Businesses That Started In A Garage
- "Mighty Oaks From Tiny Acorns Grow" - The Businesses That Started Out From The Garage
- They Didn't Need Much To Start - Look At What These Businesses Achieved From Extremely Humble Beginnings
They All Started Somewhere - See The Businesses That Started In A Garage
We often see the end result of many high profile businesses and think to ourselves that level of success is unattainable. This can cause you to give up before you even start.
But Google didn't start out in high rise buildings with free meals and games rooms for their employees.
In fact some of biggest companies in the world started out from their parent's garage.
It doesn't what matter what you start with or the size of your competitors. A good idea can change the world.
1Disney's First Headquarters - Mind The Lawnmower
Today, Disney is a household name across the globe and is responsible for delivering some of the most magical moments our childhoods.
However, the $200 billion company was not always the gold standard in children's movies and at one point their survival as a company came into doubt.
2Jeff Bezos Started Amazon In His Garage
Not many people know that Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, gave up a very promising career in a Wall Street hedge fund to start an online bookstore.
The move was even questioned by his family but the young entrepreneur and financial whizz kid had seen something that others had not - the potential of the internet.
He founded Amazon in 1994 and in order to keep his costs low the whole company was operating out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington.
3Bill Gates Founded Microsoft In A Garage In Albuquerque
If you were studying at Harvard, one of the world's most prestigious University, and someone asked you to come work in their new business which is operating out of a garage what would you say?
For Bill Gates the answer was yes.
Gates was so passionate about software that he joined his childhood friend, Paul Allen, in the early 1970s and moved to Arizona to start writing code from his garage.
4A Friend Let Larry Page And Sergey Brin Start Google In Her Garage
When Susan Wojcicki bought a new home in Silicon Valley in the mid 90s, she realised that she would need some help paying the mortgage as living in the area was more expensive than she thought it was going to be.
She decided to rent out her garage to Sergey Brin and Larry Page as they were just starting out in their business journey and they too needed somewhere cheap to rent.
5Harley Davidson Started Out In A Wooden Shed
Possibly the world's most famous motorcycle company, Harley Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1903, by William S Harley.
Harley had the idea of attaching a small engine to a bicycle, which he worked on as a hobby in his shed with his close childhood friend, Arthur Davidson.
A few years later and the small motorised bicycle was gone and the modern day motorcycle was born.
6David Packard And Bill Hewlett Founded Hewlett Packard In A Dusty Old Shed
Palo Alto is the Californian city that has become synonymous with the technology sector thanks to companies like Facebook, Google and Paypal starting out there.
However, few know that Bill Hewlett and David Packard were some of the first on the scene in the technology sector when they founded Hewlett-Packard back in 1938 from David's garage with a startup investment of just $538.
7Nike Started Selling Shoes Out Of A Trunk
Founded in 1964, Nike was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports and sold shoes out of the trunk of Phil Knight's Plymouth.
A keen but unremarkable runner, Knight developed a fascination with running shoes during his time at Oregon University when he joined the track and field team.
He wanted to test out his thesis that if he improved the design of the running shoe, it would offer a massive advantage to competitors on the track.
8Possibly The Most Famous Garage Startup - Apple
Founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple's backstory is perhaps one of the most famous in the world of business.
The pair, who were in their early twenties at the time, sold their cars and personal possessions in order to fund their ambitious project from Job's parents' garage in Los Altos, California, of building a computer from scratch.
After making their first sale of 50 units for $500 (around $3000 today) each, the company never looked back.
9Kevin Plank Founded Under Armour In His Grandma's Basement
At the age of 24, Kevin Plank took the plunge into the business world when he founded sports apparel company, Under Armour.
The innovative product was designed to eliminate the sweat soaked t-shirt scenario that football players would face on a daily basis due to the intense nature of their practice and games.
Plank spent years perfecting the product and it was during this time he was operating out of his Grandma's basement in Georgetown, Washington D.C.
10Michael Dell Changed How We Interact With Computers
Founded in 1984 by Texas college student, Michael Dell, the company was originally called "PC's Limited" (he obviously didn't want to waste too much time thinking about a company name).
After becoming increasingly frustrated about how inaccessible modern technology was becoming and that you had to build your personal computer's by installing one piece of hardware at a time, Dell sought to change the landscape by selling custom built computer's tailored to the end user's specific needs.
11Mattel Started Out In A Garage In Southern California
Toy manufacturer Mattel started its operations in California at the end of the Second World War in 1945.
However, the company didn't start out as the toy company that it would later become known for after producing the iconic Barbie doll.
Founders Harold Matson and Ruth Handler started out creating picture frames out of Handler's garage in Southern California. It was only when they decided not to waste the left-over materials that they started creating doll houses.
12Tony Maglica Made It The Hard Way
Born in Croatia, 1930 Tony Maglica witnessed poverty and suffering like no other today after his country was devastated from the Second World War.
Like so many in Europe at the time he knew he had to get away in order to make a better life for himself. He settled in Los Angeles in the early 50s and after saving $125 from working odds and ends, he acquired his first lathe and subsequently founded Maglite in 1955.
13Gymshark Started Out In Ben Francis' Parents Back Room
In 2012 Ben Francis was studying at college during the day and working as a delivery boy at his local Pizza Hut at night before he started one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK, clothing giant Gymshark.
Starting out with little money, but with a fascination in computers, he built a drop-shipping website whilst living with his parents, as he learnt the ins and outs of the marketing industry.
14Zuckerberg Invented Facebook In His Dorm Room Then Moved To A Garage
Mark Zuckerberg was the Harvard college student who invented the biggest social media platform in the world, Facebook...and he started it from his dorm room.
In the beginning the tech genius teamed up with his roommates to develop and expand the increasingly popular social media website.
By the Summer of 2004 Zuckerberg had moved to a small house in Palo Alto (where many other tech startups go to 'incubate') before signing a $500,000 investment deal with a Venture Capital firm.
15Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Was "every Department" At The Beginning
After failing to to become a lawyer, Sara Blakeley worked selling fax machines for 7 years during the 90s before she realised that this isn't how she wanted to spend her life.
During this time as a saleswoman Blakeley had developed all the necessary skills to sell a product that she didn't care about and realised that she would be unstoppable if she started a business selling something that she was passionate about.
Enter Spanx - an undergarment design for women that the 27-year-old founded in 1998.
16Yankee Candle Started Out As A Homemade Christmas Present
in 1969 Michael Kittredge was a 16-year-old struggling to think of a Christmas present for his mother...we have all been there.
Rather than doing what most of us do and opt for the box of chocolates, the Massachusetts born Kittredge got creative and melted down all the crayons he had in the house into a candle and presented it in an empty milk carton.
Most mother's would be grateful for anything on Christmas Day, so the teenager thought nothing of it when she appeared to be delighted with his latest innovation.
You Don't Need Much To Start
From college dropouts to amateur hobbyists, there is a common thread between all these succesful startups...they had a vision of where they wanted to go.
Everything else they figured out as they went along and didn't let things like startup capital or office space hold them back.
If you believe in your product do what is necessary to get it off the ground.