Portable Storage Company
Portable storage is in big demand. The convenience it offers to consumers in a culture where people are busier than ever before is just too appealing to resist. The self storage industry, historically boasting $22 billion-a-year business with over 48,000 self storage operations in the United States has seen an impact from consumers demanding portability.
Taking into account that one in ten households in the United States rents a storage unit to store extra belongings, imagine the revenue boost to self storage business owners that add the mobile advantages of portable storage. Making it mobile, shifting to or starting a portable storage unit business or franchise can be a hugely profitable decision. Getting started can seem like an impossible obstacle to the small to mid-size storage business owner looking to expand an existing self storage business. For those looking to start a new business it can seem even more out of reach.
Profitability of Mobile Storage
Mobile storage serves a much larger market since it will be limited only by how far your business can practically support delivery and pickup of the mobile storage containers. It is scalable, since even small storage businesses can start with one truck, outfitted to pick up the containers, and gradually grow their business by adding additional trucks, containers and drivers as revenue is available to support it.
Business Costs of Portable Storage
The costs of starting a mobile storage business vary based on the type of portable containers and trucks that are already owned, purchased or leased. A mobile container truck and the types of container used impact transportation of the container and also storing it at the facility. Having the right type of truck and lift system is important from both for the customer’s needs and yours in terms of efficiency. Up until now, the costs of adding the right kind of truck and lift system has represented a huge barrier of entry to the small to mid-size storage business owner.
Starting a Storage Business: Costs for Containers
Storage container costs are important to consider when starting a storage business. According to CostOwl, smaller storage containers – such as a 20’ deep container - cost $1,000 to $4,000. Larger containers can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. If money is tight, as it usually is when you are starting a mobile storage business, you can save costs by leasing storage containers rather than buying. Lease rates can be anywhere from $200 to $600 per month. Also, it is important to keep in mind any shipping costs vendors might charge. It is best practice to stay as local as possible when purchasing storage containers for your business.
An affordable solution for a faster transition
We offer a portable storage delivery system that has been designed to adapt to different mobile container sizes. Our horizontal lift makes mobile storage efficient allowing for ease of use for the storage operator and a much better experience for the consumer.
This patented storage lift system allows the freedom to operate a portable storage business without additional fees or franchise requirements. Our no-tilt hydraulic lift keeps items from shifting inside the container during transport, reducing the possibility of damage, so your customers feel more confident their belongings are being handled with care.
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There is no question that the mobile storage industry is exploding. Mobile storage containers are being used for just about anything you can think of. As you may have noticed in your own town, there are many uses for mobile storage containers in a business. Mobile storage businesses are renting units for moving household goods, renting to contractors who need to store furnishings during a restoration, or storage for tools on a jobsite. The storage containers are used in retail for overstocked item storage, especially during the holidays. Homeowners will use mobile storage containers to declutter their homes before putting it on the market, or, use them to store items they want to use in a new home while their home is under construction. Professional businesses that need document storage will use mobile storage containers. Document shredding businesses that need to gather documents to shred, will use storage containers to take those documents to their facility for shredding. Event planners and rental industries use them for pick-up and delivery of party items, tables, chairs, etc. The moving and storage industry is seeing the potential of containerized moving in their businesses to capture the do-it-yourself market they once had no access to. The list goes on and on. Let your imagination be your guide.
Mobile storage is the future of the storage industry. Although it’s relatively new, the mobile storage model is already growing faster than the traditional self storage model, and it’s easy to see why. Many consumers see mobile storage as a more convenient and more attractive solution compared to the alternatives. As consumer awareness increases, so does the demand for quality mobile storage options. If you were already thinking about getting into the storage business, the mobile storage business model could be your smartest decision yet.