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5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

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This story appears in the September 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ready to test your idea's real-world functionality and appeal? Creating a prototype is a must. Mark T. Reyland, a serial entrepreneur and executive director of the United Inventors Association of America (UIA), offers up some tips on working with a manufacturer to get your startup ready to launch.

What should a newbie entrepreneur do first?

Before you ever pick up the phone, make sure you know--and can explain--exactly what you want in as many specifics as possible. You also have to educate yourself on the process so you understand what the person on the other end of the phone is talking about. A virtual prototype is not the same as a prototype, but some manufacturers try to sell them as such. You need to know the terminology so you can be sure you're getting what you want.

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