Open a thriving self-storage business

Have you got spare land?
Do you want a simple & profitable business?
Diversify your land into a thriving shipping container self-storage business
Hire from £1 a day

Why open a shipping container self-storage business?

  • Profitability: A well-managed shipping container self-storage business can be highly profitable. With relatively low overhead costs and steady demand, it has the potential to generate consistent income and attractive returns on investment over time. Hire a container from as little as £1 a day, and rent it out for a minimum £5 a day*
  • Growing Demand: The demand for self-storage facilities continues to rise, driven by factors such as urbanisation, downsizing trends, and increased consumerism. As people accumulate more belongings, they often require additional storage space, creating a growing demand for self-storage solutions.
  • Versatility: Shipping containers offer a versatile and adaptable storage solution. They can be easily modified, stacked, and configured to create various unit sizes to accommodate different storage needs, from household items to commercial inventory.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Compared to traditional brick-and-mortar storage facilities, shipping container self-storage businesses typically have lower startup costs and operational expenses. Repurposing shipping containers for storage units can be more cost-effective than constructing purpose-built structures, allowing for potentially higher profit margins.
  • Quick Setup: Setting up a shipping container self-storage facility can be relatively quick compared to traditional construction projects. With pre-built shipping containers, you can expedite the development process and start generating revenue sooner.
  • Scalability: Shipping container self-storage businesses are highly scalable. You can start with a small number of containers and gradually expand your facility as demand grows. This scalability allows for flexible growth and investment according to market conditions.

*The rental income is dependent on location, size of container and demand. You should do full market research before determining prices & profitability.

What do I need to think about when opening a self storage business?

  • Market Research:
    • Conduct thorough market research to understand the demand for self-storage facilities where your land is situated.
    • Identify the demographics of potential customers and assess the level of competition from existing self-storage businesses in the area.
  • Business Plan:
    • Develop a comprehensive business plan outlining your objectives, target market, services offered, marketing strategy, financial projections, and operational plan.
    • Determine the size and scope of your self-storage facility, including the number of shipping containers you’ll need and any additional amenities or services you’ll provide.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance:
    • Research the legal and regulatory requirements for operating a self-storage business in your area, including planning permission, business licenses & safety regulations.
    • Consult with legal and financial professionals to ensure compliance and protect your business interests.
  • Location Selection:
    • Choose a strategic location for your self-storage facility that is easily accessible to your target market and meets planning permission requirements.
    • Consider factors such as visibility, proximity to residential or commercial areas, and ease of transportation for customers.
  • Facility Setup:
    • Acquire or lease land for your self-storage facility and secure necessary permits for construction or renovation.
    • Purchase/hire shipping containers for storage units, ensuring they are in good condition and meet safety standards.
    • Set up security features such as perimeter fencing, lighting, surveillance cameras, and access control systems to protect customers’ belongings.
  • Marketing and Promotion:
    • Develop a marketing plan to attract customers to your self-storage facility, including online advertising, social media marketing, local outreach, and signage.
    • Highlight the benefits of your shipping container self-storage units, such as affordability, security, and convenience.
    • Offer promotions or discounts to incentivise new customers and encourage repeat business.
  • Operations Management:
    • Establish efficient operational processes for managing reservations, rentals, payments, and customer inquiries.
    • Hire and train staff to oversee day-to-day operations, including customer service, facility maintenance, and security monitoring.
    • Implement a robust inventory management system to track available units, occupancy rates, and rental agreements.
  • Customer Service:
    • Provide excellent customer service to enhance the overall experience for tenants, including responsive communication, assistance with moving and storage needs, and timely resolution of any issues or concerns.
    • Encourage customer feedback and reviews to continually improve your services and address areas for enhancement.
  • Financial Management:
    • Monitor your financial performance closely, tracking revenue, expenses, and cash flow to ensure profitability and sustainability.
    • Consider offering flexible payment options and pricing plans to accommodate the needs of different customers and maximize occupancy rates.
  • Expansion and Growth:
    • Continuously evaluate market trends and customer feedback to identify opportunities for expansion or diversification of your self-storage business.
    • Explore potential partnerships or collaborations with other businesses to enhance your offerings and reach new customer segments.
    • Invest in ongoing marketing efforts to maintain visibility and attract new tenants as your business grows.


By following these steps and investing in careful planning and execution, you can successfully launch and grow a shipping container self-storage business that meets the needs of customers in your area while generating sustainable returns on investment.

At 1st Containers we’ve got a sales team with over 100-years of shipping container experience. We have experience aiding the opening of many self storage containers sites so please contact us for advice.