Business Idea Invention History Art

by ryan


Business Ideas in the Invention History Art niche


This business idea taps into the history of invention. Old patents are interesting. Who created and patented the first telephone? Phonograph? Automobile?

People in the past created many inventions that we tend to take for granted nowadays.

However, we can give respect to the effort and work put into the creation of these products by reading and learning more about them.

So how can you develop a business idea that taps into this interest?

You can create and sell posters, framed prints, note cards and more from original and recreated patent artwork and diagrams.

To do this you will need creativity, and must be willing to do some research.

Many people would be more than willing to buy unique art like this. It adds a vintage look to the walls of their homes, offices, and other places.

Instead of only learning and keeping in touch with these achievements, we can also help others learn about these inventions by making them aware of them.

In addition, by finding the patents filed for the individual inventions, you might find more information and drawings about old patents and create posters of them.

Find out who had created and patented the first telephone, the first automobile, and the first phonograph. With all this information you can create effective and interesting posters, framed prints, note cards and many other informative products.

This business idea is an interesting one requiring you to do some research on different products and patents.

A great place to start is Google Patents.

Along with this, you need lots of creativity so that you can create something interesting from the patent drawings that you find. business-idea-invention

You can find this information about old patents and discoveries on the internet or by visiting your local library.

You will have to hold some interest in history and have the patience to go through patents and decide on the ones that customers will be most interested in learning about and buying a poster of.

You can also put a humorous twist on this business idea by inventing artwork that showcases silly and non-practical inventions.

Check out The History Of Useless Inventions for some great inspiration.

Some of these inventions are quite funny and thought provoking too, at least I thought so. Imagine chicken eye protectors, alarm forks and finger toothbrushes for starters.

There are also some great images and even photos, but remember to be careful about using copyrighted artwork. You do not want to cause legal problems for yourself by using any drawings or pictures that are not in the public domain.

To help determine whether an image you want to use is copyrighted or not I recommend the book How To Use Images Legally by Scott Tambert.

The book is available in both hardcover and ebook download.

Now if you find an invention or idea for artwork from a patent, you can always draw your own or have an artist render a drawing for you.

And you can also create photos too, if you can construct the device somehow. Check out the picture of the food cooler on the history of useless inventions page, you can see that a photo like this would be easy to recreate.

You will also need to think about your marketing strategy for this business idea.

One of the best places to start would be to create a website where you can display some of the work that you have so that people will know about your products.

You could also create a portfolio page where you place thumbnails of all your available posters so that people will be able to have a look at the type of posters you have to offer.

You may need the help of a publisher to create the posters for you.

You can work with someone locally, but one of the easiest ways to get started is to use CafePress. Find or Create Hilarious Merchandise at CafePress

You can open an account with them and create your products and sell them by directing buyers to the site. They print on demand so you don’t have to have any money in a lot of inventory or start up.

If you decide to work with a local printer, look for someone whose charges are reasonable so that you can control your budgeting and do not have too much of an expense to cover in the final asking price.

If you price your posters too high, you may not get many buyers.

Then of course, you may need the help of a person who frames some of these patent posters for you too, to be able to sell them as art pieces.

Frame a few posters and offer them to a local art store to sell with their other works of art.

Using these basic marketing ideas you can expand to offering your prints to businesses, especially a business associated with the product in your poster, and you can also display at art fairs and flea markets.

You can even add other products to your line besides posters such as note cards, greeting cards and other paper products.

With such an innovative and creative product you could probably even get into some high level juried art fairs where the clientele is willing to spend more money for quality items.

This of course would mean investing more initially into a stock of inventory, but you could also have examples of each product for display and take orders for future delivery.

The only drawback to this is that a lot of people see something and want to have it right away, so you would have to weigh the pros and cons of this approach and experiment with the best marketing approaches for you.

I think this is one of the most fun and creative home business ideas I have seen for someone with an artistic bent, or who loves to research and wants a unique business idea to pursue, and a great way to create a new income stream for themselves.


Previous post:

Next post: