What kind of business can I start in a warehouse building?

My husband has a machine shop and only uses about 1/2 his building. I would like to start a business in the other half.

I wanted to partition off a room for an office and do bookkeeping and then I was thinking about maybe a document shredding business or a document storage business would be good – any other ideas?

Thanks!
The zoning would not be a problem. This building is located in the center of town off a main street through town.

I currently work for an accounting firm and you would not believe the paper we go through – we use a shredding service and have a storage building. Doctors offices and lawyers also have a lot of documents that cannot be thrown in the garbage because of the information they contain.

Thanks for the input – any more?

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4 Responses to “What kind of business can I start in a warehouse building?”

  1. Ronin said:

    You may have to check the zoning for the warehouse. Some business may be prohibited. Extreme example: if you wanted to open a strip joint. These require separate types of zoning. I would check. It would be a shame to set up a business and then find out it violated the zoning requirements.

  2. mrjoh2001 said:

    If you own the building and it is a large space and you are in a desired location; I would just alter it and turn it into office space and or warehouse space and rent it out. I don’t know where you are located but where I am; you can rent out warehouse/office space by sq.ft.

    Your buisness will be the ‘landlord’. In this situation you are not wasting or investing/risking any money into a business that may ‘fail’; rent is a solid investment and you can turn that extra cash into something else!

    In terms of document storage; everything is going online now on servers etc; only old school businesses would need document storage; shredding business sounds more plausible, but the sunk cost for that and the advertsining costs, operation costs may not be worth it…

    If you can rent, why not. You can go play golf, sit at home and read..

    (other suggestion would be to start a non-profit; something you truly believe in; raise money, fund-raise; leave your imprint on our planet). Good Luck.

  3. Michael B said:

    Any kind of storage would be a natural, and easy. Or how about a combination coffee shop and tool supply?

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