As a self storage owner, there is always a list of things for you to do or you might hire someone else to do your list for you. Whatever the case, you have a lot on your plate that you have to figure out how to do it all in a timely fashion. There are many owners who like to fly by the seat of their pants while others want to ensure that ever little detail has been covered before moving on. Sometimes the littlest detail missed could mean a bigger issue later.
On a day to day basis, what does an owner think about? I am not a self storage owner, so I can only speculate. Most owners think about the next car they are going to buy because of how their self storage facility is flourishing. Ok that is not the case. Even if it was, no one would admit it. It is assured that the self storage owners are thinking about such things as potentially acquiring more facilities, ensuring their facilities are being managed correctly and other things like limiting operational costs. The owners do not just sit back and twiddle their thumbs. They have serious work to do. Most of their work is mental.
You will see how different owners work depending on how much they want them wants to be involved in the process. Some will get right in there behind a counter and work at a store from time to time, while others will get together with their managers and brain storm. Those brain storming sessions can be a very good thing because that is where all the new ideas in self storage come from. Great ideas do not just happen, they are thought of and then implemented. It takes a team coming together in order to make some things happen. It also takes a lot of patience.
Not a lot of people give owners the respect they are due. Honestly they are some hard working people. If they are not in the trenches with their people, at least they are behind the scenes making sure bills get paid, the business grows, and the doors stay open. If they are not doing this for the company, then that would be a problem, but they are. If you are getting a pay check as a manager or an associate, things are going well. It would take some work for owners to get the credit they are due since they are the big boss. There is always a negative thought about bosses to where no one thinks they do anything. But people do strive to be a boss on day.
It is true that it takes a whole team effort to run a self storage business. It takes more than just the owner barking orders and managers doing as they are told. It takes a partnership. It takes a level of respect. Managers have to know that the owners are doing what they need to do in order to assist them in the stores. Owners have to know that the managers are doing all they can to take care of the customers. Managers see all that is going on in their level of the job, so they might have some ideas to make positive changes to the company. The owners just have to listen and make that tough decision on whether or not it can be done or it is best for the customer. Each part of the process is putting in some hard work.
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