What kind of business can inventing be? Do you take things apart even if
they are not broken just to see how they work? Do you watch shows
that demonstrate how things are made? These make up signs of an
inventor, and a smart inventor can make a business out of it.
Let me qualify this article. I am not talking about patents. This is
about everyday inventions to better peoples lives.
Money doesn’t just fall in your lap because you are an inventor. I know
the hard way about inventing and business.
My son was in a car accident that left him unable to do anything for
himself. I came up with invention after invention to make it easy
for him to do something.
My sons difficulties inspired my wife and I to start a business making
products for the disabled. I invented ways to attach ash trays,
bottle holders etc. to wheel chairs. Our products were less
expensive then the same type items from a medical supplier.
We had a catalog of our products. We also did custom work. My wife
designed a snug bag with arms and hood for someone in a wheel chair.
We lived in Minnesota where it got chilly in the winter. This bag
covered parts of the body missed by blankets.
I found toys that moved when turned on. I adapted them to work with a
big red button. Disabled kids had a hard time using an on-off
switch, but they could press the big red button.
We got a lot of pleasure from inventing and making things for the
disabled. It was not very good that we did not make much money at
it. We both had steady jobs, so this business was extra.
Most independent people with disabilities have very little extra money.
The state would cover things like wheel chairs and other necessary
equipment. Our products were not in the needed category, so there
was no funding.
On occasion, parents of children would buy or have something custom
made. For the most part we spent a lot of time with little to show
I invented a lot of things to enhance the disabled peoples lives. I
was almost trying to sell ice to Eskimos! Not exactly but you get
the drift. They really wanted what we had to offer, but did not have
the money to buy.
Yes, you can make money from inventing. There are many businesses with
this framework. Investigating where the money is and funneling your
efforts that direction gives you the best chance of success. I
learned the hard way. Luckily our livelihood did not depend on our
I only have one product that I invented and am selling. You can see it
skistrail on December 1st 2011 in Invention Analysis