Ask any entrepreneur or inventor about what they remember of the first product they ever launched, and they will look back at you all misty-eyed. Because, no matter how successful or unsuccessful it was, it was the start of their careers. It was the beginning of their journey to self-sufficiency and without that experience, they probably wouldn’t be there at all.
Of course, there is probably some poetic license going on here, but you get the point. If you have an idea, don’t be put off by any doubts you have. Just get out there and do it – you never know where it might lead. So, if you have an inkling of an idea about a product you think could be a success, read on. We’ll tell you how to get to launch stage in several easy steps.
Form your idea
For your business ideas to be successful, they have to be good ones. In fact, not just good – it has to be brilliant – and popular. It can be something completely new or an improvement on a current product. But it needs to serve a gap in the market, and also needs to have a market. You need that mass appeal to have any success, no matter how clever or useful it is.
The design is critical in any manufacturing process. You may need to get some professional help if you don’t know your way around CAD or other design software. You should look into developing several different prototypes before deciding on the model you want to release. This is the stage where you can iron out any kinks and make sure that you are adhering to any and all safety standards that apply to your type of product.
As soon as you have a rough idea of what your idea is – and how you are going to make it – make sure you patent it. A patent will ensure that your ideas have intellectual protection, and no other person can steal the to make a profit for themselves. Look for a patent lawyer to help you out. It could be the best money you have ever spent if you realize someone has pinched your idea somewhen down the line.
Now comes the manufacturing process. Look into finding a premises large enough to deal with your volume of production. You may need to hire staff to operate machinery, and you could also find yourself training them up. Think about injection molding classes, for example, if you are creating plastic products. It’s essential that your employees have the skills you need to produce the volume and quality to meet demand.
And that, good people, is all there is to inventing something and getting it ready for market. OK, so the truth is it is far more difficult in real life. But the point of this article was to show you that there is a relatively straight path between having an idea and delivering it to the public. So if you have that little feeling deep inside that makes you want to invent something? We say, without question, go for it!