5 steps to pricing for profit in your trade business

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you’re unsure of how to price your trade business’s products and services. You’re not alone. Pricing for profit relies on how much you understand about your target market and their behaviour. It’s also about emotion and perception.

Here are some steps to help you navigate your way around setting your pricing:

Step 1. You need a clear revenue goal

This is a necessary piece of your pricing puzzle. You should look at it every year, or quarterly, or even monthly. No matter what phase of business you’re in, you need to know exactly the amount you plan to (and can realistically) do in sales.

Example: “I want to sell $10,000 a month in residential work.”
If your pricing model isn’t viable at $X price point, but you know the market won’t pay $XX, then you need to re-evaluate.

Step 2. Understand your true cost of goods + business

Your revenue goal will require you to look more deeply at your actual costs.

Example: You’ve got your $X price point which means, to reach your $10,000 a month revenue goal (example from above) you’ll need to sell X amount.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What is your tools and inventory investment?
  • Logistics, and tax cost?
  • What are your warehousing or office costs?
  • Don’t forget about marketing costs
  • Everything that is included in your total cost to do business

Step 3. Understand your market

You’ve got a bold revenue goal, figured out how much you need to sell each month, and have worked out your actual costs to do business. Next, it’s time to look at your market perceptions and analyse how they fit into your pricing puzzle.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you understand what people think (not what you think)?
  • Do you know what they think is valuable?
  • Do you know what they are willing to pay for?
  • What’s their value point?
  • Do they see the value you put into this service?

Step 4. Test your market

Market testing should not be costly or lengthy. When you test your market, this should help you more easily clarify your top selling points, and your value perception of your brand and trade business.

Step 5. Get to know your competition

Understand your competition across all mediums. Understand where the dollars are being spent in your marketplace and work out where your trade business falls in this mix.

Question to consider:

  • Should you undercut your competition and make your pricing cheaper or value add to increase the perceived value of your product/service?

Setting your pricing can be quite an involved process. It requires clear goals and a clear understanding of the marketplace. If done properly, it will ensure that you create realistic, profitable pricing that will instantly up your revenue.

Interested in learning more about pricing for profit?

     What’s next?

  1. Join our Kick-Ass Tradies Facebook Group, for access to trade business specific conversations, tips and resources, plus a like-minded community of tradies.
  2. Book a 15-minute Game Plan Call with Andy, owner of Dr. DRiP plumbing and co-founder of Lifestyle Tradie, to clarify your priorities and get clear action steps.