Each month, new tech products and gadgets drop that take consumers by storm, from flagship phone models to smart watches. Quite simply, there has never been a better time in human history to be a fan of tech, as there’s an abundance of riches to choose from.
However, people aren’t just fans of buying the latest tech products. Oh, no – people love to get creative with their own hands, too. That’s right: DIY tech at home is incredibly popular, so much so that millions of people now make their own products. Notably, this isn’t a practice limited to experts and electrical engineering students, all kinds of people can enjoy DIY tech at home. You can be a total beginner and still have fun making your own products (even if they’re only basic creations). Remember, the more you practice and create, the better you’ll become.
So, keep reading if you want to learn some tips on how to make and sell your own products through the magic of DIY.
Part 1: Making your products
Let’s start by looking at how to make your own products.
Have a high-quality transistor kit
First, you need an electronics kit before you get to work on making your projects. An electronics kit – at the minimum – should include:
Notably, some creators and hobbyists have dedicated transistor kits, as there are many different types of transistors you can get, from bipolar junction transistors to metal oxide field effect transistors. Ultimately, the wide range of transistors on the market mean it’s a smart decision to stock a variety of transistors in your kit, so that prototyping products is a lot easier.
Visualize and design the product
Once you have your kit (or kits) ready, you should visualize and design your product. You can do this digitally or manually on paper.
It’s important to realize that this process – more often than not – takes longer than the building process. Remember, good design is essential, no matter how long it takes.
Make a prototype
Next, you can build a prototype of your project (like Elon Musk and his humanoid robot!). Whether it’s an LED light or a color-changing phone stand, be persistent with your efforts. Remember, it’s only the prototyping stage (so, if mistakes happen, it doesn’t matter!).
Sample your prototype with friends and family
Sampling your prototype with friends and family is a great way to test everything out and get valuable feedback.
Part 2: Build and sell your product
After successful prototyping, you can move on to officially building and selling your products (which are the most fun parts!).
Choose your marketing channels
Marketing your product is important. It’s now the digital age of marketing, which means you need to be smart and efficient with the channels you choose. Ideally, you should look to optimize:
- Your own personal website
- Social media platforms (you can even hire a social media manager)
- SMS and emails
Provide customer service
Customers who buy your products will need access to customer service. You can provide this through an email contact, social media platforms (like Facebook), and your website.
Listen to feedback
Feedback is invaluable, so make sure to take everything on board from customers. You’ll learn and grow from the comments you receive – good or bad.