Working in a storage unit is a good idea for a small business trying to gain footing. It has massive advantages attached to it, such as a big space for a minimal rent payment. Renting a storage unit to use as a workshop has its pros and cons. It is not advisable to even consider working from a storage unit. But for a business that is still in its infantry, this can save up a lot.
One of the advantages of using a storage unit as a workshop is the renting price. Storage units don’t require a lot to rent, while the space is also massive. Renting a space big enough for your job can be challenging, especially when big machinery is involved. Most storage units are big enough to handle a decent amount of machinery requiring space. In addition to affordability, storage units have almost no legal fees and bills are always simple.
While renting a storage unit as a workshop might have massive advantages attached to it, it comes with its disadvantages. The location of the unit might not be favorable, such that customers are hard to come by. If the workshop is for carpentry for example, if advertising is not that strong, good artworks could be rotting in the workshop. This could be a major drawback to both the growth and survival of your business. In most cases, flipping a storage unit to a workshop is not allowed, and running it illegally could bring a new set of threats to that business.
Just in case the idea gets a green light, there are businesses that you might consider running in your storage unit now turned workshop. The first thing to keep in mind is no heavy machinery, so light jobs would do the trick. Online retailing has caught on with sites like eBay, where people can sell their crafts. Setting up a workshop where crafts are made for eBay would be a workable idea. Things like pottery, carving, and art would do well. You might also consider using the space as an art gallery, where people come to see different artistic pieces on display.
Turning a storage unit into a workshop is a completely workable idea, as long as the hindrances are overcome. Storage units offer the advantage of being cheap and having a large working area. If it could be rented at a much cheaper price, then operations could begin. The downfalls are only there when it is not allowed in your area, or its location is unfavorable.