In just a few short years, Secure Storage Sheds has carved out a meaningful space for itself in the portable storage building industry. Guided by Jeremy Gaither—a seasoned shed builder who branched out on his own in 2018—the company has found its footing and more. Originally enticed by the prospect of selling repossessed sheds, Jeremy quickly realized there was a bigger opportunity awaiting in the wholesale market. Opting for a hands-on approach, he established partnerships with manufacturers to supply his own line of buildings. Now, five years down the line, Secure Storage is doing more than just staying afloat. Thanks to Jeremy’s dedication to teamwork, collaboration, and win-win partnerships, the company continues to prosper.
Getting Started with a Bold New Vision
Jeremy recalls, “I’ve been in sheds all my life. I grew up, kind of like you, just building, delivering, selling, whatever needed to be done, that’s what we did.” So when opportunity knocked in 2018, he was eager and able to answer. “I had somebody reach out to me, they had a bunch of repos that they couldn't sell. So they had a bunch of repos in the area, the manufacturer wasn't selling the repos, and they're like, 'Would you be interested in going out, open up some lots, setting those up, reselling them?'"
The chance to sell 150 repossessed sheds may have sounded good initially, but Jeremy admits, “I was thinking small.” He knew there had to be more potential than a limited, one-time liquidation deal. As Jeremy envisioned something bigger, he decided, “I don’t want to get into manufacturing. I’ve done it. That’s what I’ve done all my life. It’s a lot of headache, a lot of moving parts.” Instead, he proposed, "What if we go start knocking on small manufacturer's doors and see if they would just sell wholesale?"
This novel idea became the foundation of Jeremy’s new venture. He approached small manufacturing shops with a compelling win-win vision. Jeremy found several eager manufacturing partners, all willing to collaborate.
With a steady building supply secured, Jeremy formed his new company Secure Storage in October 2018. One of his first moves was adopting inventory management software Shed Suite, becoming one of Shed Suite’s first customers. This proved a huge asset right from the start. As Jeremy recalls, “It was like an answer to prayer when I found you guys, because I had been using Excel documents and all this stuff where tracking your inventory was a nightmare.” The software provided just what he needed to get operations running smoothly.
The Power of Collaboration
When asked what advice he would give someone starting their own shed business, Jeremy doesn’t hesitate—he recommends focusing on collaboration. In his experience, “The people at the top collaborate and everybody else competes. I mean I was working for the big guys, and you've worked for some of them as well. You didn't collaborate with nothing. It was just their way.”
Jeremy aims to take a different approach with Secure Storage. He wants to “help put [people] in positions to excel, while at the same time I'm able to excel as well. And so if we work together, we might have to take a little smaller slice of the pie, but we all get to eat.” He believes this collaborative mentality is essential, and it has shaped everything from his manufacturing relationships to his leadership style.
Of course, collaboration requires excellent communication. When asked how he maintains strong relationships with his manufacturing partners, Jeremy names this as the priority. “I think constant, clear, transparent communication is a big thing,” he explains. Building trust and being willing to serve his partners has allowed Jeremy to reduce risk and find continued success, even with manufacturers who also sell direct to customers.