Do you aspire to become Bill Gates? Do you want to start an international business empire? Do you want to feature in Forbes Magazine as the world’s richest man or woman? Most of you would have this burning desire to become successful like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, but your inner self will inhibit this feeling and take you to ground reality you need money to be rich.
Yes, it is true that you need money to start a business, but that does not mean that you need a lot of money. Proper planning, extraordinary skills, and a little bit of lady luck is all that you need to become one of the richest persons in earth.
There are quite some businesses that have started their operations right from garages and now operate out of skyscrapers. Here are some business start ups that have traveled right from the filth of the garage to the opulence of high-rise buildings.
#1 Apple: Today, with the success of Apple products, you will find it hard to believe that the trio of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniack and Ronald Wayne sought to set up their business from garage in Cupertino, CA. in 1976. Currently, on the offer are a well defined range of intuitive products ranging from MACs, iPods, iPhones, iPads and likely to be launched a smart watch too!!
#2 Google: Would you believe that a Menlo Park, CA garage is where Google was born in the year 1988. Little did anyone know that the garage will emanate the world’s most powerful search engine!! The early days of Google were spent on perfecting their search algorithm and indexing web pages while today they are researching for cars that don’t need drivers anymore.
#3 HP: In the year 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard combined their skills and enthusiasm to promulgate their own electronics manufacturing company. You will be aghast to know that this company was also born in a garage of Palo Alto, CA.
#4 Microsoft: Almost every PC in the world has Microsoft Software today, but before 1975, Microsoft was very close to oblivion. The determination and skills of Bill Gates and Paul Allen transformed dreams into reality. With just a handful of resources and a small garage space, the software giant announced its arrival.
#5 Amazon: In the year 1994, Jeff Bezos became the pioneer of online retailing and named it Amazon, but guess what? He pioneered his dream from his garage. In fact today, Amazon is present everywhere online right from shopping for books, apparels, gadgets, mobile phones and more and is considered one of the most leading e-retailers across the globe.
#6 Disney : Synonymous with entertainment especially for kids across the globe, you will be amazed to know that it had a humble beginning in a small garage which can be visited for inspiration sakes. It was only after his first project “Alice in Wonderland” was selected for distribution that Walt Disney shifted to a better and larger space to build an empire in animation and entertainment.
#7 Harley Davidson : Maker of the mean machines which top the global list of motorcycles, was initially manufacturing bicycles in 1901. It was only when they introduced a racing bike, their first in 1903 that they had to expand their operations and offer the best motorcycles across the world.
#8 Mattel : In the year 1945, Harold Matson, Ruth and Elliot Handler started their first business in their garage by selling picture frames. Soon,developed a support business of making doll house by using the wooden scrapes from their picture frames. meanwhile they realized the doll house business is more profit making then picture frames, Mattel shifted their focus to creating toys and doll houses. With products such as Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel became a world leader in toy sales.
#9 Dell : In the year 1984, Michael Dell started PCs Limited Company which sells and builds custom-ordered personal computers. A year after, he dropped out from the university. He focused on his business aspirations by moving to an office in North Austin through his earned profits. It started difficult at first but today, Dell company is one of the leading and high-grossing tech company in the market.
So if someone asks you tomorrow, “What is the similarity between Apple and Google?” You can reply both these Fortune companies were born in garages. Small beginnings yet dreams have come true!! Well, with determination and the zeal to perform and achieving goals is possible. With efforts in the right directions and proper strategy, your start up can also be a great success.