Katharina Glatt and Andreas Scholz
Franchise partner, Korneuburg
Franchise partner, Salzburg
The restaurateur Paul Langeder runs the Parkcafe Schloss Hellbrunn in Salzburg full-time. Alongside his main job, he also runs several Storebox locations in Salzburg together with his Storebox business partner Raphael Reifeltshammer. They are already planning further locations, since they still have a lot of plans for their region. Paul has been a member of the Storebox family since 2018. After one year, he takes stock and remembers the beginnings of his Storebox partnership.
Of course, there are all kinds of stumbling blocks on the road to a properly functioning site. First, it is important to find a location where certain parameters such as price per m², location, size,... fit! Accessibility by car and parking spaces were also very important aspects for us in Salzburg. You also need to feel comfortable with the landlord, as it is a relatively long rental period.
Regarding bookings and occupancy, you have to be aware that there are seasonal fluctuations here as well – that’s part of the business – sometimes you have to take the initiative. By organising an event or doing some advertising amongst local businesses, you can already make a big difference.
The franchise headquarters also supports us with a detailed analysis of the market environment, user behaviour on the website and many other tools to increase the traffic on our location website and to attract new enquiries and potential customers. Up to now, we have been able to overcome every obstacle together!
Franchise partner, Bonn
Franchise partner, Vienna & Linz
Richard considers his franchise partnership with Storebox an investment in his future - he is convinced of the success of the concept: “Affordable living space is becoming increasingly scarce everywhere and consequently the demand for urban storage space is guaranteed to continue to skyrocket over the next few years.”
He embarked upon his search for a suitable property as soon as he had officially decided to partner with Storebox. “You have to invest a bit of time!” So he walked around in areas that were interesting to him, searched on property sites online and reached out to his personal and professional networks. But Storebox itself also supported him. “Storebox headquarters took care of the entire systematic analysis of the location’s potential, but they also helped me in my search.”
However, the support of the franchise managers does not end once the location is up and running. Self-employment is thus easily manageable alongside a full-time job and family life. “Most customer enquiries are handled directly by headquarters; if there’s something I need to do, then I’m informed about it.” Viewing appointments with customers on-site can be individually scheduled by Richard and there are also technical options for emergencies – he can generate a visitor code for the customer and then he guides them through the Storebox over the phone.
Richard’s advice to anyone interested in franchising is to go with your gut feeling first and foremost. “The transition to self-employment is usually not an easy one, but I don’t think it could be much easier than with the Storebox franchise concept. There' s a detailed plan that you can follow”. For him, mutual trust between partners, support and working towards common goals make franchise systems the perfect way to venture into the world of self-employment.
Franchise partner, Frankfurt
Franchise partner, Munich
Daniel Einy is CEO of the online marketing agency “thesocialist.rocks”, was Storebox’s first franchise partner in Germany and is already a multi-unit operator in Munich. In an interview, he reveals why he chose Storebox, his ambitions and what he would advise prospective franchisees.