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How E-Commerce and Traders Use Self Storage

Posted on September 25, 2020 by Peter Donaldson
How E-Commerce and Traders Use Self Storage

If you’re thinking of a change in career and you need something which has a reasonably quick return on investment, e-commerce and online trading is worth a further look. It’s one of the few sectors able to enjoy growth during the lockdown, instead of various others which still face financial issues. Best of all, there’s no sign of this changing anytime soon due to the increase in online customers.

InStore Storage works with several companies who use e-commerce as part of their daily operations. This gives us more insight into what’s happening in Dorset and the UK’s business world and how our services can benefit new enterprises. With this in mind, here’s how storage can benefit any e-commerce or similar trading business.

E-Commerce and Trading in Dorset –

Most business sectors take a while to create credible connections and a steady supply chain before getting anywhere near making a profit. This is why any prospective business owner must do their due diligence to ensure they understand the nature of their industry before they launch. The first year of any start-up company is very much a make or break situation, where breaking even could make all the difference.

If you’re looking into which sectors have the potential for a fairly speedy return on investment, you should check out e-commerce. It has the potential for a quick return on investment and doesn’t require lots or any experience. This doesn’t mean it’s easier than other types of employment, but there are elements present which make it possible to start making ground at a faster rate.

Dorset has seen an increase in online sales as the traditional ways of buying is changing at a rapid pace. More and more business happens away from the high street, which means people are purchasing more products and services online. The future could see a different consumer landscape where physical stores may need to modernise to stay relevant.

E-commerce is an increasingly popular sector, both in the UK and globally. If you’re thinking of a change that can incorporate a passion project, this might be the perfect fit. Lots of e-commerce traders work within niche sub-sectors where they turn their hobby into a viable business.

The Benefits of Self Storage for E-Commerce –

While there are numerous ways self storage can benefit businesses in Dorset, we’ll concentrate on two in this section. The first point we hope any new or existing business owner will entertain is using storage to link with a man and van service. This is distribution and warehousing on a lean budget. The second concept is using a self storage unit for all your stock provisions and using coworking spaces to keep your running costs down.

One advantage InStore has for business customers is our drive-up storage units. This makes it efficient and straightforward, with easy loading and unpacking giving you a quick turnaround. You can also access your self storage unit whenever you need to, during our business hours. That’s why this set-up is perfect for e-commerce and other traders. The infrastructure you need to start is already in place.

For many new starts in e-commerce trading, the initial problem is finding an affordable place to call home. At InStore Storage, we provide storage at below-market rates. Like many e-commerce entrepreneurs, you can rent one or more storage units for your goods. Then, rather than renting an office space, you can utilise coworking spaces or a home office.

Man & Van for Collections and Deliveries –

Lots of e-commerce start-ups and other small businesses need a vehicle for collections and deliveries. Unfortunately, buying a van or car isn’t cheap and might dent your budget before you even start trading. Similarly, using a courier company will increase your expenses, especially if a large part of your daily operations has a distribution element.

InStore Storage works with business clients who use us for local and national distribution, and we have affordable pricing. Our Removals service is ideal for this purpose, making local logistics for collections and/or deliveries a simple task. We always assign two team members to handle goods or equipment. And every member of the InStore Storage team has expert handling and packing skills.

We always strive to provide value for money to ensure we can offer our services to new and smaller enterprises. Everything you entrust into our care will only be handled by experts, so you don’t need to worry about damage or breakages while loading or unpacking. Additionally, our team know exactly how to arrange everything in our vehicle to avoid any objects making contact during transit.

Using InStore Storage’s man with a van service will mean you don’t have to buy or lease a vehicle. You’ll have to cost everything in detail before making any decisions, but in most cases, this will save you money. Couple this with our previous point for using storage for your products and you’ll have more capital at your disposal.

Other Tips for New Businesses in Dorset –

There are three things we’ll cover in broad strokes, but we advise you to improve your knowledge by researching everything in more detail. Fittingly, the first point is research. You’ll need to put yourself in the mindset of doing regular research, as well as a system for saving it. Even if you have a business with customers ready, it’s vital to search for more information to prepare yourself automatically. And in light on the recent pandemic lockdown, understanding potential problems before they happen is necessary.

This brings us to the second point – a business plan. Regardless of the type of business you’re starting, it’s crucial to have a detailed overview before you launch. If you’re seeking investment from third parties or via an SME grant scheme, they will ask for a lot of information. You can read more about creating a business plan here. You’ll need to flex your researching skills as you build, edit, and update this plan.

Our final consideration incorporates a few critical elements for any new business. We can’t state this enough – you’ll need to set and maintain a lean budget. There will be challenging times where things seem overwhelming. That’s why it’s vital that you don’t stall when you feel fear, continue past resistance and get out of your comfort zone. You can do this by surrounding yourself with people who believe in you, which includes the InStore team.

Partner with a Reliable Storage Provider –

At InStore Storage, we take security seriously. We have measures in place to ensure that there is only one way to enter and exit our depot. There’s CCTV and recording equipment coverage throughout our branch. This makes it the ideal place to store your business’s goods and equipment to keep them safe and secure.

InStore has an ethos of providing the highest level of customer service for every person and company who works with us. We’re confident that our range of storage and removals services can add value to your e-commerce business. Our team will handle all your collections and deliveries with the utmost care and attention. And we’ll do everything possible to help your new venture succeed.

Our storage and removals packages are the most affordable in Dorset and the surrounding areas. That’s why we attract companies from all over the county, and we’re fortunate to enjoy returning customers. From experience, we know that new businesses thrive when they have the right connections to help lower costs. This is why InStore Storage is the first company you can partner with to turn your ambitions into reality.

InStore Storage – Helping Businesses Succeed in Dorset –

InStore has a range of storage options that cater to virtually every type of company, which caters to small businesses and multinational corporations. And you won’t need to use other service providers. We have multiple removals and storage packages for you to choose from, making it possible to provide you with an exact service to fit your requirements.

From your first inquiry to us, you’ll notice how positive and knowledgeable our staff are. We want your company to succeed, and it’s also an uncertain time for anyone new to running a business. That’s why we go out of our way to make things easier for you. And having an extensive range of storage and related packages is vital to our Quality Policy.

Moreover, using one company for both a removals and storage will lower your costs. You’ll also be able to hand over a lot of the work for us to handle. This should free you up to take on other important tasks while we handle your storage and distribution. That’s why we have repeat customers who use us again for their next business relocation and other services.

If you’re thinking of starting your own business, please contact us today. We’ll go through our storage and removal packages to show you how partnering with us can make your new enterprise an instant success.