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How to Get Your Product to Market: A guide to design, manufacturing, marketing and selling by Louise Guinda

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Chapter 3: Manufacturing and Prototypes

After coming up with your idea, naturally one of the first things to think about is what your product will be made from and who will make it.

Some products, particularly those that are sewn or made from fabric, may never need any professional design help. Maybe you have already started off making and selling your designs by yourself. My first product, the Cot Wrap, fell into this category. I sourced the fabric from a supplier in China and had a local seamstress sew up a prototype, which I then took along to a trade show.

While this is fine for selling small-scale directly to customers through Etsy or at craft fairs, if you are going to supply a major retailer you will have to outsource manufacturing ...

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