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4 Common Business Storage Problems That Containers Can Solve

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When you’re looking to expand your business, storage problems can present headwinds for your organization. Shipping containers are an easy and affordable way for your organization to meet both short-term and long-term needs. In this blog, we’ll examine a few storage problems that containers will solve for your business.

From keeping up with fluctuating demand to preparing for upcoming projects and creating long-term custom storage, we’ll examine a variety of issues that businesses face today.

“My Business Doesn’t Have Enough Storage to Keep Up with The Demand”

Like many businesses, you might have moved into a smaller space when you were first getting your operations established. In fact, many of the largest companies in the world today were started in small spaces: Google’s first workplace was in Susan Wojcicki’s garage, while YouTube’s first office was in a rat-infested space above a pizza restaurant.

However, there comes a time when you must move on from your old space. Storage problems can be one of the catalysts. In cases like this, it can feel suffocating to try to make a smaller space work when you’ve already expended all inside storage options.

As a result, you may want to look at renting a bigger space for your operation. In the meantime, it’s helpful to keep storage containers on hand to create space for your inventory or other items until you solidify a more permanent move. A standard 20ft storage container has an interior storage volume of 1,166 ft3, which provides plenty of space for both short and long-term needs.

“Our Organization Is Expanding, But We Want to Keep Our Storage Onsite”

When you’re in the process of expanding, there’s a lot of things you need to move around. Whether it’s an expansion project or a short-distance move, it can be a challenge to manage the logistics of equipment and inventory. Additionally, you might be worried about being able to afford the new space.

Larger spaces typically have higher overhead costs than your previous space, which adds financial pressure, and might necessitate a short-term solution in the meantime.

With an on-site solution like shipping containers for storage, you can have the benefits of security while maintaining affordability and flexibility. Most 20ft shipping containers can be transported with a forklift, even when loaded. This means that you can stay in a smaller space longer, saving money and easing the transition to the new space.

Combining containers’ security features with their portability creates an ideal storage solution that meets expanding business needs.

A shipping container used for storage sits in front of a commercial business.
Containers are versatile enough that you can store them in a variety of locations. From car parks to empty lots, you can place a container wherever it works best for your organization.

“We Have A Project Coming Up, But Don’t Know How Long We’ll Need Storage”

It’s a common scene in the construction industry. A project starts, and it runs for longer than expected. Costs start piling up, pressure adds on and frustrations run hot.

A study from McKinsey estimates that 98 percent of megaprojects have cost overruns of more than 30 percent, and 77 percent of projects are at least 40 percent late. But it’s not just the big, ambitious projects that suffer from these problems.

From 2013-2015 KPMG found that only 25% of building contractor’s projects came within 10% of their original deadlines, and just 31% came within 10% of the project budget.

That’s a problem if you’re a contractor trying to figure out how long you need storage for. You need a flexible option that puts you in control of your own storage.

Fortunately, storage containers from Southwest Mobile Storage do just that. When you rent from us, you can call off the containers any time after the first 28 days, meaning that you only pay for the days that you use the container.

Has the project been canceled or postponed due to inclement weather? While other contractors might be angrily asking why they’re still paying for a container rental on a project that’s no longer scheduled, we’ll take care of the container for you, so you can get back to business.

The day after you call off the containers, we pro-rate your rental, giving you the flexibility to make quick decisions on the jobsite and adjust to changing circumstances during the length of your project.

“We Need Long-Term Specialized Storage That’s More Affordable Than Permanent Structures”

When your business is expanding, you might run into problems that demand a more robust solution than a standard shipping container for storage. For instance, if you own a painting business that’s frequently moving paint cans in and out of your storage, a roll-up door might add value to your operations.

Or, you might be a sub-contractor working on a construction site, responsible for keeping track of several types of pipes, cables and tools. We can add racks and cabinets to your storage container, allowing ease of access to essential work equipment.

Other times, your business has a need that goes beyond simple storage. For these circumstances, we can modify a shipping container for your specific needs. Whether you need plumbing, custom flooring or windows, we’ll make it happen.

Perhaps you need more ventilation, or even climate control. No worries! We can add modifications that meet your business’ unique needs, from partitions to personnel doors, keypads and more.

A shipping container modified with hooks on the inside.
Specialized storage spaces like this container, modified with hooks, can customize your storage to meet your organization’s unique needs.


If you’ve been in business long enough, you’ve likely faced storage problems. You might be able to relate to some of the problems that we’ve addressed in this blog, from not having enough storage space to the complications of obtaining long-term specialized storage.

If you’re interested in solving your businesses’ storage problems, contact us today, and we’ll connect you with a container sales representative that can direct you to the right solution for your needs.

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