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Four businesses that can be run from self storage units

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Have you every considered setting up your own business, but been stumped at one of the first hurdles – affordable premises?

Whether you need a whole workroom, space for piling stock and boxes, or just a safe, secure locker for items that can’t be left in the house, self storage is the answer. Low cost, flexible contracts and secure access – everything you need to get your new business up and running.

Not sure what you could do with the space – here’s just some of the businesses you can run from a self storage unit.

eBay Seller

Whether you are selling on eBay, Amazon or another online platform, all you need for this business is a laptop, wifi and enough room to keep your stock.

With your own self storage unit you have a place for storing boxes, set up a photography area and room to pack items for delivery.

Repairs and tradesmen

If you are a self-employed tradesman, you’ll have lots of expensive tools that you need for work. Keeping them in your home has a number of drawbacks – from taking up space to bringing in oil and grease, and the potential danger to other members of the family.

A self storage unit, fitted with CCTV and PIN code access, is far more secure than leaving your tools in your van overnight, or in a garden shed if you have one. What’s more, depending on the size of the unit, you have space for spare parts and even a project or two you can work on in your own time.

Arts and Crafts

There are a growing number of craft businesses in the UK, perhaps inspired by programmes such as The British Sewing Bee and The Great British Bake Off. Online platforms like Etsy have also given crafters access to a wider market.

Self storage can be a great place to keep materials and completed pieces until they sell, especially if space is limited in the house. From small lockers for sewing to larger units for refurbished furniture – it’s far better to use a dry, mouse free indoor locker than a damp garage or draughty attic.

photographer shooting product in studioPhotographers

Not all photographers require a large studio and room for family portraits. If you specialise in product photography or even shooting videos, all you may need is some good lighting and a white backdrop, with space for your computer if you want to do a little editing on site.

Of course, there are plenty more businesses you can run from a self storage unit. With room to store stock, keep samples and complete projects, lower costs and business services provided on site, you’ll soon have your start-up growing.