The following excerpt is from the book
for Dummies: Second Edition"
by Dr. Marty Nemko.
Here are introductions to many interesting careers, including a recommended website and/or book for those who want to learn more. For the entire list of 500 careers, see the book "Cool Careers for Dummies: Second Edition".
Sixty thousand kids a year are treated in hospitals for
trampoline-related injuries. So Mark Publicover invented
JumpCourt which provides 360-degree protection around
standard-sized trampolines. JumpCourt is now sold
in 7,000 outlets. How does an invention get invented?
It starts by asking yourself: "What's annoying?"
and "What could I invent that would solve the problem?"
Inventors, mostly engineering types, usually develop their
prototypes as an after-work spice to their corporate day
jobs. How to do it successfully? You needn't build the
prototype yourself. Find a model maker in the Yellow Pages.
Then test out your prototype on potential customers and
retailers. If it passes muster, find out what it would
cost to manufacture--use the Thomas Manufacturing Register
of 160,000 manufacturers to find one (www.thomasregister.com
). Is it cheap enough to allow ample profit? Have them
make a small run and distribute it through trade shows,
a Web site, direct mail, or wholesale it to retailers.
Or try to get a corporation to buy (and not steal) your
invention. Avoid services that promise to help market
your invention. They usually cost you more than you earn.