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We have written all these topics to help you further understand the Invention Process and what you can do to reduce mistake and keep costs low.

May 16, 2015

Protect Your Invention Ideas without a Patent

You might be thinking, “How do I make my idea a reality without sharing it with others?” At some point, you will need to share your ideas with designers, manufacturers, distributors and marketing experts. The most common way of protecting your idea is, of course, to get a patent. Unfortunately, this process can be costly and patents can sometimes take years to be approved. There are, however, other cost effective strategies you can use to protect your idea from being stolen. Agreements There are a few legal tools to help protect your idea that include a Non-Disclosure Agreement, a Non-Compete […]
May 15, 2015

Packaging for your Invention

The Importance of Protecting Your Products during Shipping and on Store Shelves The team at Invention Steps can assist you with all of your packaging needs and requirements from paper, plastic, pulp and cardboard boxes. We can also help you design the graphics for the packaging as well as provide valuable insight on the best packaging method to meet your product and your budgetary needs. We do, of course, always try our best to keep all packaging as eco-friendly as possible. However, some inventors do have cost restraints that determine the overall budget allotted for product packaging, which can lead […]
May 15, 2015

Would other people buy your invention?

To be quite honest, as an inventor, you can spend years trying to come up with that one successful idea but, how exactly do you know that you will profit from it? When you feel that you have an incredible idea that could lead to a great invention, I always suggest performing market research to better gauge your potential success or failure while also providing insight and answers to concerns or questions that you may have. First and foremost with any invention or idea, knowing your market is vital to your product’s success. For example, if your invention is relative […]
May 15, 2015

Where can you find angel investors?

Finding an angel investor is not an easy task but, in the event that you do find an angel investor it will undoubtedly be a great payoff for you during the invention process. Angel investors do not simply hang around coffee shops or community networking events with the intent to be found; generally, you must be referred to an angel investor. Typically, angel investors often want to be directly or indirectly involved with their investments. Because of this, they tend to invest in businesses geographically closer as involvement becomes much easier in terms of time and effectiveness. Immersing yourself in […]
May 15, 2015

QR Codes: Why You Need One

How often have you looked at products, visited stores, or perused through a magazine and seen a QR code? Did you know what it was? Do you know the purpose of a QR Code? More importantly, have you considered its value to your invention? A QR Code stands for a Quick Response Code and was first introduced and commonly used in Japan. Over the past few years, we have started to see more and more QR codes on websites, new products, billboards and other advertising outlets as the marketing world has discovered the power behind the boxed image. QR Codes […]
May 15, 2015

Design Review Meetings

During each of the stages of the design process, I strongly suggest that you get involved as much as possible as your role within the process does not stop simply after you have the idea. With your involvement, you should also understand the importance of the meetings that will occur during the phases of the process and their significance not only to you but for the designer (manufacturer, etc.) as well. In the design phase, it is important for the designer to capture the design exactly as you envision it. Meetings, therefore, allow you the opportunity to discuss your ideas […]
May 15, 2015

Inventors need a Sketchbook

Do you have random sheets of paper with scribbles, notes and designs that scatter your office? Do you find yourself using restaurant napkins to capture random lightbulb moments after dinner with a friend? Save yourself time and heartache. Invest in a sketchbook so that you can keep a record of your ideas and designs in one place. Your designs do not have to be paper clipped or stapled together in a random assortment of paper. They do not have to fill file folders or napkins, sticky notes or the backs of business cards. In fact, if this is the case, […]
April 7, 2015

Selling on eBay

Did you know that more than half of all sole proprietors of small businesses use eBay as their only avenue to sell their products to consumers? Inventors often miss the boat if they fail to consider selling their product on eBay, which is now the largest online virtual mall and is considered the mecca of all small businesses involved in e-commerce with customers around the world. Small companies often rely on eBay because it reduces the cost of creating their own website that features a catalogue of items and an automated ordering process. Setting up the catalogue and an online […]
April 7, 2015

Steps To Get Your Product to Market

Although working your way through the patent process as well as the design and manufacturing stages all seem quite overwhelming and complex, these will seem like nothing in comparison to the work involved when it comes time to launch your product into the market and begin selling. To effectively manage the marketing and selling process, I highly suggest creating a detailed marketing plan based on your market research to effectively outline the steps to successfully launch and sell your product. Here are a few steps to get you started in the process. Create a Marketing Plan Much like a business […]
April 7, 2015

Sale Price

At this point, your idea has transformed into an invented product that is ready to be introduced to the market. You have most likely begun your market research to gain a better understanding of the market, your consumers and their needs, as well as your competitors. With this, it’s now time to determine the price. How exactly can you determine the sale price of your product? I will respond to this question in two ways: market research and manufacturing. Both of these factors will provide a better understanding and determination of your target sale price. Market Research As you conduct […]