Hi, i started this project in the summer of 2017 and my desire to create "The Foot Thing" was inspired by likewise products. But the main problem being that these similar products all had the same issue, they were all hand held. Since I love the idea of being able to multi-task and how that is a must in today's society. I made the sure that The Foot Thing offered just that. Along with another aspect to my invention is that it would offer a better choice for elderly folks or any person who has troubles with bending their knees or has some kind of disability when using their hands. The whole idea behind this product, is that you can sit down and smooth your feet and do whatever else your heart wants to do at the same time.
So in the beginning, i drew up some plans and within a couple months i had built an all wooden version. Still thinking that this wasn't much of an idea, but i figured, what the heck i'll ask on these inventing help firms just to see if the product was even available. And as it turns out, not only was it available but they were eager to work with me and partner up; envisioning in making this product reach a global market. But i declined their offers and decided to try this out on my own (not having to sign companies contracts). And after learning that this product was open, i then decided to make sure to have a better version and to create a more solidified final prototype, then obtained that provisional patent!
So long story short, I need funding to manufacture this simple but necessary invention to help make human life's, a little easier.
Risks and challenges
Funding is always an issue but even with the minimum of 38,000 dollars, finding a cost effective company within America to do the manufacturing is the next challenge. Then, to convince them that this is a solid, viable product for people everywhere, would be the next hurdle. After that, coming up with the appropriate legal representation for myself and for the product's health and use restrictions ,(So i won't be sued for people's inappropriate use of the product if any). Followed by the distribution process, to which i will then begin by selling products online including the shipping and handling. However, once the sells of the product increases, I will then need to upgrade accordingly. Finally, i'll be faced with the decision to establish my own company, or to try for a licensing agreement with some well known and firmly established business.
So far, from what I've accomplished on my own, is still staggering for me to believe. From the concept, to the drawing board, then actually creating something with your own hands really means a lot to me. Having my mother's past business experience, i have sought ought her advise and opinion regarding certain aspects to this project. But even when i was approached by invent help companies, (including a company that partnered up and helped create the "Ped Egg"). I declined their offers because i had already done on my own what they said they'd promise to do; drawing it up on a 3-d software program, coming up with cost analysis for the product, building a functional PROTOTYPE, creating a successful patent application and what to file it as, and then showcasing to advertise for marketing. The only thing i really haven't done is the showcasing part, instead i have a decent quality promotional video to show my potential investors.
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So in final, i believe that with the success i've made so far, i know i can do this and make this product a reality and bring it to your home.