Apple, Microsoft, Google, Disney, Yankee Candle Company. You are no doubt familiar with these world famous corporations and likely use one or all of their products on a daily basis. But besides being successful businesses, what does each of these companies have in common? They were all founded in a garage. It may sound like a humble start but with a dream and a space to build it in, each of these founders hit it big. How can you follow in their successful footsteps?
Find a Garage
Ok it doesn’t have to be a garage. It can be a kitchen, living room, dorm room, shed, covered porch, or wherever else you can find affordable (preferably free) real-estate. The important thing is that you find a work space that is conducive to what you need to get the job done. You may have heard “location is everything”, however, if you haven’t fine-tuned your product, it’s not time to drop money you don’t have on renting that great storefront downtown. This is the humble start to your great, future success story. So get cozy.
Be Ready to Work…Hard
It’s tough to get a business going. You will have to expect long hours and it is more difficult to separate work from home when running the business out of your house. That’s why it’s important to stick to a schedule, be self-disciplined, and don’t neglect your sleep or your family time. This will prevent you from getting the work done that you need to while not burning out. Remind yourself why you want this endeavor to succeed.
You have to be a good planner for your business to grow into a large corporation. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. That means you will have to adapt. You will make mistakes. Investors may not respond to your idea with the same enthusiasm as you have. It will be nearly impossible to produce a product the exact way you envisioned on the first try. There will be a lot of trial and error at this stage. Therefore, it’s important to stay positive, change things if and when you need to, and embrace what you learn along the way.
Yes the real reason the above mentioned corporations succeeded to the extent they did, isn’t just because they had the garage in common. They had drive and with that kind of incentive, it doesn’t matter where you start up.