Over the past few years, there has been a boom in the world of e-commerce. More and more entrepreneurs are launching online shops, making the most of consumer’s growing preference for online shopping. However, while business owners no longer need to deal with property leases and expensive storefronts, there are a number of challenges that come with running an online shop. The following blog post outlines the various ways that online shop owners can use self-storage. Whether you’re running a large-scale distribution project or a small Etsy shop, we offer advice on how self-storage can streamline your business operation.
While one of the main benefits of running an online shop is the ability to work from home or remotely, as your business grows you will begin to accumulate more and more stock. This might not be such an issue if you’re selling handcrafted jewellery on Etsy, but if you’re selling vintage clothes or replacement car parts, the stock can be much more difficult to manage.
Most self-storage companies will offer a range of unit sizes, so you can choose whichever best suits your needs. For small items, like jewellery and craft supplies, a locker unit would be ideal, but for larger items, you can opt for larger spaces. At Easistore, we offer a range of unit sizes, from lockers to 300 sq ft units.
As is the nature of an online shop, your business will likely require regular postal services. This can become quite difficult to manage as more and more orders are placed, meaning more and more trips to the post office. However, many self-storage companies will also offer mail order distribution services.
These facilities allow you to collect, package, and distribute your products from under one roof. This will save time and energy, making your business operations more efficient. At Easistore, you can distribute products with added security.
Since your business operates online, it’s likely that the majority of your documentation is also digital. However, it’s always a good idea to keep hard copies of important documents in two separate locations – this is usually your home and office. If you don’t have a business address, self-storage can offer a secure unit to store copies of your important documents. You can store as little as a couple of files, giving you peace of mind that should anything happen to your original documents, your copies are safe in their unit.
If your business is rapidly growing, you may find that running all operations from your home or remotely is no longer sustainable. At this point, you may want to consider finding some office premises. At Easistore, we offer offices and studios to suit large or small businesses; these come with onsite storage, free parking, and all-inclusive rates. This means that your business can be fully-operational from one location. Facilities like this are ideal for start-ups, as they offer flexibility in space with no long-term contract.
If you’re interested in using self-storage for your online shop, feel free to get in touch – we’d be happy to help!