Technological advances in the way that businesses record, store and transfer information and data have made significant advancements in every modern industry today. Even in the business of self storage software is now available that updates, automates and simplifies the process of keeping track of virtually every aspect of the organization, from gated access security codes and newly available rental units to employee address changes. What used to be a time consuming quest to save and file away pertinent account information and a tedious engagement of ones time to retrieve it again is now accomplished with a few mouse clicks. This puts the focus of the staff and management back onto their customers, as it should, enabling them to concentrate on the people that keep their business in the black because they keep on coming back, rather than dealing with the minutia of basic record keeping.
Self storage software comes in many forms and it accomplishes dozens, if not hundreds of tasks in a reliable, fast and accurate way. Different programs offer different benefits and can be used for various aspects of business, from marketing and advertising to record keeping, to security and everything in between. For those who own multiple facilities, these programs can completely standardize all of their business operations and link them to each other so that corporate headquarters is granted access to all information. This is a huge benefit for owners of more than one facility, as it gives each individual store an established plan of action and includes all that information into the larger network database.
The ease with which self storage software can enable the quick identification of the status of all units is astounding. Color coded maps, in certain programs, create an immediate frame of reference for the owner and staff of the company. Not only is a user able to see which units are currently rented and which are currently vacant, but also which units are paid in full, payment pending, past due and even in collection and lockout procedures. There are even some self storage software programs that enable the management of a facility to automatically restrict entry access to those customers that are involved in lock out or collections procedures from entering through the security gates.
These programs are also effective when attempting to implement changes simultaneously in more than one facility. Changes in the pricing of units, or in policies, procedures and protocol, can be implemented throughout each of the facilities within a network, taking effect immediately. Many of these programs provide and generate full-scale data and business reports, handle payroll operations as well as all customer data and information, assist with tax forms, newsletters, generate expense reports, budgets and more, and most of these programs will seamlessly run with the most popular office and accounting software that is commonly used.
Self storage software has changed the way that business is done, and has streamlined the efficiency of the legal aspects of the business as well as the office tasks and business organization that comes with the responsibilities of running a busy company. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who is in the business of storing and renting out units, no matter what branch of the industry you may be coming from. In new facilities, these programs are now considered standard office procedure.
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