5 Ways Your Business can Benefit from Using Portable Storage Units

BSB-retail_350.jpgRunning a business takes a lot of dedication and hours, but it also takes a lot of stuff. From restaurants and hotels to retail stores and offices, supplies, documents and seasonal items can really add up, often taking up valuable space your business should be using in another way.

We all know that clutter is not conducive to a healthy work environment and being organized helps increase productivity. So, finding a place for all of that stuff is good for business! That’s where self-storage comes in.

Mobile storage units, like BigSteelBox shipping containers, are perfect for companies and organizations that need secure storage near their place of business, where their things will be safe and easy to access, but out of the way of day-to-day operations. And, if you can’t keep a storage container on your property for an extended period of time, a Box can be delivered to your location to be loaded, then picked up and stored at one of our secure locations until you need it back again.

With more locations across Canada than any other mobile storage company, chances are good that BigSteelBox can meet your storage needs quickly, efficiently and affordably. Here are five ways using self-storage units can benefit your business:

Top 5 Ways Your Business Will Benefit from a Portable Storage Unit

1) Keep Seasonal Stock Out of the Way

Do you have items or stock that you only use at certain times of the year? Or, maybe you sell seasonal items or have inventory that you don’t want to start selling yet.

This is often the case for retailers, restaurants and pubs. For example, that patio furniture that brings in customers in the summer won’t do much good sitting outside during a Canadian winter, and chances are you don’t have room for it inside!

If you find yourself in this situation, a portable storage container may be the perfect solution for your business. You can have a BigSteelBox storage unit delivered to your location in the Fall, load up all of your patio furniture and have it stored off-site until you need it back again in the Spring.

2) Limit Disruption During an Expansion or Renovation


If business is booming and you plan to expand or renovate, then you’ll definitely need a place to keep equipment, furniture, office items and stock during construction.

On-site storage can be extremely helpful and convenient because you don’t have to move your things into a storage facility that's far away. And, whether you need a storage container for a few weeks or a few months, you can rest easy knowing your items will be safe inside a BigSteelBox. Learn more about the security features of a BigSteelBox.

If you’re moving your business to a new, larger location, a portable storage container is still a great option. You can load your things into your BigSteelBox storage unit at your own pace, then when you’re ready we’ll pick up your Box and move it to your new location.

Some items that you might want to consider putting in a self-storage unit while you’re renovating or moving are:

  • Restaurant supplies (dishware, excessive inventory, patio furniture)
  • Office supplies (printers, filing cabinets)
  • Computers
  • Furniture
  • Extra stock or stock that you’re not selling yet
  • Fragile items
  • Window displays
  • Materials, tools and supplies being used for the renovation
  • Legal documents or important files

3) Extra Storage when Working from Home

If you’re an online retailer or business owner who works from home, you may also find that space quickly runs out as you accumulate “stuff”. If you have an Etsy or eBay shop, or you’re an artist who sells your pieces online, these handcrafted or vintage items can accumulate and you might not have an appropriate storage space in your home.

Portable storage containers are a great way to store your merchandise. They’re also great for storing raw materials and supplies needed for your craft, or the packing materials you need to ship them.

BigSteelBox rents and sells shipping containers in a variety of sizes, so even if space to keep a container on your property is limited, one of our smaller 8' or 10' shipping containers may still work for you.

4) Portable Storage Can Save You Money


Let’s talk numbers. If you want to reduce the expenses of your business, then a portable storage container could help. Having this extra space would allow you to buy supplies in bulk, saving you money in the long run.

It can also save you money if you want to expand your business but you don’t want to find a new storage space to lease. Plus, because a mobile storage container can be delivered to you, you won’t have to waste time driving to and from a traditional self-storage facility.

A BigSteelBox self-storage unit won’t break the bank either. BigSteelBox offers competitive rental rates for businesses, and most likely it will be a claimable business expense. Some storage companies ask you to commit to a long-term contract where the minimum rental time is six months to a year. BigSteelBox rents storage containers on a month-to-month basis. You can return your container at any time, or change the size of your container at any point.

5) You’re Getting Much More than Just "Storage"

Maybe you’re thinking, “Sure, storage sounds like it would be useful, but is it really as easy as you’re saying it is?”

At BigSteelBox we offer so much more than storage. We strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience and provide the best possible moving and storage experience by reducing our customers' efforts, owning your problems and giving more than you expect. Our Storage Consultants are eager to help you find a storage solution that fits your needs.

We will deliver your BigSteelBox on your time. If you can’t keep your container at your location after you’ve loaded it, we’ll pick it up and move it to one of our secure locations. There’s no need to rent a moving truck or to make multiple trips to and from a self-storage facility. Plus, unlike many other self-storage options, BigSteelBox shipping containers are wind, water and rodent-proof, so you know your things will be safe year-round.

If you’re storing seasonal goods in a BigSteelBox storage unit, we can deliver a BigSteelBox directly to your door when it’s time to switch things up. We can even add shelving brackets to help you customize your unit and make the most of your storage space.

Contact your BigSteelBox store today at 1-800-373-1187 or send us a quote request to learn how we can help your business’s short- or long-term storage needs.

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