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Elevate Your Side Hustle With Mini Self Storage


No — the side hustle isn’t the latest dance move set to replace the nae nae. Forget about your feet for a second. It’s all about how you make your money.

Though you may not recognize the term, the side hustle is just a trendy buzz word to describe something Canadians have been doing for generations. Also known as a second job or side gig, the side hustle is a way of supplementing your income.

It’s earned a new name thanks to the surge of people relying on these gigs to pay their bills. Around 4.2 million Canadians classify themselves either as self-employed or as a temporary employee. They make up roughly 21 percent of the country’s overall workforce, and recent studies suggest this number will continue to increase.

It’s also undergone a name change due to the type of jobs Canadians are hustling. While many are still picking up a few extra shifts as a store clerk, a growing number of side hustlers are choosing to monetize their hobbies and become entrepreneurs. They’re turning to websites like Fiverr and Etsy to create digital shops where they can sell their services as bakers, content writers, digital artists, and more.

Here at Abacus Self Storage, we know the side hustle isn’t always easy. Whether you’re new to the gig economy or a seasoned veteran, your second job could stand to benefit from a mini storage unit. Here are just three reasons why.

Keeps life separate from the hustle

If you work part-time as a yoga instructor or web developer, then your side gig won’t take up a lot of your living space. You probably teach yoga at a studio or work on websites anywhere you have a secure connection. But other side gigs aren’t as compartmentalized. If you work as a seamstress, baker, woodworker, or jewellery maker, your job can spread into your living spaces.

If your home is already chockablock with stuff and if you have children running around, you can’t leave your crafting supplies out without worrying about your next project. When you rent one of our mini storage units in Thornhill, you can declutter your spaces to create a better balance within your home, so you aren’t constantly anxious about your things.

Provides ample space should your business grow

At first, a spare bedroom or that corner in the basement offers enough space for your fledging business, but it may not keep up with demand. Once your side hustle takes off, you may need more space than your home can offer. You can find that extra space in one of our storage units where you can put extra materials, finished products, and other items specific to your business. With 24/7 access and your own personalized security code, you can enter your space and pick up the things you need any time you have a new order.

Keeps products clean and in good shape

When you store unused materials and completed projects in a multi-use closet, the basement, or your shed, you’re asking for trouble. These storage spaces in and around your home are constantly in use and under less than ideal conditions. A family member rifling through the closet could damage an order, or the dampness in your basement could encourage mould to grow in fabric.

Each of our facilities are outfitted with state of the art environmental controls, so you won’t have to worry about pests, weather conditions, humidity, or traffic damaging your stuff.

Side hustling can be a challenge, but sometimes it’s the little things like extra space that can help make things easier. The team at Abacus only want the best for your side gig, so make sure you give us a call. Together, we’ll find commercial storage units in North York that are perfect for your business, whatever it may be.


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Client Testimonials

  • August 23, 2012. I have been a client of Abacus for over two years, and can recommend their services. Jane and her team are always pleasant and helpful, and the premises are clean and secure. In short, an enjoyable experience!

  • September 1, 2012. Abacus Self Storage was recommended to me from clients I had sold a home to several years ago. I have found Jane and all the staff to be unbelievably kind to me as well as patient and understanding. I will always recommend this storage facility to anyone I know. I thank everyone there...

  • April 2013-Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. One stop shop to buy all packing and moving supplies. Very clean, bright and secure storage facility, that can be easily accessed. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a storage facility!

    Jodi M
  • August 30, 2012. Very clean unit. Great security system. Wonderful organization.

  • Great customer service at the Richmond Hill location! We`ve had a storage locker here for just over a year, and the facility is always clean and well-lit. Extremely well-maintained and the staff are super-friendly! :) They even went so far as to help us find an alternate supplier of packing peanuts when...

  • August 31, 2012. As a customer of many years, I commend Abacus for clean, well-lit and maintained, secure premises with huge carts now for ease of moving items. Customer Service, under Jane`s managment, is efficient and friendly. In fact. I consider the team as friends.

  • November 21, 2011. Nice clean premises. Staff have been very helpful!

  • thank you for all your help, you are great great to do bussiness with you thank you

    Maria Paheco
  • I found this storage facility to be immaculate. The staff is very professional and friendly. Jane, who is the manager her pleasant personality made the stressful event seem effortless. The owner takes very good care of the facility, the storage units are extremely clean and spacious, there prices...

  • August 24, 2012. Very happy with service.

  • 04-30-2013-just rented a storage locker from Abacus Self Storage. They are well organized , courteous, well organized and efficient. The locker is spotlessly clean and I am very pleased with the experience. They provide a lock and also had a special on the space rental on the second floor where I paid...

    Elyse Pomeranz
  • I just wanted to drop a quick not to say how much of a pleasant experience it was to reserve our unit and how easy it is to use. At a very stressfull time ( with moving) it`s great to have something go so smoothly.

    Jeff Dunning
  • September 13, 2012. Walking into the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to store our belongings. Jane was so helpful and accommodating. The place was very clean and well laid out for moving and manouevering your way around. I know I found the place when I walked into Abacus.

  • I have used Abacus twice in the last 5 years. Terrific service, good rates, exceptionally clean. If I need to use a self storage facility again in the future these are the people I would go to.

    Louise K
  • 04-17-2014-My girlfriend and I are moving into a new place together and we had to find a secure, affordalble and  convenient storage facility to store our belongings, while we are transitioning to a new apartment. Jane made us feel extremely confident that we were choosing the right place. She helped...

    Scott and Ola, Scottola
  • We have been with Abacus for a few years and we have never had a problem. The place is always clean, tidy and well kept, they are very nice to deal with and have great customer service. They look out for the customer and we like that. We highly recommend Abacus to anyone looking for storage, and...

  • I,ve been with you for a decade now and am glad to say how pleased I am with the high calibre of your personnel. Specifically, Jane`s ever friendly, courteous, helpful nature make my visits a joy. She takes genuine interest in us and I send my appreciation. Also, David goes out of his way to assist...

  • September 1, 2012. From my first call and enquiry, it has always been a pleasure dealing with the staff at Abacus Self Storage, where they provide outstanding customer service.

  • September 12, 2012. I have never seen a storage facility so clean. The unit is dust free. I can`t believe how clean the property is. Please tell the owner how impressed I am .

  • Thank you so much for excellent services. I like the way how the renting storage is organized. It is easy and fast. The customer service is so good!!! People at the front desk are very friendly and helpful at all given time. Thanks again. Galyna

  • We are very happy with storage location, facility is alway`s clean and accessible. Anna S

    Anna S
  • November 14, 2011. We have been entirely pleased with Abacus` service and pleasant and professional policies.  They are very quick to respond to inquires and do their best so that our experience utilizing their storge facility is pain and stress free. Thank you.

  • September 10, 2012. Abacus Self Storage staff have been very helpful, friendly and accessibe. The facility is clean, bright and ideal. I definitely recommend it.

  • Dear owner, Your site manager Jane is great! Jim C.

  • Hi there, this messge is for Jane, I just wanted to leave a thank you. Holly was just wonderful, she is professional and she is helpful and it was really kind of her to help me sign in yesterday. I just wanted to let Jane know that Holly is a wonderful resource person and I`ll see you guys later. Bye...

  • August 27, 2012. The Team at Abacus is professional, very helpful and courteous-always giving a little bit extra and doing a little bit more that what is asked. The facilities are well-run, clean and secure. I highly recommend them.

  • August 26, 2012. Friendly and helpful staff. clean and professional facility! A truly great place to store things! Highly recommended!

    Elmira and Brian
  • Satisfied on cleanleness, location, efficient management and reasonable priced.

    Raymond Tam
  • Cleanest seft storage I`ve seen I have used self-storage places 3 times in Canada and I was very impressed on how clean is this place. Other pros: Good location (convinient for me :), very friendly staff, and good price. I do recommend this place. 2011-08-03

  • Hi guys, I just recently rented a 10x10 storage unit from you guys and decided to write a review. When I first walked into the office, I was impressed how organized it looked, it was not like the other storage companies I previously visited. It was cleaned, smelled nice and most importantly I was greeted...

  • August 25, 2012. I was amazed at how organized everything was at Abacus, and Jane`s service was exceptional!! Our locker was totally in order and well lit. the gates and doors work....everything went without a hitch! What a joy to work with a company that really knows their business, and cares...

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