Packaging and shipping are almost always overlooked. Products are designed for functionality and aesthetics. But how is it going to be packaged? How will it be shipped? These questions don’t get much thought until the end. Next week I’m gonna explore this a little bit.
The Going Ons
Everything is so close to being done. Yet, it feels like nothing is complete. The product designs are pretty much done, yet we are trying to plan out what lengths to provide the track in. Shipping plays a huge part in this. Over 18″ and the price jumps up considerable. The provisional patent is 97%, but now I need to add another connector piece to the project due to shipping. We had a product name and it was good. Perch. Perch was the name. But a stroll through Office Depot revealed that the name is already used for an organizing product. Back to the drawing board. Next week this will all be done. Yes, it will be.
- Follow up with MFG’s regarding quotes
- Work on packaging and boxing
- Print out connector pieces.
- Oh, and I need a product name.
“When I first started blogging, my future wife often asked about what my goal was. The blogging seemed to double my workload while promising a 5% higher income that didn’t make any real difference in my life. It seemed a silly use of time. I tried explaining that blogging was a system, not a goal. But I never did a good job of it. I’ll try again here.
Writing is a skill that requires practice. So the first part of my system involves practicing on a regular basis. I didn’t know what I was practicing for, exactly, and that’s what makes it a system and not a goal. I was moving from a place with low odds (being an out-of-practice writer) to a place of good odds (a well-practiced write with higher visibility). The second part of my blogging system is a sort of R&D for writing. I write on a variety of topics and see which ones get the best response. I also write in different ‘voices’. have my humorously self-depreciating voice, my angry voice, my thoughtful voice, my analytical voice, my half-crazy voice, my offensive voice, and so on. Readers do a good job of telling me what works and what doesn’t.” Scott Adams (Dilbert) in Tools of Titans pg. 263-264.
It’s a system. Boy, do I need to keep writing more. I also need to think of this space as another R&D shop. Work through some ideas to find some gold.