Running Your Business From Mini Storage

Do you need cheap office space? Does your business not really need a main-street storefront? In this inspiring article in Honolulu Magazine, you’ll read about a number of small business entrepreneurs who run their businesses out of storage units. Examples of businesses run out of storage units in the article include: a personal trainer, a wedding dress retailer, a divorce attorney, a LOST tour operator, an upholstery repair shop and a collectible toy store.

Divorce is what family law attorney Pablo Quiban does, and he does it right out of a Kapolei storage unit.

“I use my cellphone. I have my photocopier and desk, bookshelves with my Hawaii Revised Statutes and the Hawaii Digest, and some of my manuals.”

When family court moved to Kapolei, Quiban found office space for dentists and doctors, but not lawyers. StorSecure advertised units for small businesses, so Quiban decided to try it, just for a month. That was last October.

“For the first 20 years of my law practice I was driving to town every day from Mililani,” he said. With the new place convenient to court and home, and business still humming, Quiban has decided he’s not going anywhere.

“I’m looking to practice for, at the most, another 10 years. The price is right and so long as the cases keep on coming, I’ll stay here.”

His clients seem unbothered by his stripped-down location. “They’ve been receptive to it. There’s free parking—downtown it’s ridiculous—and it’s just a matter of giving people the right directions. I say just look for the Burger King and hang a left!”

Photo by lonely radio.

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