It’s So Easy: Save Time and Money with Self Storage Near Your Site

  • A contractor carries a large piece of lumber into his self storage unit.
Time is money, right?

So imagine this: You’re working on a job about an hour away from your headquarters. Chances are, you’ve got supplies and equipment that you can’t keep at the site. Next thing you know, you—and your paid employees—are crisscrossing all over town. And that’s before a single lick of actual work is done.

It’s enough to make a contractor cry.

Happily, there is an alternative. And it doesn’t involve leaving your stuff at a site—vulnerable to theft, vandalism or the elements.

Self Storage for Contractors

Self storage allows you to rent exactly the space you need for exactly how long you need it.

Does the job take two months longer than you planned? No problem.

Do you end up needing more space than you anticipated? No problem.

You’re not locked into a contract. And all of your supplies are located close to your job site where you have 24-hour access and, if you need it, even climate-controlled storage.

Saving Money with Contractor Self Storage

You’re a businessperson, so you’ve probably already done the math on this. But, just in case, we’ll spell it out.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the drive to and from work doesn’t count as working. But if your employee stops to pick up supplies on the way, he or she has to be paid from that point on.

So if your headquarters are an hour from your job site, that’s an hour’s wage—multiplied by however many employees went along for the ride. Then there’s the ride home. And don’t forget to factor in any not-so-quick jaunts to pick up any supplies or equipment you unexpectedly needed.

And what’s a storage unit cost? It varies by location and size, of course, but they can start at about $50 a month. It’s easy to see how you could spend that amount in just one day on employee travel.

What’s more, you’ll be freeing up space in your warehouse, shop, or home garage.

Do the Numbers Work for You?

Every construction business is different and it may well be that your current set-up is working great for you. But if you find that your travel expenses are adding up, it’s worth exploring other options. At StorageMart, we offer affordable self-storage units for construction businesses and independent contractors that are clean and well-lit. What’s more, they can be rented on a month-by-month basis. You’ll be getting more space—and also a streamlined start to your day.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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