Portable Storage Units a Better Alternative to Renting Warehouse Space for Businesses
Finding storage that works for your business comes down to managing space, time, and costs. Many businesses assume renting warehouse storage space is their only option, however, renting one or more portable storage containers can be a much more affordable, flexible, and efficient option.
Managing cash flow is a big concern for any business, but it’s even more important for small businesses and startups. This is magnified even further if your business goes through seasonal cycles.
If this is the case , you’ll likely need storage throughout the year. Furthermore, having reliable storage becomes increasingly important as your business grows.
Here are the facts when comparing portable storage containers, like BigSteelBoxes, to renting or leasing warehousing space:
1) Affordable: Portable storage containers are cheaper and more cost-effective.
2) Flexibility: Easily transport, change sizes, or add additional storage units when needed.
3) Convenience: Keep your storage container wherever you need it.
4) Security: Shipping containers are an extremely secure form of storage.
5) Efficient: Save the time you’d waste transporting items, unloading and reloading at a warehouse.
Save Money When You Choose Portable Storage Over Warehousing
Plain and simple, renting a portable storage unit, like a BigSteelBox, is cheaper than renting or leasing warehouse storage space. How exactly does the cost of renting a container compare to renting warehouse space? Read on...
For example, in cities across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, most warehouse space rents for $8 - $10 per square foot (sq/ft) per month. Plus, some have warehouses charge operating costs (property fees/taxes, utilities, etc.) on top of that which can cost you an additional $4 - $5 per sq/ft per month. So, for 20' X 8' (160 sq/ft) of warehouse space, you’ll likely be paying between $1,200 - $2,400 per month for storage!!
Compare that to the monthly cost of renting a BigSteelBox storage unit, which in most cities is $149/month for a 20' Box (160 sq/ft). That’s only about $1 per sq/ft each month to rent your storage container if you keep it on your property!
NOTE: If you choose to keep your loaded container at a BigSteelBox storage facility, here’s what you should know:
The invoice for your first month’s rent for a BigSteelBox will include the cost of delivery and a loaded move if you choose to have your Box moved and stored at our secure location. Delivery fees range from $75 - $120 each way depending on your city. And, if you choose to keep your Box at our yard, factor in an extra on-site storage fee of $29/month. Let us break that down for you...
Your Invoice for ONLY the First Month:
Delivery of a 20' BigSteelBox + 1 Loaded Move + 1 Month’s Rent + On-Site Storage Fee + taxes = $3 per sq/ft.
Your Recurring Monthly Invoice:
Monthly Rent ($149) + taxes + On-Site Storage Fee = $1.25 per sq/ft.
In short, renting a BigSteelBox instead of paying for warehouse space is going to free up a lot of money in your monthly cash flow and bring down your overall monthly operating costs.
Flexibility & Convenience: Storage that Grows with Your Business
The beauty of portable storage is that it moves where you need it, and it’s easy to change if you need more or less storage.
Look at a BigSteelBox as your own personal mini warehouse. Don’t fuss with renting hundreds of square feet if you don’t require it. Just rent what you need, when you need it, to manage your inventory.
We’ll deliver a storage container to your location for you to load. You can either keep it on your property or move it back to one of our secure storage yards. If you need to access your storage unit at one of our stores, just call 1 business day before you plan to arrive, and we’ll have your BigSteelBox placed in our customer access area.
We know that storage needs change over time. If you find that you need more or less storage space, you can easily change the size container you’re renting - you can choose from 40’, 20’, 10’ or 8’ units. It’s also easy to get additional containers delivered at any time. We have a vast inventory of shipping containers at our locations across Canada, so we get the container you need quickly.
Security: Your Stuff Will Be Safe in a BigSteelBox Storage Container
BigSteelBoxes are made from 8-gauge corten steel, so they're built to stand up to the harshest elements. They are wind, water and rodent-proof, so you’re things will stay safe and dry inside all year around.
As an added level of security, all our rental containers come equipped with a steel Lock Box that protects your padlock from bolt cutters. Plus, we offer affordable vandalism protection, which gives many businesses peace of mind from additional costs that may happen unexpectedly.
Learn more about the security features of a BigSteelBox storage container.
Portable Storage Units are More Efficient
It may be a cliche, but, “time is money”! Businesses can save a ton of time by choosing portable storage over renting warehouse space.
When you rent a storage container, like a BigSteelBox, the storage comes to you. And, it can be kept wherever you choose, whether that's at your home, outside your office, or at one of our storage facilities.
Don’t waste time transporting your items to a warehouse, unloading them at the warehouse, only to have to reload them again the next time you need them. Have your storage unit nearby so it’s easy to load and access when you need to. And, if you ever need to move items or inventory to another city, we can help with that too.
If you think that portable storage is the best choice for you business, give us a call 1-800-373-1187! Our knowledgeable Storage Consultant will be happy to discuss storage options and provide you with a free quote.