From eBay sellers to charities and bookkeeping, there are plenty of different businesses that can be based in a storage unit. Instead of taking over your kitchen table with paperwork or running out of space in the living room, why not opt for a storage unit and keep your work separate from your home life?

Getting an office or leasing industrial space can be expensive, considering you’d have to pay rates and utility bills on top of rent. Some months of the year are also busier than others. Seasonal businesses will require more space during those periods but, during the calmer months, you may end up paying for space you don’t need.

Our ‘easy in, easy out’ agreement means that you won’t be tied to a contract for months on end – you don’t have to keep your unit if you don’t need it anymore.  And, if you need to scale up or reduce your business space, we can help you – we’re flexible, so there is no need to consider a move to different premises.

We’re taking a look at the types of businesses that can be based in a storage unit; if you have or are starting one of these businesses, you may want to consider how you can benefit from switching to self-storage.

  1. Online Shop

The last thing you want is for your home to become an order fulfilment centre. No matter where you’re selling your products – be it on eBay, Amazon or Etsy – cluttering your home is never the solution. A self-storage unit can be used as a place to store your merchandise, to photograph it and even to create product listings. Moving everything to a storage unit means you can finally clear up the goods piled everywhere in the house.

  1. Arts and Crafts

Homemade items have taken off in the past few years, due to the growing appeal of websites like Etsy. If you’re running a crafts business, you know it can be challenging to not only find the right place to both store your goods and final products, but to also create those products in the first place. So, whether you need a workplace, a place to store your finished creations before heading over to the local crafts fair or you simply need space to keep boxes full of crafting supplies, self-storage can be the answer.

artists brushes and oil paints on wooden palette.

  1. YouTube Business

This applies to any other business which requires video-making. The walls of your storage unit are great as a neutral background for vlogs and instructional videos – or you can decorate them as you see fit, depending on what you need – and you’ll have the necessary peace and quiet to film uninterrupted. No more disruptions. We provide lighting and electricity sockets and also offer Wi-Fi at Smart Storage, meaning you can upload your video to the Internet the same day you make it.

  1. Writing Business

Don’t have a quiet place at home to concentrate on writing? Tired of being tempted by delicious cakes at the local café instead of finishing that novel? Or perhaps you’re too busy people-watching instead of working? For many writers, it can be incredibly difficult to focus with noise around you or with interruptions, so a storage unit can help you concentrate and boost your productivity.

  1. Charities

If you run a charity or charity shop, you know it’s important to have a dedicated space to keep all of your stock and donations, as well as a place where your records and sensitive information can be safely and securely stored. In addition, you can also use your self-storage unit as an operations base for fundraising, including storing marketing material and prizes.

In fact, Smart Storage supports several charities and help out in a number of ways. You can learn more about our charities and community work on our website.

woman with donations box

  1. Photo Studio

What better place than a storage unit to shoot your photos? After all, with some adjustments, such as proper backdrops and lighting, no one will ever be able to tell whether your photos were snapped inside a storage unit or not. This is also a great space for post-production editing; just add a desk for your laptop, and you’re ready to go.

  1. Independent Publisher

Small, independent publishers will have a lot of stock on their hands – not just books, but also magazines, brochures and pamphlets. Before shipping these items or taking them to retailers, you need a place to store, sort and label everything. A self-storage unit will give you all of the space you need and ensure that your products don’t get damaged. At Smart Storage, we have units of several different sizes, so you can expand as your company grows.

  1. Local Contractor

Contractors such as landscapers can benefit from a spacious and safe place to keep all of their equipment and tools. Not only is landscaping equipment typically expensive, but it’s also bulky and may not fit in the garage at home. This could be anything from lawn mowers and ladders to leaf blowers or wood chippers. Instead of disrupting your home life, you can store all of your equipment in a self-storage unit and our stores offer extended opening hours too. This means you can rely on your storage unit even if you start work very early in the morning and don’t have to worry about ‘office hours’.

tools in the shed for home and garden

  1. Theatre Company

When you think of storage units, art is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, self-storage can be a great solution for businesses in the arts, including theatre companies. We understand the amount of material needed to put on a show: costumes, makeup, props, backdrops, paint, lighting and so much more. A storage unit will keep your materials safe and ready to go at a moment’s notice. – we may even be able to offer you the space to do some dress rehearsals!

  1. Fashion Designer

Tired of finding needles and fabric in every corner of the house? Don’t know where you’ve put your sewing kit? With a self-storage unit, you have the perfect space to be creative and store all of your materials at the same time. Whether you need a desk to create your designs or a power outlet to plug in your sewing machine, Smart Storage can help by giving you all the space and amenities you require to run your business. We’ve got racking and boxes to help you keep your supplies ordered and tidy too.

  1. Event Organiser

Any event planner knows that being methodical and organised is incredibly important. Carrying around binders with key information, keeping documents everywhere around the house or dragging advertising equipment behind you every time you have to go somewhere is not very effective. Instead, use a secure space where you can keep everything, from props to client information and business cards. This way, you can work in peace, be prepared for anything and plan spectacular events, without worrying about missing information or materials.


Our storage units are perfect for business use. Whether you need to work from them or are using them just for storage, they can take away the stress of running your business and ensure that you only need to focus on your day-to-day activities. At Smart Storage, we also accept deliveries on your behalf, so you’re not tied down to your unit 24/7. If you need storage in Warrington, storage in Widnes, storage in Liverpool, storage in Preston, storage in the Wirral or storage in Altrincham, we can help; talk to us if you have any questions.