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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071458999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071458993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Cash in on your inventions—before someone else does.

Who are mom inventors? They're people who turned their homemade solutions to everyday problems into incredibly successful products everyone wants, including Baby Einstein™, The Snack Trap™, and the Toss and Chop™. Now Tamara Monosoff, the founder of Mom Inventor's, Inc. and a successful inventor herself, gives you the expert advice you need to create and sell your own products from home.

The Mom Inventors Handbook is her official guide for enterprising women who have the ideas but not the experience in creating a product and getting it to market. If you think the world is ready for your great idea, then this book will explain, in simple steps, how you can:

  • Create prototypes and watch your vision come to life
  • Safeguard your products, including patent information
  • Identify funding for your business
  • Locate reliable distributors and manufacturing sources
  • Market and publicize your product for free
  • Learn from the success stories of other mom inventors
  • Find a company to buy your idea or invention

Moms are natural problem solvers. Chances are you've already had the brainstorm or come up with the gizmo that everyone could use. Make it the next big thing with The Mom Inventors Handbook.

"A superbly practical guide for women inventors, especially those who are also mothers."—Autumn Stanley, author of Mothers and Daughters of Invention

Tamara Monosoff is an award-winning inventor and the founder and CEO of Mom Inventors, Inc. (www.mominventors.com), which helps people working at home to create and sell their products. She has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and other national shows, and in The Wall Street Journal, Time, People, and the London Times.

About the Author

Tamara Monosoff is an award-winning inventor and the founder and CEO of Mom Inventors, Inc. (www.mominventors.com), which helps people working at home to create and sell their products. She has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and other national shows, and in The Wall Street Journal, Time, People, and the London Times.


More About the Author

Tamara Monosoff is a social entrepreneur, mentor, best-selling business author, inventor, speaker, and leading voice for women in business. She is the Founder & CEO of TamaraMonosoff.com a mentoring website for product entrepreneurs. Her popular Power Mentoring Classes are loved by her students and are known to accelerate their success. Read about upcoming programs here: http://www.TamaraMonosoff.com/mentoring. You'll also hear first-hand what her mentees say about their experiences of participating in her classes.

She founded the globally recognized Mom Invented® consumer brand. She is a former Clinton White House Advisor and U.S. Department of Education Chief
of Staff for Adult Education.

Tamara has written six business books for entrepreneurs:

* The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing (2nd ed.) was launched by McGraw-Hill in 2014
* In May 2013, Tamara launched a new product evaluation system (book, workbook & online video tutorials); How Hot is Your Product? Find Out if Your Product Idea Will Make or Cost You Money!
* Your Million Dollar Dream: Regain Control & Be Your Own Boss hit #1 in Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Home-Based Businesses on Amazon on the date of its launch May 2010. (McGraw-Hill)
* The One Page Business Plan for Women in Business co-authored with Jim Horan launched January 2010.
* Secrets of Millionaire Moms: Learn How They Turned Great Ideas into Booming Businesses - and How You Can Too! hit bookstores globally May 2007. (McGraw-Hill)
* The Mom Inventors Handbook: How to Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing was launched by McGraw-Hill in 2005.

In the Media Spotlight:

Tamara has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including; the Wall Street Journal (front page), New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New Yorker, TIME, PEOPLE, US NEWS & WORLD REPORT and OPRAH Magazines. She has appeared on NBC's Nightly News, NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN News LIVE, CNNfn and CNNMoney.


Honors include:

Working Mother magazine's "Hero of the Month" and Forbes 100 Top Websites for Women.

Prior to founding Mom Invented®, she served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Communications Associate for the President's Initiative on Race at the White House, Education Director for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, and Chief of Staff for the Office of Vocational and Adult
Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Tamara is a frequent speaker on Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Marketing & Social Media, Product Development, Innovation & Creativity, and Women & Leadership. She holds a Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.) in International & Multicultural Education with a specialization in Women in Leadership from the University of San Francisco.

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Very informative, well written and organized.
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Mom inventors wanting more info on what's involved in bringing a product to market will want to read this book.
Ann Douglas
The book is FULL of helpful examples, websites, and addresses.
Lori from New York

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mom inventors wanting more info on what's involved in bringing a product to market will want to read this book. The book offers practical advice on researching your market, creating your product prototype, protecting your idea, manufacturing your product, and bringing your product to market.

What I like best about the book is that it features case studies and practical advice from real-life mom inventors.

There are also lots of helpful website links and other helpful resources at the back of the book -- very helpful for mom inventors who wish to do some additional research.

This is a terrific and inspiring book that will be very helpful to mom inventors at any stage of bringing an invention to market -- conception right through delivery.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gerri Detweiler on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Mom Inventor's Handbook is a very detailed, hands on guide for taking an invention from idea to reality. There are several things I believe make it so useful: it's relevant and recent (no outdated advice here), it's based on real-world experience from an inventor and the others she has mentored, and it offers myriad resources to implement her advice. The examples of moms who have had success also make it inspirational.

I also liked how the author uses examples that clearly illustrate what she is advising. For examples, she gives before and after pictures of the packaging design for her invention, the TP Saver when illustrating design elements.

I interviewed the author about the book on my Internet radio show, EverydayWealthRadio, and found her to be very knowledgeable. If you've been thinking of inventing a product, this is a book you must have.
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I launched a new product line several years ago - learning a lot along the way. I am getting ready to launch a new line of products and decided to read this book. It was a tremendous resource! So many of the answers that I had to dig for and learn the hard (and expensive) way - are contained here in one easy to read book. I highly endorse it. It is also very motivational (as you read the stories of other people) that decided to take action and turn their idea into a successful business. Well worth the price. Very well written.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Auld on July 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Tamara works her way though all the steps for bringing a product to market. As the title would suggest her target audience is female but as a male I also found that it was very informative. She presents examples from her own work as well as that of others helping to show how varied and simple products really can be.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BOCA BETH on November 18, 2005
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This book does it all for anyone wanting to create/invent a product that they hope to bring to market. Tamara shares in a very easy-to-read format her experiences, her expertise and saves the rest of us lots of time, energy and money. Her mistakes made along the way combined with her successes that continue to grow provide the reader with a wealth of knowledge about researching, developing, patenting, protecting, marketing (and more!) an idea/invention.

Pair this with the CD sets created by her dynamic and resourceful company mominventors.com, and you will walk away with knowledge you could not even get in business school! I wish I had read this three years ago when I first started my product line development. Thanks Tamara for sharing so freely and so generously to save the rest of us time and money!!!

Beth Butler

Creator of the BOCA BETH Program
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tracy R. Stegman on October 10, 2005
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I am not a mom so at first I was a little hesitant to buy this book - boy am I glad that I did! I was just looking for an overview on all the steps required in designing a product and getting it into the market place. Seldom, if ever have I been so satisfied that an author comes through with a book that is clear, concise, informative, thorough, full of information, resources and real life examples. I thought this book was WONDERFUL!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mel "Supernova" on August 30, 2005
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I was greatly inspired & moved just from reading a few pages from this book. I honestly thanked God today for using people like Tamara Monosoff to reach people like me. My name is Marlena Martin of TX and I searched through countless bookstores for a book that could give me tips on how to go about with distribution, guideance & tips about starting an home based buisness. The moment I pulled this book off the shelf was one of the greatest & wisest desicions of my life. This book reads with ease, it actually gave me confidence & inspired to to go ahead & move forward with my idea. There's a line in this book that actually gave me chills. I cannot paraphase it but it basically said, if you create an idea with your mind, you are therefore an inventor. Never in a millions years have I seen myself as an inventor but at the precise moment, the wheels began spinning in my brain & though I do not feel like Albert Einstein, I do feel like a contributor to the scientific field. If you are an busy mom who "just like me" came up with a wonderful idea (invention) & would like to share your idea with the world. If you want to get started and learn what it's going to take. READ THIS BOOK, it will be money well worth spent. I value it and cannot imagine life without it. Much success to the author, thank you for inspiring busy mom's like me.
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