Video Series Episode 2 - Selecting the Right Management Software
By Ken Hendrickson
No matter what size of storage facility you operate, it is crucial to have a management software in place to run the day-to-day workload of your business. In the first video of our series, Ken Hendrickson points out key features to look for when deciding on what management software to use and how it will affect your daily operations.
Web Based Software
A Web Based software allows you to manage your facility, payments, tenants, and more from any device and any location. This means that you won’t be limited to a single device that runs your business. Whether you are on the go or in the mountains fishing, you’ll be able to access your management software to run your facility on any device and from any location.
A sign of a company whose software does not have the features that will meet your needs is one who will try to lock you into a long-term contract. They know that once you sign the dotted line they’ve got you on the hook whether you are happy or not. Don’t get fooled into these types of deals. Look for a management software that can talk-the-talk and walk-the-walk. This means they know that the features of the software will meet every need and work month-to-month rather than locking you into a lengthy agreements.
Easy to Use/ Inexpensive
Let's face it, when the rubber hits the road it is essential that you actually be able to utilize all the features a software has to offer. It doesn’t matter how flashy or neat something looks, if you can’t use it for what it is intended for then it will be of little value and only cause frustration in the future. On top of that, you want to make sure that the software you choose will allow you to remain profitable and won’t break the bank with things that really aren’t essential to your facility’s success.
For better or worse, everyone is moving online now days. Even in the storage industry which tends to be more focused on mom-and-pop style management, it is essential for success that your facility is competitive online. Look for features such as online rentals, online bill-pay, and e-sign lease agreements. If your website connects to your management software it will allow your tenants to rent units easily and without hands on effort from you. They will also be able to manage their own accounts by logging into the software and making sure their balance is paid off month-to-month.
Choosing the right management software lays the foundation for future success. If you have any questions or comments about Self Storage Management Software please contact us at Easy Storage Solutions.
Stay tuned for our upcoming video: Storage Facility Marketing Techniques!