The Blessing, The Spreadsheet and those First Few Contacts

Have you told anyone yet?  Have you divulged your secrets?  Have you taken the plunge and told anyone that you are working on your witty inventions, brilliant ideas, secret sauce?

whisperI did!  I told my brother.  He was so blessed and encouraged.  That is yet another unforeseen component of this inventions project.  I never thought about blessing other people and encouraging them just by bringing them up to date!  You should try it!  Tell someone what you are doing and lean back and enjoy the response!

That is….IF they are an inventor at heart.  My Mother just kind of looked at me funny.

I was catching up with my brother via email, and decided to give him both my Facebook and my Blog address.  He was really excited, and it got him stirred up too!  Come to find out, he’s got some inventions already in his head, some that he has written down, but some not.  He backed up our plan to write it all down (and mail it to ourselves) with Habakkuk 2:2 in the King James Bible  ‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’

“To be quite frank,” he continued, “it [the blog] was very enlightening. I liked it! Yes, I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have any inventions I was working on presently. But as I continued to read, I realized I was working on a number of inventions already…actually have been over the years. Mostly Green related. I’ve written business proposals on most of them and already done the market research and such. So, to say I was intrigued, would be an understatement. Liked your notes on writing it all down and mailing it to yourself. Good idea!  So I write down most (not all :/ ) of the witty ideas and inventions God shows me. But have never mailed them to myself. I need to start. Thanks. I did save your notes, because they are a confirmation and an answer to prayer. Really. Thanks for your faithfulness in writing those notes. What a blessing.”

So, that’s the good news, we’re blessing people without even realizing it!  That ought to give you warm and fuzzies!

The not-so-good news is that I am still in the spreadsheet process.  I have contacted three manufacturer/distributors, and only gotten through to the receptionist so far with one.  I was able to both leave a voicemail and send an email to the Vice-President of one company, my first call (!) so that was exciting.  Two other companies I have only sent an inquiry email, and another one I had to leave a voicemail with the (operator).  Sigh.

I knew a man who had invented some software ideas to plug into laptops and notepads.  It was a great idea, a wonderful marketing tool for marketers.  He got derailed trying to get his computers (laptops and notepads) from China.  It takes a long time to get stuff ordered and shipped, and costs LOTS of money.

That is why we are opting for licensing and our intent is to leave the manufacturing process to those who have the time and money to do it.  However… I am contemplating hanging onto one of my products and even if I outsource the production of it, it would be a tremendous way to travel the country (dare I say the WORLD!) and market it at shows and conventions.  I MIGHT, but I am not sure.  The reason this is even pertinent is because it seems that most of the items in this line of accessories that I am trying to invent are made in China.  The bulk of my “manufacturers” are truly importers and distributors…marketers.  So, I will truly be selling an IDEA, not the actual product or the manufacturing of it, but rather the re-sale of it.

However, I’m moving forward!  I am pursuing the dream!  I am pursuing witty inventions.  I know that With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!  All it takes is one blessing from the Lord, which will maketh one (THIS ONE!) truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it!  I am sooooooo ready for that blessing, that the Lord will CAUSE the blessing to come upon me and my household.   Lord bless the work of my hands!

So, what would you have done differently?  Please take the poll and let me know!

 

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Witty Inventions 4 – Momentum

Start thinking of your vanity license plate now!
It should say TXINVNTR!

As promised yesterday, I am on my way out the door to find manufacturers for my products.  I am headed to Walmart, amongst other places.  Since my ideas are largely automobile related, I am also going to a couple of auto-parts stores and the car-wash!

(Truth serum hits and she says, “Honestly, I’ve done this already. Months ago.  But I cannot find the list so I have to go out and do it again!)

Once there, I will find products that are closely related to mine in construction and potentially style.  I will find the manufacturers names and hopefully contact information.  Then when I return, I will put this data into a spreadsheet, and without further ado start to contact them.  I will keep notes on who I spoke to, and on what date, and when I am supposed to meet with who and where.  This will make it easy to refer back to when I am negotiating the sales and licensing agreements.

Once I get them on the phone, I will confirm the methods of getting my ideas into their hands, whether they would prefer to buy the idea outright or if they would rather license it.  This will dictate whether I create a proto-type, or just a sketch.  If the majority of the manufacturers prefer licensing, I will create the prototype, then get in front of the decision makers.

This is the plan.  I will update it as I go along.  I’ll update the blog as things progress, as well.  It may be a day or two before I have any activity other than what I have listed here, so I may blog on some other topics while I am waiting for forward movement.

This is exciting!  Are you coming with me?

So, this is where you are:

  • Give God the Glory!
  • Confess you are an inventor!
  • Write down your ideas and mail them to yourself!
  • Go Shopping!  Confirm your idea is marketable!
  • Make the decision, to sell the idea, license, or become the manufacturer
  • Find the manufacturers to contact