All inventors do (and if not, should) look for free advice. I’ve got a great suggestion for these inventors, and really, anyone with a business or a desire to simply start something new, get something done, etc. Visit forums. These are great resources. I began visiting forums about four months ago before creating my own. The range of questions people ask and answer amazed me. At InventRight, we do our best to help people, but regular forum-users have great experiences and great advice as well – and they’re more than willing to share it.
As a disclaimer, the forum world can be crazy. I often compare it to the Wild Wild West – there’s a whole set of rules and conduct, much of which was foreign to me. I recommend treading lightly at first. Some posters view the forum as their site, their business, their whatever, and if you do something a little too crazy or out there, they’ll let you know. I visit the following sites the most frequently.
InventorSpot – One of oldest inventing communities. I’ve found many of the posters to be very knowledgeable, but others much less so. Pick and choose the advice you follow carefully.
InventRight – My forum – it’s only been up for about 5 months, but there are a lot of posters willing to offer their help with legal questions, sales sheets, etc.
EdisonNation – Great group of people with experience,
Start Up Nation – Has a lot of experts and a lot of diverse topics.
Please, check all of them out. Find the one that fits your personality the best, because truly, they each have their own distinct personality and voice. Jump in and contribute when you feel comfortable. By all means, be a lurker! Analyze from a distance first before you introduce yourself. There’s a world of information out there, and it’s free. Grab it.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 25 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight, a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas and the skills needed to succeed. You can ask questions and get advice on the inventRight forum, check out the resource center, and listen to the weekly radio show on inventing.