In this article, I discuss how to develop a versatile yet compelling business plan for inventors and their inventions. I explain its importance, main elements, how and where to find content, and its many uses. I also provide real examples adapted for three common purposes: for filing a provisional patent, for entering into an invention hunt, and for submitting to other key users. Other key users may include retailers, manufacturers, industrial engineers, investors and licensing agents.
The Importance : An Invention Business Plan is an effective communication tool for providing a clear and tangible description of your invention while conveying its viability and value. It tells a detailed story about your invention including what it is, how it works and why your invention is a believable business opportunity. It can generally be described as an organized all-in-one depository of everything you know or have learned about your invention. It includes every angle about your invention so as to be used as a reference point for the development and/or submission of audience specific requests. Having a broad audience scope allows it to be used as a collection of information which can then be modified or adjusted according to the audience in which it serves.
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.
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