Six Famous Businesses that Started in Garages

Here at Lock Up Garages, we understand that there are a number of reasons why people look for a large garage rental. It could be that you’re looking for somewhere to store your car, keep outdoorsy gear, or maybe to have a place to put things out of the way for a start-up business. If it’s the latter then you could be onto something, as a number of world-famous companies began in the humble surroundings of their garages.

It’s no wonder that start-ups such as Apple and Amazon saw success when you consider the benefits of working from a garage. There’s the safety element of a lock up garage, the space to store equipment without cluttering up your house, as well as having relatively cheap overhead costs that you can renew on a short-term basis. Furthermore, using it as your own personal headquarters means you’re able to separate your home and work life without having to worry about travel costs.

Here are a few of the businesses that have expanded from their humble beginnings and seen global success.


Yes, that site most of us use every day to find out the answer to pretty much anything was started in a garage.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin based their small project, Google, in the Californian garage of their friend, Susan Wojcicki in 1998. The duo began the search engine as a PhD project and soon found it too time-consuming, and attempted to sell it to Excite for $1 million. However, the company refused and Google is now the most trafficked site in the world.

The search engine has also expanded into a number of other apps and sites such as Gmail, Google Drive and Google+.

Yankee Candles

In 1969, 16-year-old Michael Kitteridge went into his garage, melted some wax crayons and made a scented candle as a gift for his mother. His neighbours expressed interest in purchasing some of the candles, and he soon started mass-producing them.

Four years later, Kitteridge moved his production to an old mill in Massachusetts as his operation had outgrown the garage.


Everyone seems to have at least one piece of Apple technology – whether it’s a laptop, phone or iPod. However, what a lot of people won’t know is that it all began in the garage belonging to Steve Jobs’ parents.

In 1976, Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne developed the Apple I computer, selling it to a local retailer for $500 apiece. They soon developed the Apple II computer, but it wasn’t until the creation of their Macintosh line that they first earned millions of dollars.


In 1923, Walt and his brother Roy Disney moved in with their uncle and began creating movies in his one-car garage. The ‘First Disney Studio’ saw the creation of Alice Comedies, which were a part of the original Alice in Wonderland animation.

After a long journey towards success, Disney is now one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. Their uncle’s garage is only a 45-minute drive away from Disneyland Park in California.


Now the go-to place for pretty much anything, Amazon started as an online bookstore in 1994. Jeff Bezos invested $40,000 into his start-up and managed to sell his first book in 1995. Two years later, he began selling shares of the company.

From what was once based in a garage in Washington, Amazon is now the world’s largest online retailer.

Harley Davidson

Ok, so this one wasn’t quite a garage – it was a shed. But since cars weren’t as common as they are nowadays, it’s the 1901 equivalent.

William S Harvey set about creating a small engine to power a motorcycle in his friend’s shed in Wisconsin. He and his childhood friend who helped on the project, Arthur Davidson, combined their surnames and founded their company in 1903.

It’s now the best-known motorcycle brand in the world, selling a range of merchandise as well as two-wheel rides.

If you’re inspired by some of the most successful businesses in the world, then look no further than Lock Up Garages for a start-up space. With our options for large garage rental, we can ensure you have the space you need to start a thriving business and separate your home and work life.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 020 8882 8575 and one of our friendly members of staff will be happy to help.

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