Don't spend any money on production unless you have done your market research first.
Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
I have an idea that I have built into a rough prototype. Once I get the bugs out, how do I get it produced?
Assuming someone else does not already make one just like it
This is more important if you want to make a profit.
The biggest, most typical mistake is to invent something great and find out there is no market for it. A fantastic idea may not sell.
A patent lawyer can do a patent search for you to see what's out there already. Just get the yellow pages and ask three patent lawyers for a price. If one of the prices is way off don't use that one.
Getting a patent on something, has nothing to do with if it will sell, or not sell, nothing
. In many cases it's a waste of money. You still might need a patent search just to see if there is a patent infringement.
If you know what kind of business will make the various things that you need to have done, get to the Thomas Register (at the library in reference books) maybe now they have an on line version I don't know.
Or google the type of bussiness you need.
And call three of them, start with ones that are closer to you. Throw out a price that is way off.
Go visit the businesses you like and get a tour, and try and make a judgment if you trust them. Ask them for the names of a few happy customers and call or visit the customers too.
Prepare to be broke for a couple of years. Don't let your ego control the spending. Don't let your desire to have your own product on the market keep you from doing good market research first. Don't try to sell against an equivalent produt that is priced lower. This is a tough one, get all your quotes and know the cost before spending anything.
If you have customers asking for something at your shop, be very carefull if you assume it will be that way across the country. Try and find out more about the market.
Good luck !!