By Garrett Byrd
Interview with our newest Storage Authority Franchise owner, Patrick from Georgia.
We ask our new owners now that they have completed the discovery process and are looking for land, could they please share a little bit about their experience of getting through the discovery and why they choose to become a Storage Authority Franchise owner?
Question 1: Are you excited to get started? And how many hours a week are you planning on spending looking for land to make your self-storage goals come true?
Answer: Very excited to get started!!!! Since I’ve been able to adjust my full-time work schedule I plan on spending at least 8 hours per week until I’m able to find a suitable piece of land. These early stages in the development process are where I need to put in the work and “reps” to make the process go smoother down the line.
Question: 2 What was the major reason you choose self-storage and decided to team up with Storage Authority?
Answer: Six pillars of what I wanted in my next opportunity:
● Real estate ownership component
● Recurring revenue stream
● Minimal employees for daily business operation
● The ability to do this long term
● Legacy to leave for my children and future generations
● Minimal to no reliance on supply chains for daily operation the
Early in my personal discovery phase, I identified storage ( in some form) as the business matching the six pillars I was looking for in a business. Humbly, I feel like I’m a confident person but taking on a $6 - $7MM design and build project was frankly a bit intimidating. A simple Google search on self-storage and franchise brought only one “hit” and that was Storage Authority. I cold-called Josh Parker off of his Linked in profile and that started the ball rolling. Once I learned more about the team’s experience and specifically Marc’s proven process for success, it made the decision very easy for me. It’s what I wanted, and had the help and expertise from Marc and his team to get it done!
Question: 3 How did your impression of self-storage and franchising change from the beginning to the end of the Storage Authority Discovery Process?
Answer: While building and managing a self-storage facility is a complex and “big” project, during the discovery process it became clear the team at Storage Authority has been down that road many times and that level of experience made me comfortable initiating a project of this size.
Question: 4 Do you have any recommendations to improve the Storage Authority discovery process?
Answer: Discovery process is a daunting task for prospective franchisees who have not done this before. Very helpful to speak with a current SA franchisee to give their perspective on the process and more about their journey. Maybe highlight some people’s journey to self-storage ownership so prospective folks can associate their thoughts, desires, fears, etc. to someone else. Everyone loves to read about a story and speaking with Ed in Houston made me feel like I was not getting sold.
Storytellers and life changers. That is the theme I would recommend going forward. Most folks you deal with have experienced a level of success in their lives to be liquid enough to join the SA family, now make them feel and embrace how close their dreams are.
Question: 5 Most Franchisee owners get started because self-storage can be the major catalyst for Wealth (Time & Money). Can you share one or two reasons or goals why you are willing to commit your time for a second income?
Answer: Because my idea of wealth is how SA defined it above. Time AND Money. If this small equation is out of balance, unfortunately, you become a slave trying to strike this balance. I have the bandwidth in my life now with my family growing, along with my desire to control my own destiny, the willingness to give back to the community, the desire to leave a legacy for my family’s future generations.
Pat, from the whole Storage Authority team a big welcome aboard we are looking forward to being with you every step of the way and more importantly celebrating every milestone on your journey to self-storage ownership.
Do you mind leaving future Storage Authority owners a quick quote as to why you chose to become a self-storage owner in our franchise system?
Quote: “The opportunity with Storage Authority aligned so well with my personal and professional goals that I had no choice but to take the leap! Marc and his team have such a wealth of experience to learn from that I could not be happier, or more excited to get to work!”
Patrick B. Storage Authority Franchise Owner
If you would like to learn more and start your journey to self-storage ownership click the link here: http://www.storageauthorityfranchise.com/opportunity2
Storage Authority Franchising is about owning your own hometown self-storage business and having the professional systems and knowledge to assist and guide you. We like to say You are in business for yourself but not by yourself. If you are thinking about self-storage you owe it to yourself to contact Garrett Byrd at Direct: 941-909-7222 or Garrett@StorageAuthority.com to learn more about the Storage Authority Franchise opportunity.