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.
Suggested Retail Price: Base the suggested retail price on comparable market prices and other relative assumptions and factors. For example, if the invention combines the task of two or more existing products on the market, provide the cost of using those products separately and then demonstrate how your invention is priced such that it saves the consumer time and money. A good example is a food processor. You would provide the cost of knives, cutting boards, and the time it takes to cut everything. Whereas your invention, the food processor, is priced less than all of those things combined, plus you have the added value of convenience and time savings.
"Half the population in [a] new ABC News poll thinks both job security and retirement prospects in the years ahead will remain worse than their pre-recession levels." ("Poll: Less Job Security is the 'New Normal,'" ABC News The Polling Unit, June 15, 2009, analysis by Gary Langer) This confidence, or lack thereof, is an integral part of an economic cycle.
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