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21 Origin Stories of Billion Dollar Companies


Not all businesses are a success from the moment they come into existence. Many people assume that the most successful businesses were million dollar companies from the moment that they opened their doors, but this is not the case at all. In fact, if you are an entrepreneur that is looking to start a business, you can gain inspiration from the many now successful businesses that started out in a garage. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) American Express
You might think that American Express had a grand start from the beginning, but it is actually a company that started out of a shed. They delivered horses by mail and that was how they were able to offer express services. They decided that they were going to offer a service that competed with the United States Postal service and they grew it from the bottom. If you have a good idea, it doesn’t matter how you start out. Just remember that the business idea and plan are more important than the first office that you start out of.

2) Coca Cola
If you are looking for a successful company that had a really unique beginning, you do not have to look any further than Coca Cola. This is a company that actually started out selling medicine. The coca cola that you know today did not exist and it was actually a mixture of wine and cocaine. They quickly changes what they wanted to offer and began selling Coca Cola that would rival Pepsi. It is still one of the most popular soft drinks to this day and is the preferred choice to mix with alcohol.

3) Avon
Avon is not just the company where housewives can make a few extra bucks. It is a very successful business that had a very unique beginning. It was actually founded by a man that was selling books. This was not panning out well and he decided to start selling perfumes with his book purchases. This quickly took off and then Avon as you know it now was born.

If you are looking to start a business, you do not always have success right away. You might have to start out of a garage or switch your business plan up a few times before you can actually make the profits that you desire. You just have to be persistent and flexible if you want success.

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