What if I don’t have a design background, will that hinder me?
It isn’t really all that necessary to have a design background when getting started with a physical product business. In fact it could really be beneficial to start without any baggage or preconceived notions of design ztandards. Your end-goal will simply be a well-functioning, good-looking product that you can sell at a reasonable profit. Designers and engineers can – at times – get caught up in “proper” design techniques, overly complex models, and other technical features that add no real benefit to your customers. A standard rule of sales is to sell on benefits, not features; but a standard engineering saying is “If it isn’t broken it doesn’t’ have enough features yet”.
But don’t think that studying some design is a bad thing. In fact, flipping through design magazines or blogs can be very beneficial for idea creation.
Here are a couple good examples for design blogs:
Being interested in having a physical product business, you likely have an idea in mind. If you’re like me, you see a product and instantly look for flaws or possible improvements.
If you don’t have a design background, please listen to the professionals when it comes to manufacturability, strength, or quality. This could really save you a bundle in warranty costs or low-quality items.
Design, engineering, and drafting skills are quite easy to hire for. You definitely should not worry yourself if you don’t have a background in these topics yourself.
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