Managing A Storage Facility Effectively

Although the self storage industry is highly profitable, your business might suffer if you make the wrong choices early on. I have managed various self storage businesses for thirty years, and I can tell you from experience how important it is to pay attention to the details.

Please use my website to learn more about how to choose a facility to invest in, how you can manage it effectively, and how you can improve occupancy. Storage businesses can be challenging to run, but they don’t have to rule your life. If you take the time to educate yourself and make good decisions, you won’t have to worry about lawsuits or employee problems.

Want to Drug Test Your Employees? Benefits of Hair Versus Urine Drug Screening

Screening your employees for drugs is a smart idea, especially if they are going to be driving vehicles, operating heavy machinery, or engaging in any other activity where they can injure someone if they are impaired. However, before you screen your employees, you must first decide whether you want to do hair drug screen or urine drug screening. There are benefits to both types of screening methods and learning these benefits can help you decide which makes the most sense for your business. Here are a couple of benefits for each method. Benefits of Hair Screening 1. Hair Screening is More Accurate than Urine Screening. One of the biggest benefits to hair screening is that it is more accurate than urine screening. When you do urine drug screening, there is a possibility of false positives, especially if the urine was not collected or stored correctly. False negatives are rare with hair screening. Additionally, hair screening can detect drugs in the system for a longer period of time than urine, making them more accurate in finding drug users. Hair testing can detect drug patterns, can detect the frequency with which the drugs were taken and can even differentiate between different kinds of opiates that urine can’t, such as poppy seeds versus illegal drugs. 2. It’s Harder to Manipulate the Results of a Hair Drug Test. The other advantage to a hair drug test is that it is much harder to manipulate the results of a hair drug test. Many drugs remain in the hair for an extended period of time and can’t be washed out, removed or diluted. On the other hand,...

Overwhelmed by Debt? A Debt-Free Life May Be Closer Than You Think

The average Canadian owes an average of over $27,000 on things like cars, credit cards and other non-mortgage loans. This is a staggering number for most middle-class Canadians; in most circumstances, it’s not possible to simply pay this off in a few months. If you are struggling with high levels of debt, you might feel overwhelmed, anxious and even depressed. The good news is that you might be able to pay down your debt quickly by following a few simple steps. Stop Spending It sounds like common sense, but it’s difficult for many people to declare a moratorium on all unnecessary spending. Create a budget that will allow you to pay for your groceries, gasoline and obligatory bills, and see what you have left over. If it turns out that you’re not able to continue with your current lifestyle without relying on credit, then you’ve entered the danger zone of spending money that you don’t have on a regular basis. If this is the case, you will need to seek help from a financial expert. What if you’re not sure how to even go about making a budget? Start off by recording your income and expenses every day for a month. This includes money spent on coffee, a magazine and anything else you buy. This will help you allocate money toward next month. Pay Down Debt One Loan at a Time Gather up all of your credit card statements, your car loan note and any other debts you have. Decide in which order you would like to pay these off. In general, there are two options. The first is...

Possibly Rabid Raccoons Ready To Rampage This Season: Be Ready!

When you think of pests, cockroaches and rats may come to mind–pests whose very appearance makes people shudder with revulsion. Disease and filth are the images your brain conjures up when you think of them. Raccoons, on the other hand, are undeniably cute. Their bandit-striped face masks and fluffy tails seem to say, “Come play with me.” However, don’t be deceived: these mischievous mammals represent danger to homeowners or business owners. With summer right around the corner, you need to prepare for more of these masked marauders than usual and protect yourself against the possibility of rabies. The rundown on raccoons Raccoons are found throughout southern and central Canada. Although they tend to live in wooded areas, they adjust quite well to urban areas because of the easy food pickings there. They also appreciate the many dwelling opportunities afforded by houses and businesses, especially since raccoons do not construct their own habitats; they prefer to move into something ready-made. Raccoons become aggressive when cornered or provoked. In fact, they have few enemies in the animal world because they fiercely fight them off–snarling, scratching, and biting–when attacked. They will attack your family pets if an encounter occurs, especially if your dog dares to approach its food bowl when they are eating from it. Raccoons are even known to attack people. In fact, a Vancouver woman and her pug dogs were attacked by a raccoon in October 2014–an attack that was completely unprovoked. A rise in raccoons is around the corner This is bad news for Canadians right now. With summer comes an increase in the number of raccoons venturing onto...

For Quarries, A Scale’s Calibration Costs Weigh Heavily

At stone quarries, truck scales are just as important as any other type of equipment. A quarry needs a scale that is reliable and accurate; otherwise, there’s no way of telling how much stone is leaving the site. Of the two types of scales, steel-deck and concrete, steel-deck truck scales are cost less to calibrate and maintain. Therefore, they’re the better option for stone quarries. Here’s a detailed look at why you should get a steel-deck model if you run a quarry that needs a new scale. The Importance of An Accurate Scale Every company and agency that uses a truck scale should ensure that it’s properly calibrated, but accuracy is especially important for quarries. Fairbanks Scales provides an example that shows just how significant a slight miscalibration could be for a stone quarry. Although a 200-pound variance may seem small compared to an 80,000-pound load of stone, the inaccuracy can be costly for a busy quarry. By Fairbanks Scales’ calculations, a site that saw 500 trucks per day, five days a week could lose $345,500 in the course of a year from this minor inaccuracy. (They assume a value of $26.50 per ton in their example.) Your quarry’s volume might not be 500 trucks per month, but even smaller quarries can lose a lot of money if their scale is inaccurate. Each mismeasurement in the above example cost $2.65. If your site sees just 50 trucks go through a day, that’s a potential daily loss of $132.50 or an annual loss of $34,550. The Cost of Constantly Calibrating Because so much money is at stake, it’s important to...

What Are Your Options If You Suffer Harassment At Work?

If you work in an office, you may expect — and be accustomed to — a calm, sedate, and civilized environment populated by professionals. However, these white collar workplaces are not insulated from some of the stereotypical pitfalls of rougher work, including verbal and physical abuse and even sexual harassment. What should you do if you’re suffering from harassment from a superior or coworker? Are there choices available that will allow you to keep your job? Read on to learn more about your legal options. What options are available to protect you from workplace harassment? Your available options depend largely on whether you’re a member of an office or professional union, or whether your workplace is union-free. However, in either situation you are afforded both national and province-specific protections from harassment. If you’re a union member: Your first step upon experiencing workplace harassment should be to report the incident to your union representative. Your representative will review your available options as they relate to your company’s grievance procedure, and will act as your advocate or go-between in your interactions with management. In some cases, your union may determine that mediation or another type of alternative dispute resolution is the best way to resolve this claim and help you and your harasser co-exist in harmony. In other cases, particularly if the harassment occurred over a long period of time or was perpetrated on multiple employees, the union may require the termination of the harasser. Perhaps most importantly, your union can help protect you from retaliation from your employer or the person responsible for your harassment. Although federal laws prohibit employers...

3 Tips That Can Protect Your Small Business From A Lawsuit

Owning and operating a small business is full of risks, both personal and financial, and lawsuits are one of those risks. As a business owner, there is always the chance you or your business will end up in court on the defense end of a lawsuit. This is especially true if you own a business open to the public, like a shop or a restaurant, or a business that employs workers other than yourself. Taking steps to protect your business from a successful lawsuit is part of the cost of doing business. Take a look at a few tips that can help you head off a lawsuit before it starts or succeed in court if a lawsuit is unavoidable. Create a Comprehensive Employee Handbook A good employee handbook should do two things. It should clearly outline your workers’ rights and responsibilities, and it should provide plans of action for your employees to follow in given situations. This protects you, your employees, and your customers. If everyone follows the rules and action plans given in the employee handbook, there should be no need for a lawsuit. A disgruntled former employee will have no grounds to sue if the procedures for termination in the handbook were followed. A customer shouldn’t have a reason to sue if you’ve given clear rules for employees to protect customers and your employees follow them. When creating a company handbook, you should make sure it’s clear and easily readable, and that it addresses as many foreseeable circumstances as possible. Before finalizing your employee handbook, you should have it reviewed by a legal expert, just as you...

FollowThese Important Safety Tips As You Wait For A Tow Truck

Being stuck on the side of the road is something that can happen to just about any driver. During the winter, dispatchers from the CAA receive up to 3,000 calls for roadside assistance. If you find yourself stranded due to an accident or mechanical trouble, you’ll want to keep yourself as safe as possible while you wait for assistance. That means following these helpful tips for protecting yourself and other motorists. Move to the Shoulder ASAP Unless your car was involved in accident and was subsequently immobilized, you should move it as far away from moving traffic as possible. In many cases, this means moving your vehicle off to the right-hand shoulder or into the parking lot of a business establishment. Not only does this reduce the risk of yet another accident, but it also gives the tow truck drivers more maneuvering room to hook up your car. In no way should you attempt to move a vehicle that has been thoroughly immobilized or is leaking fuel. In the case of a fuel leak, you should move to a safe distance away from the vehicle until help arrives. Otherwise, remain in your vehicle until the authorities secure the accident site. Visibility is the Key After moving your vehicle out of the way, your next step should be to make your vehicle as visible to oncoming traffic and the tow truck driver as possible: Turn your hazard lights on – This should be the very first step after moving your vehicle off to the shoulder. The flashing lights help other drivers spot your vehicle, especially during night and on dark,...

To Hire Or Not To Hire? 3 Chores You Can’t Ignore When Trying To Sell A House

Your company transferred you to a new city, a parent died and left their home to you, you outgrew an older home that just isn’t selling.  There are countless reasons you might be stuck living in one home while another sits on the market.  You’ll need to maintain the upkeep on the home to keep it attractive to potential buyers, but how will you possibly take care of a house you’re living in full-time and another house?  You’ll need to decide which chores you’ll outsource and which you’ll handle on your own when you have time. Consider this list when determining which chores are best left to professionals and which you can handle on your own.  Chore #1: Gutter Cleaning  You know from your own shopping for a home that the roof is arguably the most important selling point for a home, followed closely by the gutters that work with the roof to protect the house from moisture.  Because keeping your gutters cleaned is so essential in the integrity of the roof and foundation of the home, you’ll want to make sure it’s done thoroughly and in a timely manner.  In other words, leave it to a professional.  Although you hope the vacant home won’t be on the market for more than a couple months, you’ll need to be prepared for it not selling for a few seasons or more.  Set up a service plan with a gutter cleaning company to come out to the home and sweep the gutters of debris once a season.  This will ensure that the roof, siding, foundation, and landscaping is free of excess moisture, leaving...