15 businesses you can run using a storage unit


Why set up your business in a storage unit?

Maybe you have just started a business and know that storing your tools, equipment and stock and home isn’t going to work for you. Or perhaps you started your company at home but now it’s growing so fast that it’s starting to take over the whole house!

If this applies to you, you might be looking at alternative premises for your company and stock. Commercial leases can be very costly and don’t take into account that your income might fluctuate massively from week to week for small companies and start-ups. Whatever happens, you have to pay the bills without fail!

So, for example, you sell clothing on eBay — you know that some months (typically at the beginning of a new season) are far busier than others. During those busy periods, you require a great deal more space and have the extra income to pay your bills. During the lulls, though, you may end up paying for empty storage space you don’t need. Flexible self-storage units may be the ideal solution for your companies storage needs.


What are the benefits of working from a storage unit? 

Choosing to base your company from a storage unit allows you to be flexible: you can increase or decrease the size of your storage unit so that you’ll only pay for what you need, and you can keep your unit for as long or as shorter time as you need — there are no lengthy tie-in contracts involved and no business rates to pay. 

Modern storage units are secure, clean, manned by professional staff and everything is recorded by state-of-the-art CCTV systems.


All these factors taking into account here are 15 business that could run from a storage unit

These businesses may suit working out of a storage unit but do double-check with your local self-storage facility as not all may be able to accommodate these businesses.

1. Online retailers - if you’re an independent online retailer, you can use one of our self-storage units to store all of your stock, have space to get your orders ready and post them out to your customers without delay. 

2. Amazon and eBay sellers - whatever you sell (as long as it's not illegal), you can store it safely in your storage unit. Books, clothing, toys and games and sporting goods can all be stored safely in a self-storage unit ready to pack up and deliver to your customers. 

3. Etsy sellers – So you’re into your hobbies and your craft hobby has attracted a lot of attention and you’re ready to mass-produce your products. A storage unit will give you somewhere to store your equipment and the components for your craft, and we can provide shelving to help you organise it all.

4. Vintage clothing/furniture sales - if you take your products to car boot sales or maybe fairs and auctions to sell, keep your stock in your storage unit rather than trying to find space for everything at home.

5. Catalogue sellers - whether you sell Beauty products, Tupperware, vitamin supplements or household cleaning products, keep your samples and deliveries safe in one of our storage units ready to deliver out to your customers.

6. Charities - store donated stock to be sold in your stores and keep records there to monitor stock flow, Gift Aid receipts and turnover. 

7. Car spares retailers - you’ll need somewhere dry to keep your goods and plenty of room for larger spares. As long as there are no flammable materials inside, you can store your spare parts in one of our storage units, and increase or decrease the size of your unit as stock levels fluctuate.

8. Heating engineers - keep your spare parts for boilers and ovens somewhere easily accessible so you can collect any parts you don’t have in your van for customers who may need emergency repairs outside normal working hours. 

9. (Pop up) Uniform Shop - use it to store, swap and sell second-hand uniforms. Fit it out with some clothes rails and racking for an instant pop-up shop. You can keep your unit for a week or however long you need, so you can keep it going as an ongoing resource for your school, or just at the end of the holidays to help people get organised for the new term.

10. Gift card makers - keep everything you need to make them in your clean, dry storage unit.

11. Fashion designers - your storage unit will have plenty of space to store your materials. You could set up a cutting table and mannequins for when you’re ready to assemble your designs.

12. Market stallholders - keep your stock and equipment safe in your storage unit. Market stallholders work well in storage units.  

13. Event organisers - if you organise events around the region or nationwide, you can keep all your advertising equipment and props etc in one central location.

14. Fundraisers - store raffle prizes, marketing equipment and donations, and have a professional address from which to communicate with your sponsors.

15. Sports club organisers - if you run after-school or breakfast sports clubs, use a storage unit in a central location to store your equipment. Many of our stores can be accessed 24 hours a day, so you’ll be able to retrieve your sports gear early enough to get to school on time! 

So why not get in touch, and get your year started the way you want it to continue! Call the team at Ask Active on 01270 215 200 or email sales@askactive.com.