Many makers out there have a project they’ve been working on that they could take to the next level — and they just don’t know it yet. If you’re playing around with an idea you think could make it big, and you just don’t have the business plan, here’s a rough sketch of what to do with your arduino project.
1. First, you want to see if there is a need for your product.
Reach out to people with different ideas — friends and family, coworkers and acquaintances. Get a fresh perspective from people who have no assumptions about your idea beforehand. Ask questions that are unbiased. For example, instead of saying, “Isn’t this pen idea great?” you could ask, “What do you think of this pen idea?” And don’t be afraid to talk about your idea and put yourself out there.
2. Save on costs by doing the initial prototyping yourself.
Look online on how to connect sensors to your Arduino project. Start by looking for highly-rated tutorials. An example of places to look for tutorials would be Instructables.com or on Make:. Then see how your hardware and software are coming together. Look for bugs in your code. Cover every base and leave nothing untouched. For example, consider a code being stuck in a loop, driving the battery down. Consider the size, range, and every specification in the project.
3. Now it’s time to show off your prototype to the world.
Get feedback from the people around you on your prototype. Since it’s a low-fidelity or medium-fidelity prototype, test with different circles available — industry experts, friends and family, coworkers, customers, users, etc. Make sure to ask the right questions to your audience. Is the purpose of the product clear?
4. Know when your prototype is good enough that you now have to take it to the next level professionally for a more polished prototype.
After doing research, you’ll learn about the next steps ahead: costs, processes and timeline requirements. It’s important to get a fresh perspective on how to approach your project. We all overlook important aspects of our projects from time to time after working on them for so long.
5. After iterating, get a professional prototype made to gather real feedback.
Take your prototype to events and trade shows related to the industry where they will be used.
This is the part where you try to get a sale with your product. The objective of trying to sell your first prototype is to get validation and real-world knowledge that there is a need for your product. This is also the testing phase where you do simulations and try to figure out if there are any holes, such as in the battery life.
After the prototyping steps, there is the manufacturing phase. During this time, it’s important to have a business plan in place or some type of outline so your arduino project is more likely to take off.
With these prototyping steps, you should be ready for manufacturing in no time and ready to make money with your arduino project.
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