I have a business idea that I think will be really good. I’ve checked around and there’s nothing like it in my location, although there is something similar in various parts of the country (and they seem to be pretty successful). I asked an old employer of mine how I should go about doing market research to see if this is a viable idea, and he told me to talk with the potential clients to see if this would be something they’d even be interested in – have a presentation ready along with a sample of the product.
I’m in the process of getting ready to do that, but my concern is that the type of biz it is would be very easy to hijack, especially for the clients – they could actually incorporate this idea into their existing business with little to no extra effort. I’m afraid that if I go in and offer this service, they’ll just say no thanks, turn around and do it in-house.
How can I protect myself?
Oh, and btw, “stoner” – get off the pipe man. I came up with this idea *on my own* – and when I began researching it, I found that there was something *similar* in other parts of the country. So no, “dude,” I didn’t steal it. If you had any brain cells left in your head, you’d see that my *main* problem is that I don’t want to go in and basically hand over an idea that I’ve worked to perfect. Now, git on back to that bong, boy, and leave the hard work to the thinkin’ folk…