13 famous companies that started out as side hustles
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- Many of the most recognizable companies started as small side hustles.
- Some founders were working full-time jobs while building their side hustle. For example, Steve Jobs was working at Atari, while building the Apple I.
- Major social media companies like, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, started as side projects.
- Retail companies like Yankee Candle and Under Armour also began as passion projects.
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While side hustles become more and more popular, only a few people have managed to turn their passion projects into multi-million-dollar corporations.
Some of the most recognizable companies that have raked in millions - or billions - of dollars have started as a small side project ...sometimes in a garage, in a basement, or even at a larger company.
From Apple to Under Armour, these are the companies that had humble beginnings.
Before Apple became a massive tech company, it was a side project for its two co-founders.
Facebook started as a dorm room side project for its founders.
Instagram was a side project for its founder before it became a popular social media platform.
Spanx's founder was a saleswoman before creating her shapewear company.
Twitter started as a side project at a very different company.
Craigslist started as a curated email that the founder used to send to his friends.
The founder of WeWork was making baby wear when he created the office space company.
Under Armour's founder was a college football player when he first developed the company.
Yankee Candle was once a teenager's side hustle.
TheSkimm started as a passion project for its co-founders.
Before the virtual reality company, OculusVR was a famous business, it was a side project for its founder.
Imgur's co-founder was a student when he created the photo-sharing site.
The Khan Academy founder was working at a hedge fund when he started an education business.
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