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Mom Inventors

Saturday, March 11, 2006
Okay, all you amazingly talented moms with fabulous products that you've invented -- products that could benefit from a bit more profile. This sounds like a really great opportunity to me. Check it out. But if you're going to enter this contest, do it fast. The deadline is March 15th.

Mom inventors wanting more info on what's involved in bringing a product to market may also want to check out Mom Inventors and The Mom Inventors Inc. Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating and Selling Hot Products by Tamara Monosoff. The book offers tons of great tips on researching your market, creating your product prototype, protecting your idea, manufacturing your product, and bringing your product to market. What I like about the book is that it features case studies and practical advice from real-life mom inventors. There are also lots of helpful website links and other helpful resources at the back of the book. (If you've ever read any of my books, you'll know that a I'm a resource junkie, so you shouldn' t be too surprised to learn that this is one of the first things I look for when I'm checking out books: do they tell me where to go next in my research?) It's a great book for mom inventors: one that will leave you feeling inspired rather than discouraged.

Note: Canadian moms will have to do additional research about trademark and product safety and labeling issues in the Great White North -- the book is very U.S.-focused -- but if you're a Canadian mom inventor, you will still find this book of value. Read this book to learn the basic lay of the inventor's landscape, and then go searching for Canadian-specific information later on. (You'll find a lot of what you need on the Industry Canada website, but you'll need to visit at least a few other government websites to find out everything you need to know about product safety standards, etc. The Canadian government doesn't like to make things too easy for you. Otherwise you might find the whole process boring....)

| posted by Ann D @ 12:56 PM