Business spaces are only so big, and for many, equipment needs are seasonal. With the cost of office space rising because so many offices are going remote, it begs the question as to whether or not investing in more office space makes sense. For this reason and others, many business owners opt for long-term on-site storage containers rather than investing in more significantly-sized properties.
Though off-site storage has many advantages, it also comes with one primary disadvantage. And that disadvantage is that it is off-site. Not all business owners or office managers have the time to travel back and forth to search for something in an off-site storage container. Other business owners prefer the peace of mind that on-site storage can bring.
Nine Business Benefits to On-Site Storage Containers
For business owners weighing the pros and cons of on-site vs. off-site storage containers, this list of benefits might be just enough to sway the vote.
#1. On-site storage containers offer versatility that just doesn’t come when items are stored off-site. Unless the business needs climate-controlled storage, on-site containers can be diverse and appropriately sized to the business’s needs. This provides companies with the opportunity to conveniently store extra supplies, office equipment, files, finished goods ready for customer pick-up, and more safely inside an on-site container.
#2. On-site units are not as expensive as business owners might think. In many cases, on-site storage containers can be less costly and far more cost-effective than off-site storage when looking at monthly fees, the time it takes to get to and from an off-site location, and more. Plus, on-site storage containers are far less costly than the expense of adding on to office space, or picking up and moving an office and all of its staff.
#3. On-site storage containers provide the ultimate in convenience and efficiency. With storage right on-site, it makes it easy to grab items when needed. For example, retail stores can store customer items in the on-site storage container to keep them organized and ensure that the items don’t take up space and create clutter inside the store. When customers arrive to pick up their items, it is easy to unlock the storage container and access the customer goods. Further, with access to everything the business needs on-site, there is no wasted time during the business day spent driving to an off-site storage location.
#4. Though not all on-site storage pods are climate-controlled (few are), most containers are weather-resistant. This ensures that expensive and important items are safe from the elements.
#5. Many off-site locations have unlimited access to storage pods and rooms, but this isn’t always the case. On-site containers offer flexibility in that they can be accessed whenever the business needs access. Further, storage containers can be moved if required, based on wherever they are most convenient.
#6. Business owners need to know that whatever is stored inside their storage container is safe and secure. Without a guarantee of safety and security, business owners will look into other options. Today’s storage containers are strong and built to last. Further, on-site storage containers can be locked in a variety of ways, depending on the system used. This can help limit access to only those who should be able to access it.
#7. On-site storage containers support growth for the organization. Businesses that are just getting off the ground don’t always have the funds for a large office or business space. As mentioned, office space can be expensive, especially in today’s current situation. Adding an on-site storage container is easy and comes at far less cost.
#8. On-site storage solutions are low-risk. As professional gamblers would say, you can never bet on the come. This means that it is essential not to invest based on hope or something that business owners want to happen. An excellent example of this risk is a business owner who purchases a larger office space in hopes that the business will grow. But if it never does, that investment becomes a liability. On-site storage companies come with little to no risk because they can be as temporary or as permanent as the business requires.
#9. Finally, the addition of an on-site storage container is quick and easy. Companies that provide on-site storage solutions are usually ready and able to deliver a container within just a day or two’s notice. In certain situations, delivery can even take place within just a few hours.
On-Site Storage Containers Allow Businesses to Grow
Managing a business comes with a lot of responsibility. Most business owners need to be a jack-of-all-trades. But one of the things that business owners don’t want to worry about is a lack of space hindering the ability to grow the business.
Retail stores, warehouse clubs, and even restaurants frequently utilize on-site storage containers for their excess merchandise and equipment storage. Landscaping companies use these units to store off-season lawn care equipment. As mentioned previously, retailers use on-site storage pods to hold onto customer merchandise before customers are ready for pick-up. These on-site containers are highly convenient and affordable and ensure that resource allocation is more effective. After all, sending employees across town to retrieve something from an off-site facility takes time out of the day that could be better spent on other necessary tasks.
In addition to the types of companies mentioned, other businesses leverage on-site storage as well. These businesses include health care centers and clinics, hotels, parts and materials suppliers, computer repair shops, auto repair centers, outdoor sports complexes, educational buildings, churches, and various non-profit organizations.
On-site storage containers are also excellent choices for short term needs such as carnivals and festivals where items only need to be stored for a short period of time. Whether these pods are needed for several weeks to several years, or just for a few days, business owners will appreciate the mentioned benefits that on-site storage containers will bring their business.