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.
No matter how great your idea is, most people expect that you have it written down. When I was new to inventing, I had no idea what that meant. I searched around but didn't find any universal format for documenting my ideas.
A recession is the optimal time to reinvent competitive advantage because the pressure of a feeble economy will separate the strong businesses from the weak ones, with the weak falling out of the game entirely. Your business will be strong if you have a plan of action based upon a little industry research, an analysis of what you have and what you want, and continuous monitoring of the results of your plan. This kind of innovation is not only a necessity right now, but it is an opportunity to improve the quality and efficiency in the way you do business.
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.