is too long to reprint the entire article here but here the few paragraphs you will enjoy.

Self Storage Franchising Works!
By Marc Goodin

We know franchising works for many businesses like hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, and others because we spend our money with them on a regular basis. A new franchise opens every 8 minutes of every business day. Franchises generate 2.3 trillion dollars a year in the US. But you may be asking yourself will it work for self-storage?  Well, you’re not alone, many industries throughout time have questioned the concept of Franchising, most notably Hotel and Restaurant owners, who had the same question – will it work for my industry.  But as you drive down any main street, you can see they became believers.

The emergence of Large Self-Storage Corporate Operators, including REITS, present risks to the independent owner as large experience operators are expanding rapidly in every region in the US, taking market share from their less sophisticated independent operators. A Franchise will bring Large operator systems and technologies without taking control from the owner.  Brand identity in all sectors of retail (Hotel, Restaurant, Self Storage Etc.) is becoming the dominant driving force in marketing your product to the public, with the customer demanding consistency, purchasing power, reward systems, reservation systems and more that are all identified with the brand identity that a franchise can provide.

Independent owner/ operators in many cases are not the day to day managers and therefore depend on the store’s manager to market, maintain and expand their business. Unfortunately, owners are discovering that the managers are ill-equipped with little to no operational, marketing, sales or customer service experience. And they also cannot keep up with the ever-changing technology. A Franchise would provide that owner and manager with the systems and technology to not only capture higher market share at premium rates but also be part of a scalable platform to compete and surpass the competition.

Franchising began over 40 years ago with companies like Holliday Inn and McDonald’s. They realized that franchising allowed owners time to build their business much faster because they do not have to reinvent the wheel. Quickly it was clear that by joining a team, the economy of scale, support systems, branding, training, and increased profits (that are impossible to obtain for most individuals) could be obtained by owning a franchise. This was the birth of modern Franchising! There are nearly 1 million franchises in the US. This number grows every year as more individuals seek business ownership offering benefits often not available by starting their own venture.
As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
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If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)
Vendor Highlight
We just completed Auctions at two of our locations.  Thanks to our very appreciated vendors’ Storage Treasures and Late 2 Lien, we had a bunch of renters get caught up on their rents,  put a few thousands of dollars in the bank and got units back to rent. A three-way win!
With these guys it much simpler and fast to have auctions every month, which is a must if you want to make oversized profits.  Auctions are hard work and the highest risk part of a self-storage business but these guys make it easy step by step.

RIGHT OFF THE BAT YOU: SMILE, HAVE OUR HOURS, ADDRESS & PHONE # AND RENT NOW, CALL TO ACTION!

We are happy to announce  G5 is putting the final touches on our new websites launching next month.  As you may have heard us say business ( Sales and Marketing) is 50% the environment and 50% Sales & Marketing. Together they produce the just right feeling and more rentals at premium prices.   The same goes for websites.  Websites must look and feel great and let the client find the info quickly.  PLUS they need to have the back-end technology to meet the ever-changing Google SEO requirements, ability to rent online directly from your management program, SEO so you end up on front and center on page 1 for potential client searches.  If your website is not getting you, customers, every day as well as online renters you need to call G5’S Christina Powell
541.306.3383

YOUR WEBSITE NEEDS TO SAY EVERYTHING IN PICTURES & WORDS!

Industry News & Tips You Can Use Today

Ten ways you can tell your website is outdated, losing you money and time. And to get a new one designed!

1. You don’t get full website analytics that tells you what your customers are doing on your website so you know what is important to your clients and adjust accordingly.

2.  Your renters cannot pay online.

3. Your prospects can not rent online.

4. Your customers can not sign up for autopay on your website.

5. Your online reservation is just a “contact form” and does not automatically reserve the unit in your management program.

6. It just looks outdated and does not have that modern look with calls to action.

7.  Most people will have an opinion of your facility with a 5-second glance of your website and the rest in 20 seconds even before they start reading.  Does your site have that modern bold design with pictures and background features that give that first class professional look?

8. It is not easy for you to make your own minor changes.  (You will be amazed how much of the content is there for SEO purposes so don’t make too many changes without input from designers).

9. If your website is not getting monthly maintenance, SEO and social reputation updates it is time for a new website.

10. It goes without saying if your site is not 100% responsive to all size screens from a cell phone, Ipad, laptop to a full-size computer screen it is time for a new website.

You always need to be thinking about what is important to your prospects and make it easy for them.  The time for opening your doors and getting to 90% occupancy without over the top sales and marketing are long gone.

Storage Authority experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to operations, to driving your revenue year on year.  If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits. Call Garrett at 941-928-1345 for more information.

ARE YOU READY?

Click here to Get Pre-Qualified to Begin your Journey to Financial Freedom with Storage Authority Franchising!

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” — Steve Jobs

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What Are You Organizing?

Where Else Can You………….No Where

 Storage Authority Video of the Month

Self Storage Developing Series 2 How to Find Land

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OpenTech Alliance Inc. Press Release.

 

Storage Authority Standardizes on  OpenTech Solutions

 

Date, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ. OpenTech Alliance, Inc. announced Storage Authority, a rapidly growing self-storage franchise company is implementing OpenTech’s solutions including INSOMNIAC CIA (Centralized Intelligent Access) at all their state-of-the art locations. Marc Goodin, Co-Founder of Storage Authority, designed and permitted his first self-storage facility over 25 years ago. Marc commented, “By utilizing the OpenTech family of products our customers have more conveniences at their fingertips which means we win out over our competition.”

Having been involved in this industry, Marc can clearly see we have entered a pivotal turning point in the self-storage industry. “We’re now selling what’s outside the four walls of a storage unit, not what’s inside. Furthermore, we are in the people business, somewhere between the banking and hotel industries.” added Marc.

To address this shift, Marc’s strategy for his franchisees is to leverage technological advances to focus on the customer experience and increase operational efficiencies. Some of the ways he is leveraging technology is by having an INSOMNIACTM kiosk onsite at every property, outsourcing inbound leads through INSOMNIACTM Live! Call Center services, offering customers hands-free access through INSOMNIACTM CIA and the Storage Genie tenant mobile app and utilizing OpenTech’s IoE integrations such as HVAC and Al.

Robert Chiti, President and CEO of OpenTech Alliance, emphasized the point, “Every solution we develop is designed with input from thousands of customers and to help self-storage operators work smarter and provide a better experience to their users. In today’s business environment you’ve got to use all the tools available to create a competitive advantage, and at OpenTech we’ve got one heck of a tool chest.”

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What Are You Organizing?

It all about the how your organize and understand organizing for profits is swiftly changing in todays internet economy. “For a hundred years, we organized the means of production. How do we get the right people, the right machines, the right materials and get this thing built”. Seth Godin

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Self Storage Organizing 30 years ago

Once upon a time it was build it any where and they will come. It worked well and made many people rich.

Self Storage Organizing 15 years ago

Then it became build it on main street and they will come.  It worked well.

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Self Storage Organizing yesterday

Now many people believe state of the art facility on main street, have a great web site, on going marketing and they will come.  It worked well and made many people rich.

The successful developers were organizers who found the right location and the right people to get their facility built.  They organized the money.  They organized the employees and day to day operation.

Most of us still do this.  It is important and difficult work and will be required for some time to come.

Self Storage Organizing Today to double your profits.

“But now, now there’s a third kind of organization going on, one that’s even more leveraged, because it isn’t easily replaced: Organizing an audience.

How do we find the right people on the right day in a way that creates value for them and for us? How do we deliver the right service to the right audience in the right way? The rising stars of our economy are in this business now, even more than production or finance.

If you’re seeking to build awareness, consider building a community instead.

If you’re working to sell your average stuff to average people (and working overtime to make it cheaper or faster), consider an alternative: serving the most dedicated people with something remarkable“. Seth Godin

Just think about Kmart, Sears, Toys are US, and so many more.  They did not organize for their audience and now they are gone!

Time to get out of the self storage business and in the business of organizing a win win community.

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See original post on Organizing by Seth Godin  https://seths.blog/2018/09/what-are-you-organizing/

August Newsletter 2018 — Now Taking Reservations!

 

 

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August 2018 Newsletter

Storage Authority
Pre Opening News/Tips

As we prepare to open multiple facilities starting next month, finding land, design, and approvals for these franchisees is a thing of the past and now pre-opening operations and pre-opening marketing are the subjects of the day.  This is a BIG Crunch time so being super organized is critical.  Here are 7 tips you need to complete prior to crunch time.

1 Have a checklist for pre-opening operations – 100 + items
2 Have a checklist of for pre-opening marketing – 110+ items
3 Make a list of all the vendors you need to get on board before you open (Bookkeeper, SiteLink for the management program, G5 for the website, Open Tech Alliance for kiosk & gate systems, Attorney for lease and forms, graphic designer, utility companies, insurance agent, etc)
4  Make a list of all social marketing platforms you will use.
5  Make a list of every unit by unit with the number, size, type, and price.
6  Make a list of what makes your facility different than your competition, Your unique selling features.
7 Prepare your help wanted ads and employee manual.

If you are a Storage Authority Franchise Owner many of these items are prepared and reviewed with you long before crunch time so you can get a head start to rent double, even triple or more units in your first 4 months then projected in your Feasibility Study.

WHY CARE?

If you simply double your monthly rentals from 15 units a month to  30 units a month for the first 4 months it is an extra $108,000 income for you in your first year!  Want to see the math email marc@SorageAuthority.com

Last month we told you the  Storage Authority Walters Rd in Houston Texas roofs were on. And last week Ed called excited to tell us he has taken his first reservations – over a month and a half before he opens! Storage Authority Walters Rd Houston TX is slated to open Sept 15, 2018

The #1 Pre Opening Tip
When your first customer walks in they are going to ask the same questions that your next 1000 clients are going to ask.  They will start with what is the price of a unit simply because they do not know what else to ask and often follow up do you have any specials?  If you want to charge premium rates you better have written scripts memorized that provide the answers to these and the 7 other concerns they will ask you or you will lose many rentals.  I can visit 20 facilities and maybe one will have some of the answers to:1  I need to think about it
2 I need to check for with my wife or boss
3 I just need information
4 Price seems high or can you do any better on the price.
5 I don’t need it until next week
6) I don’t need it until I sell my house sells
7) The client who does not provide his concern or objection
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Check out this recent article at Inside Self Storage: By Marc Goodin

How to Perform a Mini Demand Study on a Potential Self-Storage Site

For a great resource to retrieve initial metrics for your demand study go to  RADIUS here  radius.unionrealtime and get your free credits now.

 

Here is our add that is going to be the September issue of Minico Magazine, next to Marc Goodin’s Article on why Franchising for Self Storage you need to read.

As part of our Dynamic Ease Self Storage Development Series, we help our franchisees around the development landmines, including finding land, designing, financing and building a premier self-storage facility and to understand the options and prepare accordingly.
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If you want to learn more about Storage Authority Franchise there is a wealth of information on our website www.StorageAuhorityFranchise.com  Don’t forget to check out “Why Storage Authority” and our blog/newsroom. Then the next step is to apply on our website or email or call Garrett Byrd (Garrett@StorageAuthority.com or Direct 941-928-1354)
Vendor Highlight

Instead of highlighting one Storage Authority Vendor we want to highlight how extremely important it is that your vendors work together and the better they know you, your systems, platforms and each other, the more efficient and profitable you will be since you will have double the time to market your business.  For Storage Authority Franchise owners the savings in time because of this vendor synergy is well over 200 hours in your first 6 months of operations.  And even a second 200 hours because Storage Authority has done the research on the vendors.

For example, Sitelink can set up our franchisees by cloning the Storage Authority forms, fees, various automatic late letters, emails and fees, user settings, tenant insurance, discounts and more saving hours and hours.   Then the next part of the startup puzzle is making sure your other vendors are all tied together day one. Before you open you need to make sure your open Tech gate & kiosk, storsmart insurance, G5 website, Late 2 Lien, SiteLink Merchant, StorageTreasure online Auction and others are all tied together.

One simple example that saves us time and money and even makes us money is the vendors we use for the auction process. Late2Lien accesses our 30 day past due customer direct from SiteLink and adds them to our Late2Lien dashboard, for our managers to approve them for auction and then  late2Lien sends the required lien/auction notice. And then Storage Treasures (who by the way is part of the OpenTech Alliance vast host of products and services we use) host our online auction.  As a team things get done and our managers have the training and backup they need to be successful.

It may sound simple but it is not easy. Owners depend on the store’s manager to market, maintain and expand their business. Unfortunately, owners are discovering that the managers are ill-equipped with little to no operational, marketing, sales or customer service experience. And they also cannot keep up with the ever-changing technology  Most facility managers spend 100% of their time doing the day to day and never get to the sales and marketing that can double your profits.

Industry News & Tips You Can Use Today

5 Pre Opening Tips You Can Use Now!

1. Start your list of emails today for your very own facility newsletter.  It is not hard to get 500 or a 1000 local emails when you do it over several months

2. Open your own Mail chimp newsletter account: Every month during construction send out a newsletter keeping your prospects updated on progress and your grand opening.

3. Ask the city about a temporary CO: Construction always takes longer than planned.  If your office is going to be ready before the total facility is completed ask early about a temporary CO.  Even opening a week or a month early is a big deal.

4. Practice Autopay script –  By having this late fee schedule on your desk and starting the lease presentation with a simple “I just need your debit card and I.D to get started”, you can make an easy extra $30,000 a year profits and more time.

5. Visit every funeral home & real estate office within a 5-mile radius twice before you open 

Storage Authority experts are ready to help you every single step of the way, from finding land to operations, to driving your revenue year on year.  If you have a question give us a call. Team up with the experts to save time and maximize your profits.

ARE YOU READY?

Click here to Get Pre-Qualified to Begin your Journey to Financial Freedom with Storage Authority Franchising!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”  –Walt Disney, Co-Founder, Disney

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Where Else Can You………….No Where

When people investigate Storage Authority and our franchise system we have found there are four major categories of prospects:

  1. Tire kickers.  The facts or nothing we say or do will make a difference.  The are not part of the 1% who will ever own their own business.

  2.  Prove to me …… or why do I need you prospect.  Again the facts or nothing we say or do will make a difference.  They had their minds made up long before they called us.  When the conversation of self storage comes up they will be the ones who say ” I was going to do that but the guy down the road beat me to it”

  3. Financially not qualified prospect. They often have the desire and are willing to work hard but just don’t have the $400K equity to get started.

  4. Professionals looking to make a better return on their hard earned savings and often an opportunity that will make a good six figure income and even allow them to retire early if they choose.

So how does a qualified prospect make a decision?  They typically ask and answer the following questions:

Do I want to own my own business?  – most people do not.

Do I want to work more now (I already have no time) so I can have all the time I want in the future – most people are not that ambitious.

If self storage works like the experts say, is self storage the business I want to be in to make my dreams come true or do I have a better opportunity?  Since Self Storage is one of the very best real estate investments few people have a better option where they can keep their career.

If you got to the last question and the answer was yes the rest is easy.  Do research every week until you decide the pros & cons of doing it on your own or with Storage Authority.

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If you want to learn more about franchising you need to read the up coming September issue of the Minico Messenger the article  Why Franchising for Self Storage. It provides both a history and background on franchising, And also explains why the time has come self storage franchising.  But often it comes down to understanding the value of  being a premier facility vs being an average self storage and what it takes to be a premier facility.  The value is in the millions and it takes 10 year of energy in the trenches to become and expert on your own.  You will find this is true in many businesses. If you want to be way above the competition and do not have 10 years of experience from the trenches there are few if any ways to get all the expert guidance and assistance you need.  Here are just a few of the things that Storage Authority provides that you will have a hard tine finding elsewhere

Where else is someone going to work as hard as you are to make sure your a success?  No Where!

Where Else

  • Will you have an expert on your side 24/7?

  • Get the land expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the engineering expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the zoning expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get development expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the construction  expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the operational expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the marketing expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the sales expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the rental expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Get the customer expertise you need for pennies on the dollar?

  • Will you have a partner to call every time you have a question?

  • Will you have someone with 30 year experience of real estate, self storage and design experience to review your site plans?

  • Will you have someone to tell you your opening rates are two low?

  • Will you have someone outline one on one, in a development manual, in a check list the 5 stages of development and help you at each stage?

  • Is some one going to share with you the many how to tips and training that can leads to hundreds of thousands in extra profits?

  • Will your state of the art management software come set up with over 25 forms and letter, emails, late fees and more?

  • Will you be provided with the state of the art website that allows you to stand out and rent on line?

  • Has all the research been done for you to insure you have the best vendors in the industry?

  • Will you get the expertise and banking application assistance to impress your Bank?

No Where!

If you want to learn more lets talk.  Marc 860-830-6764