Basically, consumers are hunkering down to limit spending, save money, conserve resources, and change the way they've been living. The major influence on the health of an economy is the psychological state of its consumers.
The three basic actions for growing a business in any economic climate are: improve efficiency (maintain output while reducing inputs, such as time and money); increase volume (produce more in order to spread fixed costs); reorganize the business (change goals, methods and/or philosophy). If you plan to implement one of these, you may as well plan to implement them all. By focusing on one of the above strategies, you will find a ripple effect that causes a need to address the others. This is a good thing.
Estimated Manufacturing Cost: The ideal situation is to contact manufacturers to get a price quote of how much it would cost to build your invention. But this can be difficult if you don't have exact specifications. The other suggested general rule is to divide your Suggested Retail Price by a factor of 4. For example, if your suggested retail price is $80, then your Estimated Manufacturing Cost is $20.
Detailed Description: This is where you describe the main parts or components that make up your invention, how your invention works or what it does, its main features, and method or intention of use. An example of main parts may include a container with lid, a motor for spinning, etc.). Examples of main features may include dishwasher safe, automated functionality, ease of use, etc. And, method of use examples could be: step 1, press red button to turn on, or pull white knob to make it move.