So, you think you have a great invention that one day might make you millions? Or maybe you’re in the process of trying to think of that great idea? Being an inventor isn’t as easy as it sounds.
I like encouraging people to use their imagination to one day possibly, just possibly, come up with that one idea that will change their life.
Being an inventor, however, is not just about sitting down and forcing your brain to come up with ideas. It also doesn’t mean that you need to compare your ideas to masterminds of the past. Anyone can be an inventor. All you really have to do is come up with an idea that hasn’t already been thought of or produced.
So how do you find great ideas?
Funny enough, great ideas just don’t fall out of the sky (although previously this has been known to happen).
Inventions can be found in all aspects of life. So, sit back, relax, and think about everyday things. Think about how things could be made simpler. Think about everyday problems you or people you know face. There are millions of solutions just waiting to be discovered.
Try not to force an idea. If you do come up with an idea, then try to elaborate on it. You could start by thinking about the pros and cons. If you come up with more pros and not as many cons, then you more than likely have a reasonable idea. Now start thinking about different applications your idea could work for and if it actually does solves any problems.
Ask yourself these questions:
So you got an idea. At this point, you’re probably thinking that this idea, this invention, is the greatest idea ever and you are getting really excited. That’s GREAT! This excitement is what you need to make your idea progress further.
Before you set up a business around your idea, however, consider if your idea really is that great. The best way to do this is to conduct a survey, ask friends and family and see what they say. If you want to open the survey to a wider audience, that’s even better. The more feedback you get the more you will understand if your idea is worth pursuing.
It is also important at this stage to be aware that your idea is still only an idea. You have no protection and anyone can steal the idea. In my experience, I suggest you only ask advice of people whom you can trust, like close friends and family.
As you’re showing off your idea, you may get a mixed reaction from different people. Usually people in different generations will find issues with your idea. These criticisms are good so don’t feel rejected but rather work with the suggestions to better refine your invention.
The reason why I asked you to list the cons of the idea is because usually, at this stage, people ask these questions. The more often the same issue is mentioned, the more likely it is that the problem needs to be solved before progressing further.
Usually, after deciding on whether your idea is great or not, I suggest getting advice from a product design company, or a patent attorney who can further assist you. The purpose of this website is to take you through the stages of getting your idea as far as possible with the least amount of money.