Make Your Storage Unit Pay for Itself by Making Extra Money on the Side

Posted on: 12 January 2018

While storage units have a wide range of potential uses, the most common is simply keeping excess junk out of the way. Although self-storage is usually an inexpensive way to get extra space, the costs can add up if you're using it for a long time.

Wouldn't it be nice to get a bit of that cash back? Or, perhaps, to even come out with a profit after you've paid your storage fees? Some people use storage units as an important tool in running their own business. But they can also be used to help you make small amounts of money on the side, with very little time investment. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.

Selling second-hand goods

Among those possessions you store in your unit, there are bound to be some things you could live without. Selling them on is a great way to raise a little extra cash, and it's easy to shift used goods nowadays thanks to the internet.

Once you've found new homes for your own goods, it doesn't take much time to look out for other second-hand items you could buy cheap and sell on at a profit.

Crafting

If there's something you enjoy making, there's a good chance somebody will want to buy it. Knitting, crocheting, wood carving, painting, pottery—there are all sorts of creative hobbies that people have, and they can turn a small profit if you have a little bit of extra time to sell your handiwork.

Storage units can be used in two ways to help you: either as storage space for your work or for a quiet space to get on with making things.

Small-time online trading

Selling large quantities of goods online is a full-time job, but that doesn't mean you can't use your spare time to sell on a smaller scale.

Thanks to websites like eBay, you can easily sell as much or as little as you want. Searching for wholesalers online will turn up plenty of results, and you could just pick one product to sell. A storage unit gives you extra space to keep your stock and just a small time investment can help you pay for using it.

Tutoring or teaching skills

If you can play an instrument or have another skill that can be passed on, taking on a student for an hour or so a week and teaching them in your storage unit is a nice way to cover your costs.

Alternatively, if you can fit in a desk and a couple of chairs, you could provide some academic tutoring to a student in a subject you're familiar with.

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