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Second Opinion

When the going gets tough, consultants provide the expertise you need.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "In every society, some men are born to rule, and some to advise." How true these words ring in the society of inventors. After all, every inventor eventually discovers he or she doesn't have all the answers. At some point, it becomes necessary to seek out an expert for advice and counsel.

Consultants can be extremely helpful to inventors. The right consultant can offer advice on how to build a working prototype, assist in finding manufacturers and help develop a marketing strategy. He or she can also introduce you to important contacts. The key, however, is finding a consultant who will meet your needs without wasting your time and money.

Tomima Edmark is the inventor of the TopsyTail and several other products and is author of The American Dream Fact Pack ($49.95), available by calling (800) 558-6779. Questions regarding inventions and patents may be sent to "Bright Ideas," Entrepreneur, 2392 Morse Ave., Irvine, CA 92614.

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This article was originally published in the June 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Second Opinion.

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