A few years ago Edison Nation did a random survey asking respondents if they had a great idea. Of the 483 people surveyed:
- 56 percent had one good idea
- 44 percent of people had more than one good idea
The big takeaway though?
Of the 56 percent of people who had at least one good idea, only 2 percent of those people had ever submitted it to an innovation company.
That number, 2 percent, has stuck with me over the years. In a past InvENting 101 post, we talked about “Fear and Inventing” and outlined reasons why people decide NOT to share their ideas. In this InvENting 101, we’re looking at the other side and diving into why people DO decide to submit their ideas and, taking it one step further, how they do it safely and securely.
Why should you share your invention ideas?
As hard as it may be, let’s take eternal riches, glory and retiring to a small island in the Caribbean off the table. Beyond money, what are some other reasons why you should take a chance and share your idea?
How many times have you gone through life and thought to yourself, what a great product! I had that same idea a long time ago, or, why didn’t I think of that?
An idea is just an idea if it is never shared.
Chances are, if you have a problem, you’re not alone. Subsequently, if you come up with a solution to that problem, you’ll be helping more than just yourself. If you never share it, how will others benefit?
Ideas beget more ideas.
The more you share, the more ideas you’ll have. When you share your ideas, you simultaneously create the need to replenish them, which, in turn, opens the door to creativity and innovation.
Sharing yields feedback.
Just because you think your idea is the next big thing doesn’t mean the masses will agree. Sharing can validate a concept…or not. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but if you look at it from another angle, sharing the idea and getting feedback can be constructive to help you determine the next steps for the concept.
Sharing gets you (and your idea) noticed.
You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if no one knows about it, your chances of getting it commercialized are zero. Find a platform or group you trust and take a chance.
All of this being said, once you decide to share, your next step is to figure out HOW…
How should you share your invention ideas?
There is no shortage of places you share your ideas, that being said, you have to find the platform that is a fit for you.
Getting started is the hardest part because that is where you have to conquer your fears. The best way to combat anxiety over sharing is to do your research.
- Check out the platform and/or company, learn their process.
- If there is a community, reach out to members for their experiences and ask questions.
- Ensure your needs are in alignment with the platform’s terms and conditions.
- READ all the fine print.
- Make sure your idea will be protected every step of the way.
- Review the resources offered by the company – this could be through a blog, through forums or other channels.
- Last but not least, if you still have questions, ask the support team.
Large or small, your invention idea is important and should be protected wherever you decide to share it. Learn as much as you can. The more knowledgeable you are on the platform, the more comfortable and confident you’ll be to get started.
Remember, sharing ideas can help YOU be a better inventor. Ready to get started? Check out our current searches!