Archive for October, 2017

Storage for Businesses

Having a business means that you face many challenges on a daily basis. First, you need to start your business, which is probably the hardest, but even once your company takes off you have daily tasks to deal with. One of those challenges is being able to handle all the stuff that is located on your premises.

I keep hearing that many small and medium companies struggle with being able to store furniture such as chairs and desks on their premises when they don’t always need them.Imagine that you have a set of table and chairs that you only use occasionally, but when you don’t need them you don’t want them to cause problems by blocking your way where the way should be cleared. This problem and challenge can be solved completely by hiring a self storage unit to store there those things you don’t need every day, but you only need access to them occasionally.

You will find many storage facilities all across the United States and Canada. The facilities, such as storage units Colorado Springs, lease space to those individuals or businesses that want to store their excess inventory in a safe place and that do not want to resort to buying a new house, apartment, or renting another office. Household goods and archived records are the most common examples of goods stores in self storage facilities, but you can store there almost anything as long as it doesn’t pose a threat to other users. You might want to check first what sort of items you are allowed to store in the storage unit, and if this is allowed you are ready to proceed. You might have problems if you want to store some dangerous goods such as explosives for example, so make sure that you check with the right storage facility to avoid any problems.

If you have been interested in self storage you might have also come across the term “unit”. A “unit” is space rented to people or businesses in a storage facility. Virtually anyone such as an individual or company can choose to rent a unit provided that they are ready to pay all the necessary fees related to it.

Using Storage to Help Your Business

Self storage facilities are a growth industry across the UK: they’re springing up on the outskirts of towns, or in pockets of free space across cities wherever anyone can secure the space needed. They aren’t just used by people moving house: while that’s the most obvious reason people often think of when they consider storage facilities, they have a host of business applications, especially for start ups and small businesses.

When you find out some of the ways self storage facilities are helping small businesses, you might join the ranks of people getting involved and making sure you have a storage unit ready when you need it.

Stock and Warehousing

If you’re running a small business, your needs can vary rapidly. If you’re selling seasonal products for example, you could go from running the leanest possible operation in October to needing hundreds of square feet of space for stock and processing in December.

It doesn’t make sense to maintain all this warehousing space full time when you’re a small operation: one of your main virtues is your agility. Self storage facilities have short notice periods and greatly variable capacity: this means that you can quickly move from unit to unit to accommodate your needs. Also, storage units come with council tax and all other costs included in the overall price, making budgeting much more straightforward.

Finding the Right Facility

If you’re looking for storage London has a lot of choices for small business owners, so you’re not going to find yourself short of options. As with any other business decision, try to get multiple quotes from different facilities – you need to be making an informed choice when you sign the contract.

Also, make sure you make your needs clear: if you’re planning on staying with the facility for a long time make that known upfront and ask to discuss business and long-term rates. There may also be additional insurance costs if you’re using the facility in a business capacity, but ignoring these could prove to be a false economy. If you’re paying the facility for insurance, this should give you peace of mind, as they are taking on responsibility for any problems that could occur: if your inventory was damaged in a warehouse you own yourself, you would have nowhere to turn, but with the responsibility for security on the Storage Facility owners, this is one less thing for you to worry about.

John Wooden: Success Is Becoming the Best That You Are Capable of Being

John Wooden won 10 national championships in a 12-year stretch as the head coach of the UCLA basketball team.

However, he wasn’t always successful. Prior to UCLA, Wooden had only two conference championship seasons in 18 years. Through consistent application of the philosophies he shares in his book, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, he became one of the best and most accomplished basketball coaches of all time.

Wooden’s book provides a thrilling peek inside the mind of an incredibly high achiever. He approached work and life much like a Stoic — focusing what was in his control, not overreacting to positive or negative experiences, and learning from failure.

The philosophies he shared are applicable far beyond basketball. What you think influences how you feel and perform. This is true for life on and off the court.

This article shares five lessons I learned from his book and how you can apply them to your life.

1. Focus on what’s in your control

Wooden stayed focused on what he could control, such as how he prepared for the game, and ignored what what was out of his control, such as the outcome of the game. He didn’t worry about how much the other team prepared, whether he won or lost, or the media’s opinion about the team’s performance. Instead, he focused on the process.

“The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.”

Wooden highlights two things that he believes you can and should control: the actions you take each day, and your emotions.

“Tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that,” he wrote. The past is in the past and the future is in the future. Take action today to make your future brighter.

Regarding emotions, he said “while you can’t control what happens to you, you can control how you react.” Wooden maintained a steady emotional state. He even avoided highs because he believed peaks inevitably lead to valleys, and he didn’t waste his time on worrying or complaining:

“Does worrying about it, complaining about it, change it? Nope, it just wastes your time.”

2. Success is doing your best

Wooden’s definition of success is different than what you’ll find in most dictionaries. “Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you should have accomplished with your abilities,” he said. Instead of measuring success in terms of outcomes, he focused on something that was within his control:

“True success is attained only through the satisfaction of knowing you did everything within the limits of your ability to become the very best that you are capable of being.”

Wooden believed that making one’s own best effort was the best route to happiness:

“Happiness is in many things. It’s in love. It’s in sharing. But most of all, it’s in being at peace with yourself knowing that you are making the effort, the full effort, to do what is right.”

Wooden’s philosophy differs from what you read in many personal development books. Instead of “thinking big,” he preferred to keep expectations in line with reality:

“We should keep our dreams within the realm of possibility — difficult but possible — and make every effort to achieve them.”

If your dreams are too far beyond what’s realistically achievable, you will inevitably be disappointed. If you maintain reasonable expectations, and put in the work, you might surprise yourself.

3. Be patient

Wooden believed that in addition to hard work, meaningful accomplishments take time. “The young must remember that all good and worthwhile things take time (and that is exactly as it should be),” he wrote.

It’s tempting to look for shortcuts and “hacks” to speed up progress. Wooden advises against this approach:

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

Instead, he believed that “there is no substitute for work. Worthwhile things come only from work.” It’s important to understand that anything of significance has a price and you must be willing to pay that price.

4. Enjoy the journey

Wooden found enjoyment and accomplishment in the work itself rather than just the end-result. “A successful journey becomes your destination and is where your real accomplishment lies,” he wrote. Despite winning ten national championships at UCLA, Wooden said he earned more satisfaction from the preparation:

“Though I was pleased with the titles and championships, I mainly derived satisfaction from the preparation and knowing that I had done everything I could to get the team ready.”

He didn’t set goals that were oriented around the end result (winning). Rather, he focused on the process of putting in the work to improve.

“It was pleasing, all of it, but not a goal. My players will tell you I never said to them, ‘Here’s our goal: a championship! If you don’t do it, you haven’t succeeded.’ They understood very well what I considered success. They understood the difference between the journey and the inn.”

5. Learn from failure

In the process of working and achieving success, you will inevitably face setbacks. Wooden believed failure to be an important part of that process. “…Mistakes come from doing, but so does success. The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing,” he wrote.

It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you’re doing your best and learning.

“…losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.”

To Wooden, you can never achieve perfection, but you can work towards it. Learn from the mistakes you make along the way, but don’t let them debiliate you.

This article was originally published on Medium.

Mike Fishbein studies the strategies and philosophies of top performers and writes about how you can apply them to your life and work. You can read his best work at


Dealing with Bankruptcy

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One of the problems with bankruptcy is that it is often hard to find anyone who would be interested in helping those who are close to filing for it. There are many lawyers out there, but many of them only care about the money they earn. I strongly believe that in order for a lawyer to help you, he should have enough compassion and a desire to help. His expertise along with the desire to help should be enough to assist you with your financial life. If he is only interested in money, you might be in trouble. I know a person who was inspired to help others with debt relief and bankruptcy-related topics. He was a person who referred me to this particular bankruptcy lawyer. He believes that bankruptcy lawyers can help people avoid bankruptcy. He is the one who can sympathize with you if you go through bankruptcy, as he knows exactly what you are going through. I know that going through bankruptcy is not easy. Some people do not realize this. I believe that if you have competent people helping you, you can stop thinking about filing for bankruptcy. You can always read chapter 7 bankruptcy for more details on how to avoid bankruptcy, or contact the lawyer to get some help.

I am discussing all kinds of business and finance topics on this blog and I hope that the information I provide will prove to be useful.