Can You Use Your Self-Storage Unit To Hold Your Business Inventory?

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
April 8th, 2022

If you're looking for ways to save on storing your business’ inventory, a storage unit is a great place to start. They are far more cost-efficient than warehouses or office space and if you find a well-run storage facility, they are just as safe and secure. In this article, we’ll give you what you can and cannot store in terms of inventory and how to best organize your products within a unit. Storage facilities allow business owners to use their units for storage or even an office (although there isn’t any natural light), just so long as you follow their rules, which can be read in the contract you sign.

What You Can and Cannot Store In a Storage Unit
Papers, tools, equipment, accessories, and clothing can all be stored at a storage facility. Just so long as your inventory doesn’t pose a fire hazard and doesn't have any liquid or water. You can use a storage unit to store any kind of inventory, just so long as it’s not perishable such as food, open drinks, or live plants which can cause mold and mildew and create an unsafe environment within the unit.

How To Store Inventory
Start with a list of inventory you plan to keep. Although an Excel spreadsheet may be a hassle if you consider the cost of losing, misplacing, or overordering it’s worth the time and effort. When you make a checklist of your inventory that has boxes that can be filled out, it helps you know what you’ve sold and what you’ve yet to sell, so that you don’t have to visit your unit every day or week, unless you make a sale.

You next want to pack and organize your inventory in a method that’s easy to read and therefore easily unloaded in the right place. Pay attention to things that should be kept together, things that are breakable, and things that need to be sold first. This helps when unloading so that you don’t have to unpack every single item and then start to organize which can be difficult in a smaller unit.

Some people draw maps of their units, labeled with what inventory is where. This helps employees that may be visiting the unit for you who weren’t there when it was unpacked. If that seems like too much, you can also opt for a simpler organizational method, of things that are in use most, or need to be sold first at the front of your unit and things that may take longer to sell in the back. This avoids having to get to the back of the storage unit when you need something, which can be a big waste of time.

When you store your inventory, try to keep things off the ground, as that’s where the most water damage occurs. You also want to look for a storage facility that offers temperature-controlled units to avoid extreme temperatures, mold, and mildew.

You can absolutely use a storage unit to hold your business's inventory, just make sure you’re organized, and thoughtful about how you place your items. Good luck!

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