To invent, not much is needed actually. You recognize a problem, a solution pops into your head. Or as Don Draper puts it 'Peggy, just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face.' That’s the easy part. The hard part is what to do with it. Well, it really depends. Peggy here was creating ideas as part of her day job. The role was literally called “Creative”. However, it’s not always the case. What type of ‘creative’ are you? Your lifestyle and personal traits can have a lot to do with that.
An inventor who leads less structured life, irregular or self employment, usually more capable of spotting issues with different industries not necessarily related to their own. It’s easier to spot something that can be done better from a distance. Working too close can become so systematic that the flows in processes can be compensated by expert workarounds. In this case outside inventors can pitch new ways of doing such generally accepted practices.
Another type of inventors are those who are paid to find flows and make processes better. Those are geniuses who keep on pushing their own limits. They even criticize their own inventions and findings. ‘There’s always room for improvement’, I can almost hear it in their heads. Such lifestyles usually lead to tremendous expertise in one specific area. You might have heard it, ‘They dedicated the majority of their lives to the study of ______’ and fill in the blank.
And there are those inventive teams who have a set of problems to solve, together. Day in and day out, these teams would meet, discuss, brainstorm, and criticize each other’s thesis and work on the most resilient ones. Although such teams are usually paid employees, they can also be simply enthusiastic about a certain field and have the time and resource to pour into it until they come up with something new. Do garage bands and man-cave-project-focused-friends count into this type, probably.
Now if you’re the owner of your invention, refer to employer agreements mentioned in our invention journey blog, you’ll have to decide what type of inventor you are. It’d make sense to consider options that are suitable for your lifestyle and traits. If you’re working in an industry and think you have a better holistic solution, you might want to start your own business around it. If you’re more of a freestyle inventor, you might consider leasing or selling your invention’s IP. Don’t want to invest much on every great idea you have, consider listing it on our platform. Design and prototype engineers might be able to contribute to it for a percentage of its sale price and if it doesn’t get that much traction, you can move on the next great idea, who knows?