20 Mar 2015

How To Create Space In Your Shop With Self-Storage

Your storefront is for one thing: showing products to customers! You want customers to see your available merchandise, and the more store space you have, the more you can show. As a result, any space used primarily for storage is a waste. This is especially true in the Greater Toronto Area, where any storefront comes at a premium. Cost of Storage Space versus Shop Space Storage lockers cost, at most $1 per square foot. Let’s compare that to GTA retail space. A decent price in the suburbs is $4 per square foot. That’s not too bad. But in a downtown high-traffic area like Yonge Street? We’ve seen prices over $22 a square foot. If you have a good location, using a single square foot to stack boxes effectively costs you hundreds of dollars a year. The potential savings of storing a larger amount of inventory off-site could be in the thousands! Creating an Off-Site Inventory System The only challenge in…

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17 Oct 2014

One of the unwritten rules of moving is that there will be a period of time during the process where some or all of your possessions will have no permanent place to stay. Many people forget this rule when they begin the process, and end up scrambling when the time comes. A self storage unit offers several benefits when you’re moving, and will help the process run a lot more smoothly. For Buyers Sometimes, when you buy a home there is a gap between the time you have to vacate your current dwelling and when you’re able to move in to the new one. Finding accommodations may not be an issue for you, but that doesn’t mean your possessions will…

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30 Jul 2013

When most people think of self storage units, they think of a place where they can keep their valuables, primarily when they are involved in a home move. However, there are far more benefits than…

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26 Jul 2013

When buying anything, it's usually always cheaper to plan for the long term, and the same goes when obtaining a self storage unit. At Jiffy Self Storage, you will be rewarded for knowing your plans and…

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28 Jun 2013

Self storage facilities likely offer a number of services that consumers are not aware of and could be the deal breaker in whether they decide to store their valuables. For instance, reputable self storage facilities provide…

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18 Dec 2012

Individuals starting their own businesses run into initial challenges that often make or break their entrepreneurial spirit. In an effort to curb this effect, Spin Master has partnered with the Business Development Bank of Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation in order to bring the Spin Master Innovation Fund to its third year.Entrepreneurs looking to get ahead and save money in the early stages of their business should consider Toronto self storage. Units are available to house business operations and supplement the high cost of office rent.The Spin Master Innovation Fund will give up to 10 Canadians, 18 to 39, $50,000 to grow their small businesses. They also spend a day at workshops with Spin Masters executives.“We've had our…

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6 Nov 2012

According to Canada Housing and Mortgage, the Toronto housing market recovery is slowing down and is not likely to fully recover until the second half of 2013. Condominium sales have continued to decline, averaging $358,741 in October, down 2 percent from a year ago, the Toronto Star reported.Any Toronto area homeowner looking to free up space in their home should consider Toronto self storage as an inexpensive way to store their valuables.“I believe the slowdown we’re seeing has largely been caused by the tightening of financing rules and is a short-term shock which is basically going to take some people out of the market for a year [until they can save up a bigger down payment]," Brad Lambl, a realtor…

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3 Oct 2012

The Beach Fairway Golf Range will close its doors on October 8 after 13 years of business, the Toronto Star reported.Those needing a place to store their golf gear and other sports equipment in the Toronto area should look into self storage.“It’s a sad end to a great business,” Kim Holman, who started the range with her husband, Brian Jacobsen, 51, in 1999, told the Toronto Star. “It’s the end of an era.”Beach Fairway has paid nearly $100,000 each year for rent and property taxes but Build Toronto, the city's real estate arm, will not renew their their lease.Holman added that the prices for land are so high that it is highly unlikely another green grass golf green will ever…

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21 Jun 2012

A new report by Ernst & Young shows that while small businesses contribute strongly to a nation's economy, they often have trouble attracting investors.The Calgary Herald reports the study shows small businesses account for 50 percent of the employment in G20 nations, indicating that these smaller companies are a key factor in any country's economic growth. Despite this, the companies only attract 6 percent of the total investment in these nations."Access to funding continues to be one of the most significant challenges for the creation, growth and survival of SMEs, particularly innovative ones," Colleen McMorrow, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Leader in Canada, told the news source. "In our survey of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs across the G20, almost two-thirds…

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3 Apr 2012

A recent survey indicates that Canadians who recently bought their first home or are intending to buy in the next few months are in the best shape financially.Genworth Canada and the Canadian Association of Credit Counselling Services recently ran a survey asking 1,533 Canadians about their overall financial health. The results showed that those who recently bought their first house were strong financial planners: nearly 60 percent saved for their down payment in under two years, while 64 percent said they enjoy planning out their finances."First-time homebuyers are the engine that will drive the housing market in the next few years," says Brian Hurley, Chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada.One way for first-time homebuyers to save themselves some money is…

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27 Feb 2012

Many people continue to use self storage units as a means to keep their trinkets and valuables safe. The spaces also take on new metaphoric meaning for one poet, who recently published her latest poem, Self-Storage, in The Monarch Review, KUOW.ORG reports.In the poem, artist Rebecca Hoggs describes a loss of love and uses self storage as a metaphor for the places she stores her memories and thoughts of her lost love."It’s all too real how I keep myself to myself. I have rented a self-storage unit on the edge of a natural depression," Hoggs writes in her poem in The Monarch Review. "I am the stuff I store. So sky, keep your bolts to yourself. If you don’t have…

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9 Jan 2012

Many seniors in Toronto, Canada, and throughout the world are beginning to realize that it is impossible to stay in their homes safely. Some may decide to move in with their adult children, while others may opt to move into assisted living facilities. In either scenario, a huge question that comes with such a big move is, "where will all of my stuff go?"According to The Expositor, moving can be extremely stressful for seniors as their whole lives will be turned upside down."Moving is a life-altering event," Claudio Martin, who operates a small business that helps seniors move, told the publication. "It doesn't matter if it's voluntary or involuntary. The stress can be debilitating."A way to keep all of their…

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28 Sep 2011

Canada's known for a lot of things, and one of them is how highly its regarded on the world stage.According to the global consulting firm Reputation Institute and its 2011 Country RepTrak, Canada has earned the highest reputation ranking among 50 countries polled.The results of the study were based on the responses of 42,000 survey participants which involved questions that measured overall trust, esteem, admiration and good feelings held toward 50 countries."The study shows that a strong country reputation requires a solid performance across three different areas: having an advanced economy, an appealing environment and an effective government," said Nicolas Trad, executive partner of the Reputation Institute.Canada edged out Sweden as having the best RepTrak score with 74.8 to Sweden's…

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18 Aug 2011

Balloon artists, clowns, dances and other festivities recently took place at the fifth annual BuskerFest Children’s Picnic in Toronto, at which more than 500 children from area camps spent the day, the Toronto Sun reports. Additionally, the kids, their parents and other guests were treated to free food from St. Lawrenece Market, according to the newspaper. “This is a fun assignment because you get to meet all the kids and I love this neighbourhood,” auxilary officer Terry Birkett, who patrolled the event, told the paper. “It is so interesting and dynamic.” The picnic is a precursor to the 12th Annual BunkerFest – the largest North American festival, according to event entertainment director Mackenzie Muldoon – which runs in the city…

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11 Aug 2011

As Canadian parents and students prepare for back-to-school shopping, a new report from the accountancy firm Ernst and Young says retailers likely won’t see profits rise in what is typically a busy time for them. “Back to school is the second most important season on the retail calendar,” said Daneil Baer, who heads Ernst and Young’s retail and wholesale industry division. “Although lower than their peak levels, higher gas and grocery bills have reduced consumers’ disposal income, as inflation continues to outpace salary increases.” Another reason why sales will likely be lower this year, according to the source, has to do with higher commodity prices for materials like cotton. Despite the anticipated slowdown in back-to-school purchases, the firm says losses…

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3 Aug 2011

A disorderly workstation may not only diminish someone’s ability to work in a productive fashion, but it may also prevent them from advancing in their company, according to a new CareerBuilder.ca survey. The job search website polled 230 managers and 420 workers between May and June, and found that one-third of employers said they’d be less likely to promote their employees if they had a disorganized desk. “While chaos on your desk space can indicate a busy workload, it can also imply a lack of organization,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The good news is that workers can fix this problem quickly and reverse any negative perceptions of their performance.” Haefner offered several solutions to…

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3 Aug 2011

A disorderly workstation may not only diminish someone’s ability to work in a productive fashion, but it may also prevent them from advancing in their company, according to a new CareerBuilder.ca survey. The job search website polled 230 managers and 420 workers between May and June, and found that one-third of employers said they’d be less likely to promote their employees if they had a disorganized desk. “While chaos on your desk space can indicate a busy workload, it can also imply a lack of organization,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The good news is that workers can fix this problem quickly and reverse any negative perceptions of their performance.” Haefner offered several solutions to…

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6 Jul 2011

Since 2006, Toronto has hosted a city-wide event called the Luminato, an annual celebration of the arts. As in previous years, the 2011 version went off without a hitch. In fact, it was so well done, the Chicago Tribune printed a story about why Chicago should try and be more like Toronto. For instance, as the Tribune states, the Luminato brings tourists and visitors from throughout the world to the GTA who want to appreciate some of the arts’ most talented performers. In so doing, Toronto is outpacing Chicago by 250 percent when it comes to attracting international tourists, according to the source. Speaking to the Tribune, Janice Price, executive director for Luminato, said it took a great deal of…

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24 Mar 2011

Now that spring has finally arrived, many Torontonians are ringing the season in with one its rites of passage: spring cleaning. But just as people are de-cluttering by putting important documents into storage units, never-ending bills, phone books and magazines muddle one’s organization efforts. Perhaps with these people in mind, the Yellow Pages group is reminding Toronto residents that they can opt out of receiving the print version of its directory if they so choose. Consumers and businesses are taking advantage of the internet by going paper-less and the same seems to be happening with the Yellow Pages. “While print directories remain consulted by 1 in 2 Canadians each month to find a business, it is only one of the…

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