Larger-Than-Life Companies That Started Out Of A Garage

In a time when starting your own company is a daunting undertaking, it’s comforting to know that several of the world’s most successful businesses came from humble beginnings. Many of them didn’t even have the luxury of an office, to begin with, and had to resort to someone’s garage as a makeshift workspace.

Here, company founders would work tirelessly without the necessary space, equipment, or even heating and cooling. Check out some of these major companies that have humble beginnings. You’ll be amazed by how far they’ve come.

Harley-Davidson’s First Engine Was Created In A Shed

Davidson stands with early prototype
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In 1901, a 20-year-old William S. Harley began drawing up plans for a small engine to be attached to a regular pedal-bicycle frame. Along with the help of his childhood friend, Arthur Davidson, the two worked tirelessly on their concept until finally assembling their prototype in a shed in Davidson’s family backyard.

After some trial and error, in 1904, their prototype went on to win fourth place in the Milwaukee motorcycle race, the first documented appearance of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It wasn’t long before they expanded into the motorcycle market and grew into the company they are today.