The Curious Case of TV Network Executives Not Seeing the Gold in Temp Worker Characters

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TV has for some reason not looked to the inherently entertaining dramatic and comedic possibilities of a temp worker who finds himself (or herself!) working in a completely different environment every week to the degree that you would expect. Network executives are supposed to know better. Yeah, I know; that was an observation that can be undermined with five simple words: the existence of Duck Dynasty. But just because some TV executives would be dumb enough to find anything remotely appealing–or even just not completely repulsive–about the people on Duck Dynasty does not mean that the majority of them can’t learn from the lessons of television’s past. Temp workers have been at the center of the premise of more shows than have hirsute rednecks expressing uninformed political opinions in the all-but-inscrutable language of backwoods patois. Why not build on that positive image of TV history?

Grindl

The first TV show to try making hay out of a temp’s lifestyle of showing up in a different place every week traces all the way back to 1963. For almost exactly one year to the date between premiere and final airing, “Grindl” saw star Imogene Coca working for Foster’s Temporary Employment Agency and trekking from one workplace to another every week. One week Coca’s temp worker Grindl might be a maid and the next week she might be sitting in the box office at the local movie theater. Why no network executive has seen how such a set-up could be exploited for copycat programming is one of life’s great mysteries.

Joe’s World

A good three decades or so later, “Joe’s Life” showed up on ABC. This show was originally set between the recession of the George H.W. Bush administration and the economic turnaround experienced during the Clinton administration. In other words, “Joe World” struggled to reflect the rise of temp work as not just an alternative, but a necessity for survival. A temp job was the only option left for a good many Americans. Not for Joe, of course; he was a nighttime cook. But during the day, while Joe stayed home to take care of the kids, his wife Sandy was out working as a temp. No job security, no paid vacation, no insurance. What Sandy did get was the opportunity to meet new and interesting people every week.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

It doesn’t come up very often, except in the theme song before some episodes, but it is worth remembering that Mike Nelson was a temp. Actually, it does come up to a great degree occasionally in some episodes where the theme song does not even remind you. Mike Nelson may well be the poster boy for the worst possible experience of being a temp. He got blasted into space where his only companions are robots and where he is forced to watch bad movies. Some of them not really as bad as they are made out to be. What could be a worse experience for a temp than showing up for a job one day and getting blasted into space. Then again, Mike gets to travel through time and space and that sort of counts for a vacation, I guess, which puts him well ahead of most temp workers. He’s also got a steady supply of food and seems to be fairly healthy, so, in reality, I guess you could make the argument that Mike Nelson actually has it better than some temp workers.

Nancy Drew

Not that version you’re thinking of, but the 1995 version of “Nancy Drew.” Nancy was a temp worker in New York and those temporary employee opportunities always managed to land her smack dab in the middle of a mystery that needed solving.

King of the Hill

In a way, one could say that a substitute teacher is the most iconic of temp jobs. You might be temping in a history class one day and out on the playground as a P.E. teacher across the town the next. Peggy Hill was the winner of the Substitute Teacher of the Year Award for Tom Landry Middle School three years in a row. Despite the significant negative component of barely being able to speak the language, Spanish class was her forte. And yet, over the course of the 13 seasons of “King of the Hill” Peggy Hill temporarily taught science and organic farming in middle school, geometry in high school and even passed herself off as a nun in order to teach at a private Catholic elementary school.

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UFC and WWE Branded Networks: Next Stage of TV Evolution or Flash in the Pan?

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Entertainment organizations like the UFC and WWE are venturing into risky territory with online membership channels. For those unaware, these two entertainment behemoths have recently launched their own internet channels. These channels require a monthly fee of $9.99 and allow members unrestricted access to massive libraries of past events, exclusive live content for the UFC, and access to monthly Pay-Per-View events for the WWE.

To the uninitiated, these channels are riding the coattails of other media ideologies such as Netflix and Hulu, although instead of being the middle man and offering content from multiple sources, they are offering their own content direct to consumers. This business model, while not new in its simplest form, is the next stage of evolution in broadcasting. Companies like WWE and UFC not only guarantee themselves monthly revenues directly from consumers, they also reap the rewards of sponsors while getting to keep the entire chunk of change instead of splitting those revenues with Cable Networks such as TBS, Spike, or Fox.

At the early stages of this content delivery model, the UFC and WWE are carving out a niche and building a strong committed viewership. However, there are quite a few landmines waiting in the future that may derail the hype train for this particular plan.

  • 1. Alienating Business Partners

The UFC is currently under contract with Fox Sports to deliver exclusive live content on a consistent basis. The WWE is also currently under contract with the USA and SYFY networks to produce shows. How will these networks react to additional content being developed and distributed directly to consumers?

In the case of WWE, the result is the need to shop around for a new network to call home which they are currently doing. As for the UFC, there haven’t been any public discourse as of yet.

  • 2. Alienating consumers

This is more prevalent for the UFC than it is for the WWE as the UFC will be streaming exclusive fight cards that are only available on UFC Fight Pass while the WWE will show most Pay-Per-Views to members instead of having to pay extra for it. If the UFC’s exclusive content was under card fights and prelims, I wouldn’t have a problem. But when it is an entire Saturday night card including a headlining fight that I want to see, I get a little upset.

I understand Dana White is a promoter first and the bottom line is the most important thing to him; rightfully so. However, I already buy Pay Per Views (Or watch them at the bar and spend money doing so) and I am also subjected to every bit of advertising squeezed into the broadcasts. I am not going to pay an additional $10 a month to watch more advertisements.

  • 3. Extended Competition – Consumer Overload

Many media companies will be carefully monitoring the success of these networks in the short term for signs of viability. Both the WWE and UFC have limited competition when it comes to their respective niches, however, other entities will be looking to create channels of their own to get a piece of the pie. So what does this mean for consumers? Lots and lots of options.

So how could having a vast array of entertainment options using this model be a bad thing? Well, when consumers have to pay $10 a month for each of these channels in addition to every other niche brand that enters the market, customers will eventually revolt.

Exactly how many of these channels will each consumer be willing to pay for every month? My guess is not very many.…

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Bank rates reduced to arrest economic slow down

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Reserve Bank Of India is doing its best to arrest slow down of economic growth. It announced reduction in bank rate and cash reserve ratio in its mid term monetary policy. The bank rate is reduced by 50 basis points to 6.50 percent, lowest in the last 28 years. The cash reserve ratio is reduced to 5.50 percent from 7.50 percent.

 

The reduction in interest rate is expected to improve investment and consumption which in turn is expected to improve demand for goods and services. There is a constant complaint form the industrial class in the country that the cost of capital in the country is high. The present reduction in bank rate fits into the governments long term plans to make cost of capital attractive for investment. One has to wait and see how much this policy initiative will translate into actual investment.

If the reduction in bank rate is passed on to the retail borrowers then the demand for goods and services will definitely increase. India has a large population who save rather than consume. The country’s saving is 20 percent of GDP which is high even compared to some developed nations. The reduction in interest rate, both on saving and loans can act as an incentive to consume which in turn can improve demand. For banks average cost of funds is 7 percent, operating expenses add another 2.5 to 3 percent to the costs. Another important cost factor for the Indian banking sector is the bad debts shown as non performing assets in the balance sheet of the banks.

Cash reserve ratio (CRR) is the cash balance which banks have to park with central bank. Estimates are that the reduction in cash reserve ratio will infused Rs 8000 crore into the system. This is a quick way to make sure that the supply side is in order when there is an increase in demand for credit. The central bank will also pay 6.5 percent to the banks for the CRR balance which will improve the profitability of the banks.

The economy of the country is not the best of times, GDP growth of 6 to 6.50 percent estimated by the RBI in the beginning of the year has been revised to 5 to 6 percent by the bank. Manufacturing sector is down along with poor performance in the exports, added to this is the global economic trouble after September. Many feel that the mid term monitory policy may help at least to boost up sentiments in the economy.…

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Uphold Lease Agreements and Resolve Landlord Tenant Disputes

Handling disputes between Landlord and TenantLandlords of rental property have to resolve landlord tenant disputes as part of the job of owning rental property. Dealing with renters is usually the toughest part of the job, but with some upfront planning and preparation, landlord tenant disputes will be minimal and when and if they do arise, resolving them will be easier.

 

 

Tenant Screening, Rental Applications, and Lease Agreements

It’s important to screen tenants carefully. When a landlord takes the time to qualify tenants on the basis of the prospective renter’s income, rental history, and thorough background checks, the likelihood of selecting a renter that will be a problem goes down. Using good rental applications that treat all prospective renters fairly is key.

Equally as important is to have rock solid property lease agreements. Landlords need to protect their investments by writing a legally binding rental agreement that lays out what will happen if a tenant breaks one of the rules of the rental contract.

 

Follow Up on Rental Property

Landlords who check often on the renter and the property will have a better idea of how the tenant is treating the rental property. Dropping in on renters unexpectedly is a good habit for landlords. By arriving at the apartment or house without notice, the landlord can get a good idea of how the renter cares for the unit. It is within the landlord’s rights to maintain contact and to view his property. Outlining this condition in the rental agreement is important.

By asking tenants to mention repairs or changes that are needed, such as a plumbing leak, while it is still small the landlord has the opportunity to properly maintain the rental property. The landlord should stay on top of any problems, such as lawn maintenance if that is the tenant’s responsibility. If the lawn is not being mowed as agreed, for example, it is within the landlord’s rights to discuss the agreement with the renter. Give specific deadlines and consequences for making the changes.

Communicating with Tenants

If a problem arises, the landlord needs to communicate with the tenant verbally and in written, if appropriate. On the first offense, the landlord can give a verbal warning, depending on the situation. Landlords should first give a verbal warning to a tenant to address an issue. If this does not resolve the problem or if the issue is major, the landlord should immediately put the warning in writing. The landlord should send a written letter to the tenant advising the tenant of the problem, a date to resolve landlord tenant disputes, and cite the numbered line item in the rental agreement to back it up.

Landlords should always work with tenants and show good faith. If a renter is having personal trouble such as being laid off from work and cannot pay the rent, giving the renter a defined time to come up with the money can show compassion. However, it is important to be firm to protect your investment. The landlord is not the tenant’s friend; he is the landlord.

 

 

Dealing with Tenants – The Bottom Line

Landlords have the responsibility to uphold the rental lease agreement to protect their rental property. Dealing fairly with renters goes a long way in keeping the lines of communication open and having a positive relationship with tenants. Landlord follow up is mandatory to ensure the tenant is caring for the apartment or house as outlined in the lease.…

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Virtual Administrative Professional: Working from Home

Virtual Assistant DefinitionVirtual administrative professionals are on the increase. More and more companies are outsourcing administrative work to freelance professionals who are able to do the job without incurring overhead costs such as workers compensation, health insurance and other perks. Add to that the perks of working at home and the reason for the explosion in popularity is obvious.

Administrative professionals are turning to freelance in order to be able to stay at home with their children, continue their education or to be their own boss. Many individual virtual administrative professionals have started their own companies due to an expanding workload.

Getting Started

The first step in becoming a virtual administrator is being ready to handle clients once they are landed. That means having at least a basic home office set up and ready to go before handing out one business card or sending one proposal. Instead of having a supply room to go to, the multitasking is from home and the supply store is across town. Best to make sure the office is ready. So, what are the basic necessities?

  • Computer
  • Word processing and Spreadsheet Software
  • Backup Software
  • Email Client
  • File Folders (some files must be kept permanently)
  • Pens and Paper

This is a very basic list, but is enough to get started with. Most everything will be computerized making the backup a necessity not a luxury. Telling a client that all their data is lost is going to hurt you both monetarily and professionally.

Finding Work

Before leaving a day job and jumping head first into virtual administration visit some of the online companies that pair up virtual workers with companies. Next, network with other professionals in the community to find out their thoughts on virtual administrative professionals.

 

  • Elance is an online virtual freelance clearing house. Offering virtual work in several categories, from Administrative Professional to Writing and Web Design, they post jobs that interested parties can then place bids on. For those who are interested in finding out more about Elance there is Elance for Beginners.
  • GoFreelance is another online site dedicated to matching companies looking for work up to people willing to provide it. Like Elance, jobs are bid on and there is a small fee when jobs are complete.
  • Another option is to spread the word concerning services offered, timeliness of work, and rate charged. Create a brochure identifying services and send them around to offices in the community. Post the listing on Craigslist and in newspapers.

Virtual administrative professionals are here to stay. With technology making it easier and easier to join a meeting from almost anywhere in the world and businesses looking to cut costs, it only makes sense that work is done from home if at all possible. It’s a win-win situation for both the company and the worker.…

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BRIC Nations Lose a Member: Russia Faces Major Currency Devaluation – Again

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Brazil, Russia, India and China were given the acronym BRIC nations in early this decade in response to the growing economic contribution the population of these emerging countries had made to world growth and established economic prosperity.

History of the BRIC Countries

The BRIC countries became net creditors to the world economy. They enjoyed stable governments that encouraged the growth of free market economics. The BRIC group were developing a large middle class that was able to trade with the world, producing goods and services that the world wanted. Growth was considered sustainable since moderate wage levels and wealth from natural resources, growing consumer demand, and emerging strategic importance all indicated a strong economic future. Indeed, growth for the group was well above European and North American averages.

Comparative Strengths of the BRIC

The strength of the China and India experience was built upon industrial and technological innovation and transfer to their large populations. The intention was to move agrarian resources to factory and technology environments. Brazil already held large agrarian resources that were used for both export and bio-fuel production. Brazil also has a relatively stable relationship with its neighbors so that its military budget did not draw upon resources as it did in China, India, and Russia. Like Russia, Brazil benefited from large energy reserves making it a net provider to the world and boosting its export trade credits.

Russia’s Particular Energy Boost to Growth

Russia, while part of the BRIC group of countries was somewhat apart from them as well. Russia, reduced in size and power post-Gorbachev sought to regain world leadership under Vladimir Putin. Putin imposed stringent measures meant to center the country’s economic growth through tight party leadership and a resource-based focus. During the period leading up to 2008 Russia’s growth in power and trade balances was primarily energy and resource based as exploding world demand and prices never anticipated the sharp and painful crisis that followed. The invasion of Georgia, the natural gas price dispute with the Ukraine and the exercise of naval power all were measures of Russia’s strong image of itself.

The Damage of the Global Recession to Russia

Eurasianet reports that Russian officials expect a full year GDP decline of 2.2 per cent. This seems optimistic given the roiling financial markets and the lack of oil to find a base level of support. It is because of the oil situation that the ruble has returned to values not seen in 10 years. 1998 was the year of the Asian contagion, a major banking destabilization crisis that resulted in the devaluation of the ruble.

So far official statistics indicate that Russia’s foreign reserves and gold holdings are around $450 billion. This indicates that over a third of its reserves have been used to support the ruble. As the financial turmoil continues a devaluation against the dollar, perhaps not as steep as the 70 per cent devaluation of 1998, could be in the offing.

BRIC Countries All Have Problems

The issue is that Russia seems unlikely to use the wealth it has to invest in technological transfer as China and India have done. Nor does Russia have the regional stability and diversified resource potential that Brazil does. It is not clear whether Russia can return to a normalized period of economic growth or stability or will remain the high volatility currency play it has been for over a decade. Russia may be a better commodity play than a story of emerging growth.…

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Balancing Work and Home Life When Someone Is Ill: How to care for Sick Family Members While Running a Small Business

Sick Leave and Personal Days - Encyclopedia - Business Terms | Inc.comWhen someone is running a small business, he or she is juggling quite a few tasks and is already often working more hours a week than someone with a traditional nine to five job. If a family member develops a long term illness, most entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by all the additional responsibilities. Does this mean that a small business owner with a sick relative should fold the business and start applying for an office job? Not necessarily. In fact, after the first few overwhelming weeks, most small business owners actually are better able to juggle the additional tasks they need to take on than people with traditional jobs.

Caring for seriously ill family members while successfully running a business requires entrepreneurs to stay organized, to prioritize tasks, to delegate projects to others and to be creative.

Use Calendar Software to Keep Track of Appointments

Hopefully, most small business owners already use calendar software to help them remember all the deadlines, appointments and other important events going on. If not, this is the ideal time to start. It can be very easy to forget that a sales rep was coming by for a 10 am appointment when a medical specialist a family member needs to see is only available at the same time. Having a calendar enables even the most overextended entrepreneur to spot potential conflicts and avoid missed appointments.

Google Calendar and Windows Live Calendar are two free options for those business owners who don’t currently use software to keep track of appointments.

Use Time Management Skills – Learn to Delegate

 

 

 

 

 

When time is at a premium, dividing tasks into those that the small business owner must do and those that someone else can do is one of the easiest ways to create free time. Even a business owner who doesn’t have employees can delegate tasks. Virtual assistants, temp workers, book keepers, cleaning services, lawn care services and other contractual workers can temporarily take on many tasks that the business owner has been doing. Once the routine tasks have been delegated to other people, the business owner can then concentrate on two essential jobs: tasks that earn money and caring for his or her loved one.

 

 

Use Creative Thinking to Find Outside the Box Solutions

 

 

When someone is recovering from an illness, it can be hard to leave him or her for a few hours to run a business. The small business owner may feel so guilty and worried that he or she can barely focus on the task at hand. While a nurse may be too expensive or not quite necessary, there are some other options that can reduce the stress and worry.

  • Barter with a neighbor. Agreeing to do a small job for free or to provide materials at cost in exchange for having a neighbor look in on the patient a few times a day can give peace of mind without straining an already anemic budget.
  • Cut back on hours – While offering clients fewer hours isn’t ideal, it can be a temporary solution. Pinpointing the hours or days when business is slowest will enable the business owner to cut back on hours without unduly inconveniencing customers. If he or she does decide to cut back on hours, making new signage that clearly lists the new opening and closing times is a must. Customers understand a change in operating hours, but coming to a closed building and seeing signage stating that the business is supposed to be open is a frustrating experience.

A serious illness in the family can make running a small business a real challenge. However, by recording all appointments, delegating non-essential tasks and using creative thinking, a small business owner can reduce the stress of juggling care for someone who is ill and the daily operation of a growing business.…

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How To Improve Your Business With Erp Technology

Benefits of ERP - Advantages and Disadvantages of ERP Systems | WorkWiseERP technology encompasses a broad range of software products and solutions, all of which are designed to make it easier for businesses to share information among employees and departments who need access to it. In most ERP software applications, data is maintained in a central database that is updated in real time and can be seen by all employees who have access. This ensures that all departments are working with the same data and eliminates the need for maintaining separate records that may have discrepancies. These are just some of the ways ERP software can help improve your business.

Product Planning

ERP software is a vital tool for planning and creating new products. The assistance rendered by ERP applications begins at the earliest level of product planning when it offers assistance organizing and managing customer expectations that will later go in to the creating of a product that you can be sure is marketable.

Manufacturing

ERP software is also useful at the manufacturing level. It helps factories and manufacturing plants meet best practice requirements so employees work safely and efficiently. It also makes tracking what products are produced and which are most efficient to make easy.

Delivery and Product Orders

In the modern retail world, fast delivery and prompt response to customer orders is essential. With ERP software, all necessary departments can track orders in real time and easily respond to customer questions or issues. When prompt and accurate delivery means managing an order between several different departments, ERP software makes it easy to keep everyone on the same page.

Marketing

ERP software is also useful for your business’ marketing and sales team. Since effective selling is often a collaborative effort, ERP products allow multiple employees to work on the same product. The software tracks changes and allows ideas that turned out to be dead ends to be reverted easily. Additionally, all team members can see the most recent version of he project without hunting through confusing email chains.

Inventory Management

ERP software is the ideal tool for managing inventory. It allows users to see at a glance what products they have in stock and which they are running low on. In addition, it makes running sales metrics easy by tracking what products are selling and which are just sitting on the shelf.

Financial Management

Finally, ERP software can be used to keep track of financials. It is especially useful when multiple departments need to see the same financial documents without the hassle of keeping separate records.

Whatever your business needs and however you need to get organized, there are ERP software solutions by TGI that can help you and your business grow.…

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Pets as Gifts

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Giving pets as gifts or gift for pet owners seems like a pretty good idea instead of the usual cake, balloons, or sweatshirts during the gift-giving holidays and birthdays. Who couldn’t resist cute, warm, feathery or furry creatures. But, there are a lot of things to consider and think over before picking up a rabbit for your niece or a cat for your aunt.

A child may be excited when given a pet. But eventually, as the responsibility of caring for a pet starts to set in, the child will view it as a burden. If the child is way too young to care for a pet of his own, that burden will fall to his parents.


Pets can also put a dent in someone’s pockets. They do come with expenses like doctor visits, food and vitamins. If the person you are giving the pet to has a limited budget or income, he may not welcome the idea of owning a pet. Instead of being happy with having a pet companion, they may only be stressed because of the added financial burden.

Do not surprise someone with a pet unless you know that he wants and is ready to have that specific pet. Having pets need commitment. You are giving them something to take care of, feed, raise, love, nourish and treat well. A pet is not something that you can leave in a corner when you do not want it anymore.

Do your research. Be aware of pet related health issues. Animals can cause allergies, asthma attacks and many medical conditions. Many pets have been given back because children or a family member develop allergies.

Not everyone loves dogs. Some may like cats but prefer to have a goldfish in their home because it requires less maintenance. Different people prefer different kind of animals. Also, pets like people have their own personalities. If your friend likes to hike and camp up in the mountains, do not get him a pet that just likes to laze around the house and sleep all day. Elderly people would rather have some quiet, low-maintenance pets instead of very active ones.

Another factor to consider would be, do they have any existing pets in the family. If yes, will the old pet co-exist comfortably with the new one. Some pets like to socialize while some would rather be the only pet in the house and can be quite territorial.

Take note of the family environment and what environment the pet needs. If the family lives in a condo type unit home, maybe a large pet will not be applicable to them. If they spend all day in the office or school and come home quite late, a pet may not be a welcome idea. Do they travel a lot? Bringing a pet to a family who cannot give it proper attention will not be fair.

When you give someone a pet, make sure that they are properly informed on how to train, nourish and care for their pet. Some pets end up at animal shelters because their owners cannot handle expenses or “behavior issues”. Most of these could be avoided given that the owners have had adequate training, given proper attention to their pets and have made the proper selection of a pet.…

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5 Reasons Why Self Storage is Perfect for Your Business

Are you looking for more space in your office for extra employees or a whole load of new stock? Do you need short term space for storing items when you move? Or are you looking to move to a smaller office to save costs? Office property goes upwards to 1 million in Molesey – when you can find it. Often it is impossible to secure a decent office property at a price that is within a shout of your budget. If you need more space urgently, what do you do? Find out here why self storage is the answer – and about some of the other issues self storage facilities can solve for your business.

  1. Self Storage is Cost Effective 

When you compare the cost of office rental in Molesey with the cost of self storage Molesey provides, there is no contest. Obviously you can’t run all of your business out of a self storage unit if you have a customer-facing operation, but you can use a storage unit to store items that otherwise take up space in the office, which you can then use for business purposes; much cheaper than renting a larger office. You can guarantee that self-storage is not going to bankrupt you, whether you use it for long or short periods of time. And you can end up making more money from a unit – the space you free-up in the office is directly used for profit-building, not storage.

  1. Self Storage Protects Your Belongings 

You don’t need to worry about your leaky office roof and the damage it could cause to computer monitors and paperwork. Storage units are safe and dry, and free from problems with damp. Storage units also have built-in fire protective measures that help to protect your belongings from damage.

 

  1. Self Storage Provides Security 

Don’t worry about spending additional money on a new alarm system to protect items in your office. Move them the self storage where you can take advantage of the security measures already in place. Self storage units are normally equipped with security monitoring facilities, alarm systems, and key access.

  1. Self Storage Has a Variety of Uses

You don’t need to restrict yourself to storing paperwork and old equipment. You could turn a self storage unit into a warehouse space where you organise all the logistics and shipping for your online shop. Or you could use the space to keep large, bulky items that you would otherwise have had to sell in order to increase the space available in the office. If you have different space needs at different times of the year then change what you keep in the storage space – it’s a versatile space that you can use to best meet the needs of your business.

  1. Self Storage Cuts Stress

Clutter is scientifically proven to increase your stress levels. And when you are running a business you need as little stress as possible. Get rid of your clutter by moving it into storage and enjoy a streamlined, minimalist office where you can focus and work more effectively.…

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