It's an age-old cliché that "every journey begins with a single step." Unfortunately, many inventors try to jump ahead to the end of the road, when they might be better off starting locally and building the momentum to sell to bigger retailers. Those initial sales might not make tons of money, but they'll fuel future success.
|If you have a
great idea but don't know where to begin, try attending the
meetings of your local inventor clubs. They often have workshops
and guest speakers and can put you in contact with the people in
your area who can help you succeed. Most also have members who can
mentor you during the initial product development process. Find the
club nearest you by going to the United Inventors'
Association Web site or by calling (716) 359-9310. The
association also has an inventor's resource guide available for
Another excellent resource for both new and experienced inventors is Inventor's Digest magazine ($27 per year for six issues); subscribe at www.inventorsdigest.com or by calling (719) 479-2290.
Other Web sites to check out include:
Don Debelak is a new-business marketing consultant. Send him your invention questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.