An effective Invention Business Plan is an inventor's best tool for efficiently navigating through the invention process. As an experienced inventor, I've learned that an idea is not perceived as a viable business opportunity until it can be effectively communicated on paper (or any other readable format).
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.
Marketing Analysis/Strategy: The next thing to write (after the general description) should be your marketing strategy. For new or existing businesses, market analysis is an important basis for the marketing plan and will help justify the sales forecast. Existing businesses will rely heavily on past performance as an indicator of the future. New businesses have a greater challenge - they will rely more on market research using libraries, trade associations, government statistics, surveys, competitor observations, etc. In all cases, make sure your market analysis is relevant to establishing the viability of your new business and the reasonableness of the sales forecast.
A business plan can be used as a vehicle for accurate communication among principals, managers, staff, and outside sources of capital. It will also help to identify, isolate, and solve problems in your structure, operations, and/or finances. Along with these advantages, a business plan captures a view of the big picture, which makes a company better prepared to take advantage of opportunities for improvement and/or handle crises.
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