This post was most recently updated on April 28th, 2023
Different businesses are going to find themselves in need of different tools or technologies. In the modern day, several of these might be accessible digitally, meaning that the space you need to utilize them might not be difficult to achieve, such as how cloud storage can save you from needing as many physical drives. However, when the work is more physical, and the tools you require to need to be stored somewhere immediately accessible, problems can sometimes arise.
Space doesn’t come cheap—and finding the right storage area might still mean that it’s nowhere convenient to where you need to work. Fortunately, you might have more room to maneuver than you think.
The Travelling Van
If proximity is your biggest concern, the answer that might make the most sense for your business is to simply have your operators drive large vans that can carry multiple tools with them at once. You might still need some sort of hub to store the overflow and swap out what’s needed, but the need for that hub to be as close as possible to your working sites will be greatly diminished. This might prove to be a much more effective method that can allow your operators to be as equipped as possible for any given job. Obviously, there’ll be a limit on what they can store in the van, which might be the most notable drawback.
Hiring What You Need
Alternatively, you could think about releasing yourself from the burden of purchasing all these tools yourself and having to care for them, maintain them, store them, and whatever else that entails. You can simply opt to hire them as and when you need them. Of course, this might be something that gets expensive if you have to resort to it time and time again, but if what you need them for is specific and infrequent, you might find that it saves you money instead.
This way, you can also examine options such as hiring high-end versions of what you need, allowing you to use them to work at a higher standard than the tools that might fall within the same price range to buy. It could be that forklift hire, for example, might suit you more than purchase because of the storage and maintenance required for such devices that you can free yourself from.
Tool Stores, Tool Sheds, and Storage Units
So, what about the option of a dedicated storage facility? It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, and if you’ve got a vehicle that can carry what you need closer to the sites themselves, you could look to pay as little as possible here. There might even be ways that you can split the costs with other professionals in the area. There’s a temptation here to try and avoid spending anything, skipping out this stage of your business. However, you might find that without access to your own tools, your work may become much more difficult than it needs to be. If this case, something might be better than nothing.