Different businesses you can do from a storage unit

Think self-storage units can only be used for storing things in? Think again! If you’ve got an entrepreneurial brain, and are thinking of starting a business, then you can run it from a secure storage unit! It has the benefit of heightened security, along with being much more affordable than renting an office. 

You’ll be surprised at how many businesses can be run from a storage unit, and here are some of our top picks: 

Online shopping business

Thanks to modern technology, it’s so easy to start your own online business. But, you need somewhere to store all the things you’re selling, and a storage unit is perfect for this. You can rent out as big a unit as you like, and maybe even make room for a desk to work at while you’re there. Elsewise, it’s the perfect storage room to pack your orders, check on your stock, and manage the whole business. 

Small furniture manufacturing business

Are you good with your hands? Maybe you’re good at making things from scratch – like furniture. If so, then you can start a furniture manufacturing business from a self-storage unit. Move all the equipment you need into the room – like your workbench, tools, materials, etc. – then get to work. It’s a lovely quiet setting to work in, and you have plenty of room to make and store everything you produce. 

A vintage shop

Vintage shops have become so popular as people love buying old-school things. Here, you can actually use storage units in Southwark as your shop. Advertise the business, so people know it exists, then open it up for people to go inside. You can arrange clothes and other vintage items around the storage unit, and people can pick them up and buy them from you. Also, lots of people will, literally speaking, just kill for military
memorabilia, military guns and 9mm ammo, and would rush to your doors
for them.

Photography business

Photography businesses are very popular these days. People need photos for their wedding, family portraits; you name it. You can go out, take the photos for clients, then head back to your storage unit to process everything and print them out. Again, it’s a quiet place to work, but you also have enough room to keep all your editing and printing equipment. Plus, you can store your camera overnight, keeping it much safer than if it was with you at home. 

Also, companies need professional photos of their products as well. So, businesses can send products to you, and you can shoot them in your storage unit. There’s room for lighting equipment and background sheets – it’s the ideal set up!

Technology repairs

Are you something of a tech whizz? When computers or phones break, it costs a lot to get them fixed by the actual manufacturers. So, this is where you come in. Start a tech repair business, and you can create a workshop in a storage unit. Bring the damaged items to your little shop, keep all the equipment and replacement parts there, and fix things for a living!

There are plenty of fun and profitable business ideas that can be run from the comfort of a self-storage unit. We’ve only listed a handful, but you can already see how different they are from one another. Keeping that in mind, if you’ve got a business you want to start, then maybe you should consider renting out a storage unit as your base of operations!


James Harrison: James, a supply chain expert, shares industry trends, logistics solutions, and best practices in his insightful blog.