1.KNOW THE MARKET
You need to find out how much customers will pay, as well as how much competitors charge. You can then decide whether to match or beat them. Simply matching a price is dangerous, though – you need to be sure all your costs – both direct and indirect – are covered.
2.CHOOSE THE BEST PRICING TECHNIQUE
Cost-plus pricing involves adding a mark-up percentage to costs; this will vary between products, businesses and sectors. Value-based pricing is determined by how much value your customers attach to your product. Decide what your pricing strategy is before making a calculation.
3.WORK OUT THE COST
Include all direct costs, including money spent developing a product or service. Then calculate your variable costs (for materials, packaging and so on) – the more you make or sell, the higher these will be. Work out what percentage of your fixed costs (overheads such as rent, rates and wages) the product needs to cover. Add all of these costs together and divide by volume to produce a unit break-even figure.
4.CONSIDER COST- PLUS PRICING
You will need to add a margin or mark-up to your break-even point. This is usually expressed as a percentage of break-even. Industry norms, experience or market knowledge will help you decide the level of mark-up. If the price looks too high, trim your costs and reduce the price accordingly. Be aware of the limitations of cost-plus pricing, because it works on the assumption you will sell all units. If you don’t, your profit is lower.
5.SET A VALUE-BASED PRICE
You’ll need to know your market well to set a value-based price. For example, the cost to bring a hairdryer to market might be £10. But you might be able to charge customers £25 if this is the market value.
6.THINK ABOUT FACTORS
How will charging VAT have an impact on price? Can you keep margins modest on some products in order to achieve higher margin sales on others? You might need to calculate different prices for different territories, markets or sales you make online. Do you need to allow for possible late payment by customers? Consider your payment terms and keep an eye on your cash flow.
7.STAY ON YOUR TOES
Prices can seldom be fixed for long. Your costs, customers and competitors can change, so you will have to shift your prices to keep up with the market. Keep an eye on what’s going on and talk to your customers regularly to make sure your prices remain optimal.
One of the most simple ways to price your product is called cost-plus pricing. Cost-based pricing involves calculating the total costs it takes to make your product, then adding a percentage markup to determine the final price.
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