Take Your Business Out of the Garage Just Like Steve Jobs Did with Apple Inc.
The stories of companies like Apple Inc. are legendary. For those of you who don’t know, the late Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started the business that became the Apple we know today in a garage. And they didn’t even own the garage. It belonged to Job’s parents.
So how do you go from college dropout building computers in your parent’s garage to the CEO of the empire that is Apple Inc. today? First, you must have a passion for what you are doing. Jobs and Wozniak didn’t build computers because they intended to grow into a large corporation. Wozniak didn’t even have any formal training in engineering. He built the first Apple computer, the Apple I, as a way to show off to a group of electronics and computer hobbyists who called themselves the Homebrew Computer Club.
Love what you do and you will never work another day in your life.
Apple was able to grow because they offered a product people wanted.
Steve Jobs had his finger on the pulse of consumers. Because he was tuned in to the wants of his customers, he was able to design products that solved a problem or were just fun to use. It doesn’t matter how spectacular your product is, you need to give people a reason to buy it before you will be successful. Know your customers and give them what they want.
Apple also made a lot of good business decisions. The garage is famous not just for it being the beginning of Apple, but also for what it symbolizes. The opportunity any business has for success despite its most humble beginnings. Look for opportunities to get the most from your humble beginnings. If you are manufacturing something like computers working in a garage is reasonable. If you are starting an accounting firm you won’t get any clients by leading them to a cubicle in a garage. In an industry like professional services, your garage will need to be a shared office space. You can find these services on websites like Officelist.com.
These services offer office space that you can grow or shrink due to the structure of the shared office. The administrative staff, furniture, equipment, and conference rooms are provided by the shared office service. All of the services are included in the rent. The amount of rent is based on how much space you require, and you can increase or decrease your space as needed on a month-to-month basis. This is an affordable solution to office space for those large corporations in their humble beginning stages.
There are many corporations that share similar beginnings as Apple Inc. Many corporations have made the leap from garage to building an entire campus to house all of their offices. Make the most of your opportunities and maybe you will one day look back fondly on your “garage” days.