If you run a business, you need to make sure your office space is organized and efficient. Lack of organization can lower your revenue, raise your operating costs and affect the viability of your business. According to the Houston Chronicle, having an untidy workplace can impact the morale of your employees, create an unprofessional atmosphere and even cause safety issues. A big part of keeping your workplace organized is making sure you have enough commercial storage space. A.B. Richards can help with that. We have portable storage units that are ideal for businesses. We’d also like to share with you some packing tips so you can make the most of your storage rental.
Reasons Your Business Could Use a Portable Storage Container
The first thing you need to do is to identify the reason you might need extra storage. You could have unused office furniture that needs to be out of sight. This can often happen if you have a seasonal business or if you run a restaurant, hotel or bar that needs to store excess tables and chairs.
Retail outlets and shops might also need to store out of season merchandise. Or you might need the extra space to store excess merchandise because your business is growing. You may need storage space temporarily because your business is in the process of moving or undergoing a renovation.
Or you might simply want to declutter. Extra storage can give you a chance to get a better handle on record keeping, better protection of your business assets and allow you to operate your business more efficiently.
What to Do When It’s Time to Pack
Now that you know the benefits of renting a portable storage container, like A.B. Richards’ 20-foot container, you’re ready to plan packing. It’s a good idea to keep very good lists of what’s being packed and to label all boxes. If you’re packing material that will eventually be moved out of storage, you need to clearly label its final destination. You should also note which employees are going to have access to the materials that are being stored.
If you’re packing electronics or computer equipment you should be sure to pack them securely and to properly insulate them. You want to make sure they are not damaged by excessive cold, heat or humidity. Papers also need to be placed in dry areas away from sunlight. It’s probably not a good idea to place boxes containing paper records directly onto the floor of your unit. Instead, put it on top of a pallet.
When packing heavy furniture, it’s also smart to place it onto a pallet, a tarp or a plastic sheet. If you can disassemble furniture to save space, try to do so. Many pieces of office furniture can also be positioned vertically into the storage container. Some chairs can be stacked and some tables should be placed upside down with their legs up. If you have to store furniture or have large storage needs, A.B. Richards has 40-foot storage containers and 40-foot Jumbo storage containers with an extra foot of headspace that will start you on the road to becoming better organized.
A.B. Richards Can Take Care of Your Commercial Storage Needs
Using portable storage containers for commercial storage also makes sense from a cost perspective. Renting a portable storage unit costs far less per square foot than renting extra office space. A.B. Richards offers the most cost efficient pricing out there. That’s because we don’t hit you with an extra charge to pick up your storage container once you’re done with it. A.B. Richards can help make your business run smoother. To find out more, contact us today.