Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business ServicesBalancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

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Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

My company is now over a decade old and I still outsource several key functions. It isn't that I can't afford to keep them in house. It is just that outsourcing is the most financially responsible decision I can make. I outsource all sorts of support services. One company manages my IT needs. Another partner takes care of the payroll and remitting taxes. I even have a cleaning service that comes in at night, does the windows, and in general keeps everything spotless. If you think outsourcing might benefit your business, let's talk. I'll tell you what I outsource and why. From there, you can decide if my strategy would also work for you.

Three Times When Renting a Storage Unit May Be a Wise Choice

Whether you are simply trying to get a handle on your home's clutter or preparing for a move, storage units may come in handy. Most companies rent on a month-to-month basis, so it's easy to get a unit for only as long as you need it. Storage units typically range in size from a closet-like 5 X 10 to a two-car garage version that's 20 X 20. Below are three situations where a storage unit can save the day.

When You Are Getting a Handle on Clutter

After years of your "collecting," your possessions have started outgrowing your home space. Perhaps your significant other is prompting you to get rid of that oversized moose head on the wall or that stuffed marlin you caught off the coast of Mexico. Or maybe you've boxed up your beer stein collection, and now those boxes are the centerpiece of your den. Instead of getting rid of your cherished possessions, consider renting a storage unit. That storage unit is also a great idea for decluttering if you're putting your home on the market. When realtors stage a home for sale, they want all unnecessary items removed.

When You Are Renting Your Home Out

If you have landed your dream job in another city or state, and you're not ready to sell your home, you might want to rent it out. One big decision is whether to rent the home furnished or unfurnished. Either way, putting your personal items in storage is a given. If you're going the unfurnished route, you'll need a bigger storage unit. Some self-storage companies may have moving trucks or trailers for rent or may be affiliated with nearby rental firms. Self-storage firms may also offer referrals to moving companies in case you don't have the time or inclination to make the move on your own.

When You Need Storage for Moving Snafus

Storage units also work well in unexpected situations, such as with a move that doesn't go as planned. Perhaps you already sold your home, and the closing date on your property doesn't coincide with that of the house you are buying. You have to be out by the 30th, but your new property won't be ready until halfway through the following month. Instead of storing everything in your cousin's garage, put it in a storage unit close to your new home. That way, your belongings will be within easy reach when you take possession of your new digs.

Talk to companies like I-70 Self Storage for more information.