How to Properly Price Your Startup Products

Many entrepreneurs struggle with pricing. They look at their costs, add a profit margin mark-up, and hope that people will buy at that price. When they don’t entrepreneurs resort to discount offers much of which is either ignored or results in developing a very expensive hobby rather than a profitable business.

The proper way to price your products in a competitive marketplace isn’t about adding up your costs and then allowing for a profit margin. It’s not about being the cheapest. To compete solely based on price is a recipe for disaster because once a more valued competitor meets your price your sales will likely grind to a halt.

The simple truth is your market doesn’t care about your costs. All they care about is how they value what you have to offer based on what else is out there – what else can help them solve a problem or achieve a goal of some sort. All they care about is what’s “in it” for them if they buy your type of product and why they are better off buying it from your company rather than your competitor.

As an entrepreneur, you care very much about your costs. To sustain a viable business you have to be profitable. Essentially you and your customer value your products and services through an entirely different perspective.

How do you align the value of your product in the marketplace? Through a very simple 5-step pricing process as follows:

1. Research competitive pricing.

A competitor is whatever product your market is currently using or looking at to solve their problem or meet their burning desire – even if that product or service is completely different from yours. What are the prices of your top 5 competitors?

2. Identify where your product fits in the competitive price range.

Remember, your market doesn’t care about your costs or the time it took you to develop your product. All they care about is how they value it compared to the other products they are considering. Based on the customer benefits and competitive advantages your product offers to the market (not costs or features) where does your product fit in the competitive price range?

3. Run your numbers (costs) to see if you can be profitable at this price.

In addition to your COG (Cost-of-Goods) you have other costs.

In this process determine how many products you’d have to sell each month in order to be profitable and what it will take (costs) to sell that many each month. Is this number realistic? What will it take (marketing costs, etc.) to reach this level of sales volume consistently?What is your burn rate until you reach profitability? Consider the difference between actual cash revenue realized each month and invoiced revenue that won’t be in your bank account until days, weeks or even months later.

4. Are you priced properly within the competitive pricing range?

If you can be profitable at that price then you are likely priced properly. If not, then figure out what advantages you have (or can develop) to justify an increase in price, an increase in the value placed upon your product by the market. Find ways to reduce your costs. Leverage channel sales and visibility partners to help you sell more volume.

5. Are you profitable at a wholesale level of pricing?

If you are selling your product through sales and distribution channels then make sure you can be profitable at the wholesale and distributor level pricing.

When you price your products based on how your market values what you offer you increase the value of your brand and the relationship you have with those you serve.

Narrating the Present – Being in the Now

Sometimes we get lost. In the swirl and whirl of our thoughts. In the energy of our emotions. So lost, we can find ourselves angry, hurt, terrified, bewildered, or worried and out of time, in a memory we React to as if it were real in this very moment, or a prediction of a future that terrifies.

This is our imagination, and in that moment, we are our worst enemy. Because in that getting lost we forget who and where we really are, and what is really true.

This, of course, creates the opposite of inner peace. It creates inner hell, inner war. And to call a truce, we must find a way to raise the white flag of truth and call ourselves back to who and where we truly are. In this present moment.

Being in the present moment tends to have little to do with most of our thinking. It has to do with our ‘being’. And when we’re ‘being’ in the present moment, we become calm, peaceful, happy.

There’s a technique I teach my counseling clients and meditation students. I call it Narrating The Present. Becoming the narrator of what’s happening Right Now.

Here’s how it works…

The body is always in present time. It cannot be otherwise. The mind is seldom fully focused on what’s happening right now. It is mostly regretting the past and dreading the future. When we Narrate the Present we become aware of exactly where it is we are and what it is we’re doing. On a very specific, detailed level. We instruct the inner voice to become the conscious narrator of what is truly going on.

For example, as I’m writing, if I slow down, I can begin to narrate: “My fingers are typing, I am looking at the screen. Now I am breathing in, and now I am breathing out. My fingers are s p e l l i n g the word ‘spelling’, and now I am finishing the sentence and pushing the return key.”

Another example might be when we struggle with our minds when we can’t sleep. We have less distraction than normal in the middle of the night, when we are alone with ourselves and our thinking. So, I might begin by noting, “I am lying on my right side. I am lying in bed and my eyes are closed. Now I am taking a breath in. Now I am letting the breath out. Now I am moving my left arm and touching the pillow with my hand. Now I am adjusting my right foot and breathing in again.”

The more we can slow down and experience where we Are, the quieter and more focused the mind can become. This becomes a kind of moving meditation, because we are bringing our attention specifically to what is happening in the current moment. A very different place than where the mind tends to dwell. We are inviting it to dwell here, to bring ourselves peace and calm.

When we are in the moment, narrating the present, there is nothing to worry about. Because worry is a negative anticipation of a future that has yet to be. And we are simply where we are, observing it and making note, gently and carefully. Mindfully. Right now.

Children’s Birthday Present Ideas

Children’s birthdays are typically celebrated with foods, games, gifts and party themes. One thing that attendees should prepare in a party are gifts. Although giving gifts isn’t mandatory, the essence of the party itself is incomplete without something to offer to the celebrant. For the givers, choosing gifts should not cause any problem because birthday celebrants do not often mind the cost of the gifts they will receive. Rather, children tend to be more interested on the physical look and features underlying a certain thing that can make an interesting birthday gift.

There are some considerations however that needs your attention. Giving gifts especially during a child’s birthday party may vary according to the child’s age. Very common gift ideas are basic children’s stuff like toys, clothing, school supplies and accessories and the like. One of the best thing about children is they seem to be very contented where you can’t find any dissatisfaction as for their early age, they are yet indecisive and not meticulous.

Child’s first birthday party in particular, the gifts should fall under the age category of the child. For 1 year old babies, the gifts are likely to be baby’s clothing, toys, baby bottles and the like. However, these items needs to be extra safer for the child’s usage. As a result, most moms would prefer organic baby supplies which uses pure organic materials that are far more safe and healthier for babies. This can be a ground to delight the parents first instead of the child celebrant itself.

Baby gift baskets are one of the best birthday present idea to commemorate the child’s birthday. There are actually different choices to choose from but a basket filled with adorable baby products and supplies is simply a festive. Lots of items can be placed inside the basket such as clothing, feeding and bathing supplies, toys and even gifts for the parents. The basket however need not to be a typical basket, it could be a laundry basket, buckets, baby bath tub or any container that can hold numerous items. An advantage about the gift basket idea is, this is very easy to make. Containers that are mentioned earlier can be found at home, just add a little bit of creativity…then an adorable gift basket was created.

Of course, the party is not yet over without party favors. Party souvenirs are little things that lets the guests bring something that can remind them of the party. Typically, party favors for a baby’s 1st birthday are bibs, pacifiers, baby bottles filled with candies and chocolates, diapers and the like. Today, there are choices for these items that can be made customized like personalized ones. Parents can be able to monogrammed their baby’s initials or birthday date on the item – making it a special memorabilia for the guests. These items can be found at local specialty baby shop but wider choices are available online such as unique gift ideas that can make a one of a kind gift that guests would sure appreciate and remember over the years.