Do you have an invention idea you've been thinking about for a while? Getting started with new invention ideas can be difficult. Where do you begin? If you need some pointers on how to get started, check out our list of helpful tips.
1. Do your research
What kind of product do you want to invent? If that particular industry is flooded with new products, either consider tweaking your idea so it fits in another industry, or add in features and value which set it apart from the other new products. What can your product offer others lack?
2. Know the trends
What products are hot right now? Although trends are constantly changing, if you can get a sense for what is going to be popular in upcoming months, you may be able to alter your idea to fit in with, but also stand out among up-and-coming trends. For instance, superhero movies, products with associated apps, and eco-friendly goods are all trendy right now. How could your idea mesh with those or other trending topics?
3. Ask for opinions
What do other people think of your idea? Without disclosing too much information, casually ask your trusted friends and family what they think about your invention idea. They may have ideas on alternate uses or improvements which could be made. But, be careful who you approach if you don’t have a patent, and don’t take harsh criticism to heart. Can others offer additional insight?
4. Make a plan
How are you going to proceed from here? Make yourself a checklist and a plan, and remember to cross off each step as it is completed. It’s much easier to achieve your goals if you write down exactly what you want to do. Set both short term and long term goals, and remember to make them measurable. How exactly will you achieve your goals?
5. Sketch and build
What does your invention idea look like? A rough sketch and a non-working prototype help immensely when describing your idea to others. A sketch can include stick figures and traced drawings; you don’t need to be an artist. A non-working prototype can be made out of cardboard, clay, tape – anything which will help you make a 3D model of your invention idea. How can you show others what your idea looks like and how it works?
6. Come see InventHelp
Do you have an invention idea you’re not sure what to do with? InventHelp is an inventor service company staffed with researchers, illustrators, writers, and customer service representatives who will assist you in submitting your invention idea to industry. After being in the business for more than 30 years, we know what the invention industry is all about. Are you ready to get started?