Think of company giants like Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and The Walt Disney Co. (or The Disney Brothers Studio). Long before they have secured their spots in Silicon Valley or burgeoning high-rise buildings, they all started in the comforts of their garages or rented out garages.Aside from their humble beginnings, what do all these companies have in common? Well, if you look at their history, these companies were all started by men. Make no mistake–this is in no way downgrading their successes, but serving as inspiration to all. On this day, September 22, we celebrate the American Business Women’s Day. As men, women, too, are at the forefront of the growing businesses or startups in the country. In 2018, women-owned 1.1 million businesses, according to the Census Bureau. These businesses can be found in every sector of business, which includes construction, trade, finance, education, arts, sciences, technology, and more.Day by day, women have proven themselves to be driven and be leaders in the diverse occupations that they have. More and more are leading their chosen fields and set themselves as examples for the younger generation.To celebrate this special day, we are listing down tips on how to start your business in your garage. Because the best way to show support is to help one another build, reach and realize the business of your dreams.
Why in the garage
Labeling a business as a “garage setup” can become tricky as you may become too defined by this label. Not that there is something wrong with this, but you may tend to focus on your business as solely garage-based and not think of long-term goals. And sometimes, clients may perceive that a garage-based business may sound unprofessional. However, always remember that the way you handle clients is the most important and lasting impression one can get. It is not in the office space per se but on your work ethics that matter.Renting an office space is a viable option when starting a business, but you do not want to be spending your capital on rental fees, and spending the money that you do not have yet. Invest the capital on more significant uses such as equipment and fees vital to the business operations.As there is no need to commute to the office, you can use the time more wisely by starting working on your business. A good thing about setting up in your garage, and not in any other parts of the house is that you are defining your workspace and home space which can be confusing sometimes. Your mind works better when in the right environment. The mind distinguishes where work and rest start and end.
Choose the niche of your business
There is a myriad of options in choosing what kind of business to venture into. To cut the chase, think of your expertise or what kind of business you are most interested in. It is easier to work on something that is of your interest. That can be online retail, social media management, IT work, graphic design, and a lot more.
Clean and organized space
Nothing beats a clean workspace. It is like working on a clean canvas waiting to be filled with a wonderful work of art. A clean workspace will also aid in starting afresh and clear mind. As much as possible, only put what is most necessary in your garage workspace. A good workbench, sturdy shelves, and ergonomic chair. But of course, more equipment needs to be put in the space as the need arises, depending on the nature of work that needs to be accomplished.A good investment for the garage-business space is a durable workbench. Buy the Fleximounts Durable Workbench with Built-in Drawer WB201. It can surely hold multi-desktop setup and other computer paraphernalia you have. And if you have more stuff aside from the technical needs, like for crafts and clothing businesses, you do not need to worry as this workbench is at your service.The workbench is designed with high-quality craftsmanship. Its work surface is made from rubberwood measuring 1-in thick and sealed with varnish to protect against chips and scratches. The weight capacity it can hold is up to 3,000 lbs. The built-in storage drawer embedded in the worktop provides seamlessly integrated storage space for your workshop supplies. The modern design blends in perfectly with the rest of the structure while keeping your belongings out of sight and neatly put away. Even if you are working on uneven floors, the adjustable feet make it easy to level the workbench as needed. Moreover, you can use this workbench for multiple applications. You can set this up in your home, garage, warehouse, mailroom, basement, workshop, or office.As you are still starting your business, piles of paperwork can become a pain in the organized space. You can keep them organized by labeling them accordingly on the shelf.The Fleximounts Customizable Workbench Shelving Frame WB107 is also a good option. Its heavy-duty construction holds twice more than traditional workbenches and offers dependable load-bearing performance, which can hold up to 1,000 lbs per shelf. The iron-made workbench legs can last for years and are made of top-quality stainless steel screws. What’s more is that you can choose and customize the shape, color, and size to suit your ideal specifications of up to 8 ft long and up to 4 ft wide. The customizable workbench can also be used in multiple ways such as assembling tables, potting benches, or even study desks or work from home desks.
Prepare for setbacks
A business can go awry. You will encounter a lot of problems and setbacks. Success is not achieved overnight so, you have to prepare.Do not be afraid of committing mistakes as these will be part of the journey towards success. Develop problem-solving skills. Even if you do not tick off your to-do list and long-term checklist at the moment, take your time. Success is not defined by how short you have reached your goals. The most important thing here is to have a strong mindset, backed with the skills necessary for the job.