Nonprofit co-founder and activist. None are free until all are free. Over 7 years experience managing small teams remotely using GSuite and free software only.
In 2017 I co-founded a nonprofit focused on the niche area of immigrant and tenant's rights. In 2019 I became the Executive Director of a nonprofit offering services to young women who's programs I had participated in while in high school. These unique nonprofits have different needs and are at extremely different stages in their development. I want to take on you on a step-by-step journey to access your programs and how you can communicate your successes to your financial supporters.
Starting a business in GA is super simple and can be done at low cost without any prior business experience. I can point you in the right direction on how to register your business and where to access your necessary licenses & permits. If you're starting a nonprofit I can even show you the necessary steps to take with the IRS as well to register for your 501c3 status.
I worked for a small logistics company that was developing a proprietary database which was to be packaged like a product. So as the head of HR I ended up doing the research on Trademarks & Patenting.
To answer your question if you have a unique product or a unique take on a product you SHOULD patent it. Ultimately the Patent & Trademark Office will determine if the product is unique enough in its category to approve your patent. I recommend making a few distinct versions even if the differences across systems/products are minimal. If your product is distinct enough to get through the Patent Office but somehow not distinct enough according to the Maker of the original product they might try and sue you. I recommend looking at the slight patent differences between vacuums, mops, and kitchen appliances. There are hundreds of versions of these products on the market and even accessory products. So maybe you could take a product and think of an attachment that could compliment the generic version of the product. Think of changes like the ones you see in those patents to alter the product you're interested in and it should be unique enough to be considered it's own product.
There are lots of free tools available to help you draft your Patent application if you're worried about that. I've popped a few into a PDF which you can find using this shortened link https://bit.ly/3hDzZGf