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- Today I’m talking with Joseph Woodbury, CEO of Neighbor
- We’re going to talk about Neighbor, the ‘Airbnb of Storage’
- We’ll talk about trends in the sharing economy, competitors, and how Neighbor is different
- Have a special offer at the end, so make sure to listen!
Intro to Joseph Woodbury
- Founder and CEO of Neighbor, a marketplace disrupting the $400 billion self-storage industry
- Previously worked for Bain & Company and Sorenson Capital Partners
- Neighbor is a place to share space within your neighborhood – Airbnb of storage
- Don’t need to worry about renting out your space to people staying over – minimizes your chance of risk at this moment
What is Neighbor?
- Opportunity for people to rent out spaces in their home, garage, basement, etc.
- Empty nesters who don’t feel comfortable having people rent a room to stay – just for stuff
- People can drop their boats off at your house – you get paid to store it, etc.
- Work at the beginning, but pretty passive after that!
How Does Neighbor Work?
- You choose what you rent out (just part of your garage, for example)
- You choose when people can come and go to drop off and pick up their stuff
- Average user can make around $2,000 per year from renting out unused space around their home – but some users make $20,000 a year
- Those are typically more active hosts who have more room
What Kind of People Use Neighbor?
- Neighbor has places as small as a closet for rent
- Think about students who are going home for the summer, need a place to store their items
- People who are moving and need temporary storage
- People looking to store boats, RVs, etc.
Tips for Neighbor Success
- Most profitable rentals have at least 4 photos or more on the site
- Some of the items stored are high-dollar items, and people want to know they are safe and secure
- Responsiveness plays a big part as well – ability to answer people’s questions in a timely manner
How is Neighbor Different from Traditional Self-Storage?
- Cheaper, for one!
- Insures items up to $25,000, higher than traditional self storage
- Storage is in residential areas – not storage facilities, which have a higher break in rate according to the FBI
- Includes a million dollars for general liability, too
Trends and Challenges in Self-Storage
- Supply constrained – how to build awareness and get more supply, interest and demand
- Have to get out the word that Neighbor is cheaper – one challenge
- How to find hosts and have the supply
- Investing in mobile app – has been a big success for them
- Pandemic has destroyed a lot of marketplaces, but storage is pretty countercyclical
- It does better during recessions
- Recently had one of the best weeks of all time as far as revenue from renters
- Always need more hosts, but this could be a great opportunity especially for people looking for a way to bring in extra income
- Storage industry is building new spaces and they can’t keep up with demand
- Big thanks to Joseph for coming on – don’t forget, if you sign up with Neighbor as a host, you’ll get an Amazon gift card from Neighbor!
- Plus you’ll get a swag bag with a bunch of cool Neighbor stuff
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