If 2020 did any good at all, it forced a lot of people to think outside of the box (if you’ll excuse the pun) when it comes to how they make a living.

You might be sitting within that camp. For instance, are you now considering opening your own Amazon marketplace? Perhaps you’ve finally made good on your promise of creating your own, independent online store.

If that’s the case, you’ve probably got one main question on your mind: where on earth are you going to store your stock?

That’s before you start thinking about logistics. For instance, have you got the capacity to both store your stock and manage the collections and deliveries?

The answer might lie in something you probably haven’t considered: a self-storage unit.


How to run an online store from a self-storage unit

If you fancy joining the 2.4 million active sellers on Amazon or have dreams of opening your own online store, a self-storage unit will provide the space you’ll need.

You may have started your online selling journey already. But, as you’ve probably discovered, it isn’t long before the garage, spare bedroom, or garden shed starts to feel a little cramped for your big ideas.

So, why not run your online business from a self-storage unit, instead?

The first thing this will offer is space – as much as you’ll ever need (until you get so big you need your own warehouse, obviously). This is why eBay and Amazon sellers are increasingly turning to self-storage; it’s affordable and plenty big enough to hold stock while you grow.

But you need a bit more than that, which is why, at Squab, we’ve gone a step further. We know that a huge part of running an online store revolves around the ability to receive and ship stock efficiently.

So, we do it for you! Most self-storage companies fail to offer this vital service for burgeoning online businesses, but our team will do most of the hard work for you, so you can concentrate on finding those all-important customers.


Which online sellers will benefit the most from self-storage?

There are plenty of ways to run online stores in 2021, but there are three in particular which would benefit from using self-storage.

  • Amazon marketplace sellers. The ‘everything store’ is arguably one of the most accessible ways to start an online business. But you’ll pay for the privilege of their distribution services. So, why not start small and do it yourself, with the help of self-storage?
  • eBay sellers. eBay has long been one of the most popular ways for people to make money online. But if your garage is overflowing with your wares, a self-storage unit without a long-term contract would be a great way to slowly expand (and get your own space back!).
  • Online store retailers. If you’re building an independent online retail store, you’ll need space for stock. Avoid filling your home with it and causing unnecessary stress by instead using a self-storage unit.

The best thing about using self-storage for online selling is that you aren’t bound to it for a long period of time. That means you can experiment, grow at your own pace, and ensure the business doesn’t completely overtake the space you have at home.


Book your online storage space today

Ready to kick start your online business? Our self-storage options are super flexible and don’t feature the long-term contracts or leases you’ll be tied into elsewhere.

Contact the Squab team to find out how we can make your online store dream a reality.