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I’m starting a new business — can I use a container to store all my equipment and stock?

Ricky Williams
  • Ricky Williams
  • 11th June 2018
  • Renting Storage Space

Yes, you can.

Many start-ups have got off the ground using self-storage for their tools or stock.

What’s more, many continue using this option long after they’re successfully up and running.

Your main choice is between warehouses or containers — here’s our comparison of the pros and cons of both. Both offer considerable benefits over renting conventional commercial space. Key among them are much lower overheads, shorter rental terms, and the option to easily scale up or scale down your storage space.

Going the container route can offer the ultimate in flexibility. It works for anyone who has a lot of trade-related stuff and needs somewhere to keep it — especially when they’re first getting off the ground.

As a result, container storage is ideal for a wide range of people launching new ventures, including…

● Traders — everything from eBay and Amazon and other digital traders to car boot specialists and market stall holders. (There’s more about traders and containers here .)

● Tradespeople, such as plumbers, electricians, and roofers. (Find out more about tradespeople and containers here

● Retailers, such as booksellers, fashion outlets, antiques dealers and furniture stores. (Find out more about retailers and containers here .)

And with 24/7 access at many self-storage container sites, getting at your kit couldn’t be easier. Simply drive up in your car or van, open your container doors and drop off or pick up your stuff.

For business owners who want to use their containers to hold stock for delivery, some sites offer a concierge service. They’ll help prepare consignments for despatch and accepting inbound goods.

At The Space Program, this service is called Secure Sign and Store. It helps save small businesses a great deal of time, effort, money and hassle. See what one Space Program customer has to say.