Have you ever seen those storage container homes or offices? It’s a growing trend that is nothing short of creative as well as eco-friendly or green. That’s why we decided to talk to someone who is in business and making storage containers work for them.
Catherine Behrenst from Music@Play Academy uses her storage unit as a group and private piano studio and says it works perfect for her business model.
“I needed a place of business outside my residence and found this complex (AAA Business Center) that leases space 150 sq. ft. and up. It is efficient and ideal for my part-time business,” says Behrenst.
Behrenst thinks this option would work for a full time business, as well as she sees that many of the other tenants are full time.
A Day in The Life of a Storage Container Business
“Most of my students are school children and working adults, so I operate mainly in the afternoons and evenings. The business park provides restrooms and utilities. I provide my equipment within the unit. I am next door to a financial planning service and an art studio,” explains Behrenst.
But what’s the cost for something like this? Behrenst says she pays about $600 per month for a 300 sq. ft. unit and that includes utilities, restrooms, landscaping and security (cameras and fence).
- Cost sharing is optimal.
- They keep up the landscaping and utilities, and tenants like Behrenst can afford a small space outside their home to operate a growing business.
But it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Unfortunately sharing spaces can often times mean that some things are not in the tenant’s control.
- Common spaces can be damaged.
“Someone keeps destroying the restrooms, so we are having to control access,” says Behrenst. “This is inconvenient for her as a sole proprietor with no employees.”
- Visibility or walk-ins are few and far between.
“People tend to think they’re just a storage facility and don’t really give the businesses as much attention as those on the main street. Once they find out it is a small business park, they tend to start looking around,” shares Behrenst.
So having tried this for her business, Behrenst highly recommends this for someone in a similar situation. She says that as Homeowner’s Associations and other neighborhood restrictions (and threats to security) rise, this could be an ideal model for cities to develop. Her complex has 35 units and a lot of them are used for business purposes.