Invention Business Plan Example: The Main Elements : Many different readers and audiences need to see your idea in writing. You will be surprised how many different questions will be asked about your invention. In order to efficiently answer such questions, the document should be designed such that it serves as a detailed yet practical guide and resource to be used by a broad audience. Thus, the elements and content of your plan should be both comprehensive (i.e. can answer most questions about your invention) and adaptable (i.e. can be easily modified) for the purpose of a specific use or audience.
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.
It is usually recommended that these projected statements be on a monthly basis for at least the first twelve months or until the business is projected to be profitable and stable. Activity displayed beyond the monthly detail may be in summary form (such as quarterly or annually). The forecast period for most business plans is two to four years.
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).