7 Step Guide To Becoming An Inventor

Written by Chloe Harwood

As a child, we often have wild dreams about becoming an inventor. We imagine wiry haired professors tinkering away with futuristic inventions. Here’s the kicker, there’s no reason you can’t be an inventor! You can make that childhood dream come true if you make the right moves and choices. There’s something very special about coming up with a world changing idea. As an inventor, you’ll help turn that spark into a reality. You may even make a small fortune doing so. Think you’ve got what it takes? Let’s take a look.

Get to know your patent law – First of all, if you’re inventor, you need to know the ins and outs of copyright. You’ll be coming up with hundreds of ideas. Each one could be your next big breakthrough that changes the world. The last thing you want is someone with more resources and money stealing that idea.

Use your experience – Unfortunately, no-one can become an inventor overnight. You need expert knowledge in your field. This will typically be engineering, but harness your skills in your area of expertise. Make use of contacts and your depth of knowledge to come up with ideas and move them forward. Take your years of experience and use them to shape new pathways.

The ‘big idea’ – As an inventor, you’re always looking for that one big idea. However, don’t push yourself too hard to find it. More often than not, the world changing idea will evolve from something smaller. What is more important is that you have ‘an idea’ and start working on it. Just start working and the rest will come.

A space to work – Every inventor needs their own workshop or laboratory. If you’re just starting out, you might not have access to a well stocked space. Instead, try turning an area of your home into a workspace. A garage is the ideal place to work without disrupting the family.

Tools and supplies – Inventors are constantly building new things. That means a constant supply of equipment and tools is in order. We suggest building strong connections with good suppliers, you’ll be using them regularly! How else are you going to get your hands on a ball transfer unit at short notice? Find suppliers that serve your niche and reach out to them.

Investment – Inventors don’t typically pursue their ideas for monetary gain. They do it because they believe the world needs their creation! However, you’ve got to pay the bills. This is where seeking out investment can be really powerful. In the early days, good investment will afford you the time to hone your idea and experiment. Reach out to angel investors and potential lenders with a good business plan.

Marketing – Finally, you’ll need to build some buzz around your fantastic idea. Start thinking about your marketing tactics early as it will help define your invention. Who is your main audience? How will they use this product? These questions will tighten your offering and give you an edge when it comes to marketing.

There you have it, wannabe inventors! There’s no time like the present, so get your brain in gear and start inventing!

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Chloe Harwood