My name is Stephen. This is my first time at your site so I'll explain where I'm at with my product and hopefully I can get a little feedback on what you might think is the best "next step".
1.) Had an idea for a product and sat down at the work bench and made a working rough prototype right away. Result- "IT WORKS!" and very well.
2.) Enlisted the help of a friend, refined a better prototype made from better materials. Result - a usable prototype and twice the enthusiasm. I now have an engineer on board.
3.) Secured a patent pending covering the invention and it's offspring which are obvious. Result - Over 2 grand in debt.
4.) Found a designer who will do the CAD design and get us a manufacturable prototype. Result - possible 3 to 5 grand more debt, as soon as I say lets go.
5.) Realized this is going to get expensive and I don't have the kind of money it will take to get this to market. Single dad just making ends meet (sometimes). I believe this is such a good product and I can see it selling in huge volumes, eventually moving into so many other areas. Everyone I show it to thinks it's a good product as well. Result - 2-3 Friends want to invest. That is a nervous proposal. Business plan? Marketing? Register a Business? Incorporate?
I am going to do this, it's just too good to let go. It's a life changer but my next move is?
Any help you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Stephen