Journey Of 7 Companies From Garage To Global Office Space

The folks over at share the inspiring stories of companies that went from garage-based offices to global phenomenons! 

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur who dreams of introducing the ‘next big thing’ to the world? Considering your options on where to work from? I bet your garage is going to sound like a pretty attractive choice after your read these success stories.

These visionaries show us that patience, drive, determination and a little bit of luck can turn your dreams into global realities. They didn’t let ‘small issues’, such as lack of space, hinder them from pursuing their ideas.

Get your daily dose of inspiration from these shining examples:

#1 Harley Davidson

This company has been in existence for 113 years and is still a household name all over the world.

Founders and childhood friends William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first motorcycle in a 10 x 15 feet wooden shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Today, Harley Davidson is still one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers and still a very powerful brand

#2 The Walt Disney Company

Can you believe that the Walt Disney company is already 93 years old? And the brand is still getting stronger!

Before Disney gave us the happiest place on Earth, their own place was a one-car garage in California owned by the uncle of Walt Disney. That was the first Disney studio.

With total revenues of $53B in 2015, the company is the second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenues.

#3 Mattel

The company that gave us the Barbie doll actually started in 1945 from a not-so-glamorous location- a garage.

Founders Harold Matson and Elliot Handler initially sold picture frames. They didn’t make a lot of money so they used picture frame scrap materials to build dollhouse furniture.

Now, the company operates all over the world and is the biggest toy company in the world, in terms of revenue.

Microsoft#4 Microsoft

Microsoft was founded in 1975 by two childhood friends Paul Allen and Bill Gates. They developed their first software inside a garage.

The company’s big break came five years later when IBM awarded them a contract for the operating system (OS) for their new line of personal computers.

Today, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world.

#5 Apple

Apple’s brand recognition is so exceptional that you probably think of gadgets instead of a fruit when you hear the word.


Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, they first operated in a garage located in Los Altos, California. Their first Apple personal computer kit was built by hand and sold to local retailers.

Now, Apple is the world’s biggest IT company in terms of revenue and total assets. Its revenue amounted to more than $215B in 2015.

#6 Amazon

Amazon (originally Cadabra) is the biggest online retailer company in the world! It is practically the father of online shopping.

It had its humble beginnings in Seattle, Washington in 1994 when technology entrepreneur Jeff Bezos started an online bookstore from the garage of his home.

From selling its first book online in 1995, has evolved into a diversified ecommerce site selling basically everything. In 1999, Bezos was named Person of the year by Time Magazine, acknowledging his huge contribution to online shopping.

The company’s revenue totalled to $107B in 2016.

#7 Google


Google is extremely popular that the word has become a noun and a verb. Have you ever made a statement like this: “I googled about investment funds last night and found this great option”? And everyone surely understood that sentence too.

Two Stanford PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google from a basement in 1996. They tried to sell Google to Excite for $1M in 1999, but Excite CEO George Bell rejected the offer.

Now, Google is the most visited website in the world and has an estimated value of $133B  for this year.

Success stories can start anywhere- in a garage, a home office or out on the streets- everything starts from nothing. It doesn’t matter where you begin- what’s important is that you press on toward your goals.

About The Contributor:

photo-gemma-reevesGemma Reeves is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories. She has worked with several clients across different industries such as advertising, online marketing, technology, healthcare, family matters, and more. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is engaged in assisting other aspiring entrepreneurs in finding the best office space for their business.

Check out her company here: FindMyWorkspace

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