How self storage helped a bakery business grow
Starting and running an SME can be exciting but it can also present a number of challenges. It’s often not only about cashflow but also about how best to position yourself for growth and mitigate the various risks that come with expansion.
We have worked alongside thousands of businesses across South Africa to help them grow at a flexible pace. An increasing number of SMEs are using self storage as a means of expanding their business without having to spend excessive budget on warehousing or additional office space.
One such company is Shiven’s Bakery, a wholesale bakery business based in Verulum, KwaZulu-Natal. The owner, Shiven, took advantage of self storage by renting a unit at Stor-Age Mount Edgecombe. We recently spoke to Shiven to find out more about the business and how self storage had allowed for expansion.
The launch of Shiven's bakery
Shiven has been in the baking industry since the age of nine. The idea of opening up a bakery came about when he turned 31 and made the decision to explore and further pursue a passion for baking.
Since starting his own business, Shiven has encountered a number of challenges which he has had to overcome in order to continue trading. His biggest challenge was meeting a number of demands and deadlines, where he had to work through the night to ensure they were met and that the clients were happy. These are the sacrifices that successful business owners make.
There have also been many joyful moments along the way. Shiven comments, “Seeing the satisfaction of a customer’s face when they eat my product is wonderful.”
Shiven believes that you need to focus on the positives and have a positive mindset in order to reach your goals and succeed as a business.
The benefits of business self storage
We believe that flexibility is one of the most important benefits of using self storage for your business. We understand that the size of space that you require may change frequently. Rather than paying for an expensive warehousing rental agreement, we offer businesses the opportunity to upsize or downsize their unit depending on their needs at the time, meaning that you only pay for the amount of space that you need for as long as you need it.