Three Mistakes New Inventors Make

by | Dec 9, 2017 | Educational, Invention Tips, Inventions, Inventors

Turning your invention idea into a functioning product is a dream come true for many people. However, inventing a new product or starting a business can be a maze, as it’s something most people haven’t experienced before. Although mistakes are natural when on a new path that is completely foreign to you, there are some mistakes inventors make that should and could be avoided.

If you have an invention idea, let your industrial design firm help you navigate the field of product development.

Let your industrial design firm help you navigate the fierce process of product development.


Expect unrealistic results

If you think your invention idea will turn into an instant success overnight, you may want to rethink your business plan. It’s normal to think your idea is the best idea, but setting unrealistic expectations for the results are just going to set you up for disappointment and failure. Few inventions make people millions of dollars, especially when it’s your first one. So make sure to keep your head up high but not lost in the clouds. Passion for your invention idea, combined with hard work and drive, is the key recipe for success.

Assuming your inventions for everyone

Not having a defined target market and realizing that not everyone is going to want to buy your invention idea is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your process. Even if nothing out there exists like your invention, you still need to look at whether it’s something that people want and will buy. Market research is a critical step in the process and its one that shouldn’t be skipped.

Every good invention idea needs a clearly defined target market.

Define your target market for your best results.

Lacking business acumen

Having an idea is important, however, that’s not the only thing that’s important. The invention idea is only a small part of the grander picture. Inventors that are the most successful are the ones who have lots of ideas and only act on the ones that make the most sense for them to enter a market with. It’s important to have some knowledge of all aspects of the business because just having an invention idea is only going to get you so far.

Product development is tough and it’s not cut and dry, there are so many different factors and components that go into it. However, there are a lot of mistakes that frequently get made that can be avoided. These are just three, but make sure you’re aware of as many as you can be before you jump in head first.

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.



  1. Bradley Naylor

    I might have an idea, its more on the painting side

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      Hi Bradley,

      Thanks so much for your comment. We can definitely help you out with your idea! We will send you an email shortly to discuss your next steps. Cheers!

  2. Seth Brackett

    I have several invention ideas from really simple everyday items to really complex machines… send me some information at your company please.

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      Hey Seth! Thanks for your comment. We will send you an information shortly to schedule a meeting with our Product Strategy team. Chat with you soon!


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