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    Sarah G
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    Hello :-)

    This is my second ever post here!

    Well, i haven’t started my business yet. So far, i have done a “starting a small business” crash course, read a book and done a bit of research of my own.

    Basically, i have a product in mind. I will be able to make it all myself, except i will need specially made wood pieces so i can make the design “collapsable” for storage convenience.

    Does anyone know where i would even begin in finding someone to manufacture these? Or maybe even better, a designer?

    And while i’m here, what precautions would you recommend someone to take who hasn’t started or managed a business before? I am just very aware that many businesses don’t make it through the first year due to insolvency, poor planning, etc.

    Thanks heaps!!!!!!!!

    Sarah

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    peppie
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    Not having worked especially with “wood pieces’ before, I can at least comment generally. You might look around for small businesses making parts in wood such as specialised furniture and parts makers. A good place to start though might be a pattern maker who generally makes small run parts in various materials or possibly as a pattern for a die or mold for a large run manufacture.

    I would basically look for someone in those fields who is making the same sort of parts you are looking to get made. They will have the expertise and shortcuts to do the sort of thing you want.

    As for running a business, it goes something like Think, Plan, Research and Ask Lots of Questions. You can do some training courses as you are doing, but there is no substitute for experience,,, just getting in there and learning as you do. As a friend said to me once, there is no school for that. And BTW, it takes time, years in fact, to feel like you are getting somewhere so add Patience.

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    Mark Prosser
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    Hi Sarah,

    Just wondering if you should first look at researching your product to determine if it conflicts with any other products on the market? A patent attorney should be able to help you in this endeavour. If your product is original then they can also help you protect your IP. I’m sure a good patent attorney would be able to point you in the right direction for your initial build and/or later manufacturing requirements.

    Regards,

    Mark.

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    Sarah G
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    Thanks so much everyone!

    In relation to patenting, my product isn’t original in itself but i will be designing and marketing it to appeal to a certain niche. The original product has been around for a long time (a thousand years or so) and there would not be a patent out there on it, but in terms of getting one for the aspects that would make my design unique… i would have to look into it. One thing i am worried that will happen is that if it takes off, copy cats will spring up, and businesses that already produce this product will cotton on to my niche and will break into my market. I know patents can be quite expensive so i will do some research.

    Thanks again :-)

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