I have an idea for a home product. It is rather complicated to make which is why I need help with new invention prototyping. Should I look to find an engineer to partner with or do you know of a better way?
I am assuming that you have limited money to invest in the idea yourself. The best way to get a project like this started is to evaluate the idea to make sure someone would want to buy it. See www.inventionpartner/idea-invention-process.html for details.
Done properly evaluating an idea does not have to cost a lot of money. The problem is that evaluating is not the fun part of the process so most inventors choose to skip it. Don’t. This is the most important step in the invention process. I have known inventors that have wasted years of their lives and thousands of dollars on fundamentally bad ideas, ideas that would never make them money. The sad thing is they could have figured this out early on for very little money.
If you are not sure that the idea will sell you should not pursue it.
If you are satisfied that the product would sell I would suggest finding a partner to help. The partner should have the money needed to build a proof of concept and to protect the idea. You would bring the idea and the enthusiasm; they would have the money to execute it.
The best place to look for money is in the people that you already know. These are the people that know and trust you. They want you to succeed. This is another reason to evaluate your idea first. You must believe in the idea yourself and be able to prove it to someone else.
Once you have acquired the money either out of your own pocket or through an investor you should develop a working model of the idea.
Complicated ideas, like the one you are asking about, require that you test and prove them. At this point look for an engineer to help with the idea.
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