Tips on Opening Your First Portable Storage Franchise

October 22, 2019

Operating a portable storage franchise is a pretty straightforward revenue-generating opportunity, with an appeal that traditional self-storage places don’t enjoy. Industry resource Inside Self-Storage notes that a portable storage business typically will serve an area with a radius of 30 miles larger than a fixed-location storage facility would—while being able to charge rates for container rental that are significantly higher.


A franchise model is an ideal fit for a first-time entrepreneur entering the portable storage industry, especially when that franchise is a turnkey concept for launch and operation such as UNITS Moving and Portable Storage. A strong franchise company removes all the guesswork for new operators.


Determining the Coverage Area and Site


Even if a franchise company offers a structured system for running a portable storage franchise, there is still much to consider on the front end.


First, the owner must determine the territory/area the business will cover, and whether the population and demographics of that footprint will support success. It is fruitless to invest in a franchise opening unless data indicates there is strong enough demand from residential, commercial, and relocating customers. UNITS Moving and Portable Storage can size up a proposed area before an owner spends a dime.


Then comes site selection; even though the containers are mobile and often used at customers’ residential and business sites, the franchise has to have a location. This nerve center will be where the owner keeps containers and runs the business. Selecting a location is another matter UNITS is quite adept at guiding.


Gearing Up With Franchise Tools


The franchise owner will need to set up the company’s systems to get rolling. For example, UNITS assists owners with its UNITS Robo Delivery System for level loading to minimize shifting of contents inside containers and maximize placement of containers.


On the tech side, the UNITS Biz-Hub (Customer Relationship Management System) is how owners track and convert leads into sales. UNITS also helps owners with the location’s online presence and SEO (search engine optimization). The public should be aware of the portable moving business even before day one.


A portable storage business can fail miserably if it isn’t highly organized. Missing dates and disappointing customers can ruin a company’s reputation. So, another vital piece is the UNITS POS system, a turnkey, software solution to manage reservations, scheduling, and dispatching.


Of course, don’t forget the containers themselves. UNITS proprietary containers last at least 15 years and can be purchased incrementally as the owner scales the business up safely.


Ongoing Training and Guidance


UNITS also includes operation manuals and extensive training for new owner and their employees, with continuing education and training to propel the new business toward greater success.


While the physical aspects of opening a new portable storage business are fairly simple, the decision-making steps along the way benefit vastly from the expertise, experience, and systems a franchise company such as UNITS Moving and Portable Storage can provide. The company has put it all together one neat container, so to speak, ready to move right in.



Founded by Michael McAlhany in 2004, the mission of UNITS Moving and Portable Storage is to provide personal customer service while supplying the most innovative equipment in order to eliminate frustrations associated with moving and storage space issues.


UNITS Moving and Portable Storage currently has 24 franchised and three corporate territories across the United States. With a presence in more than 40 markets, and growing, the brand is looking to expand with the right people in the right markets.


For more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity, or simply to learn more about the moving and portable storage industry, visit and fill out the inquiry form. We will reach out to you to talk more about your interest in our brand, and how UNITS Moving and Portable Storage can help you reach your personal and financial goals.

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