How to price your services

How to Price Your Services as a Service Based Boss

As a service provider, pricing can be such a head trip. For many of us, we take it way too personally. Figuring out how to price your services can wind us into a giant ball of stress.

Plus, it can be flat out confusing. Some people charge $100 for something that someone else charges $1000 for, and it’s hard to understand the reasons why prices vary so dramatically.

Your pricing strategy doesn’t have to be stressful or feel overly personal when you understand the basics of pricing strategy. Most importantly, nailing your pricing is one of the easiest ways for you to grow your business as a service provider and make more money.

Here are three things to consider when creating your pricing strategy:

#1. Understand the Value You Deliver

You can’t set a price or sell anything if you aren’t able to articulate the value you deliver.

People’s willingness to pay is proportionate to how much pain they’re in. You need to be able to articulate clearly how you can help them solve whatever problem they’re having. If they aren’t clear on how you can help solve their problem, they’re not going to pay you!

Many times we struggle with what our value proposition is or we simply sell ourselves short as we don’t think we’re good enough. We tell ourselves stories about how much we should charge or what we actually do for our clients.

If you want to price things in a way that’s profitable, you need to nail down the value you deliver.

Ask yourself:

  • What results do I deliver to my clients?
  • How do these results help them succeed?
  • What results am I really delivering?

Once you can answer those three questions, you’re on your way to creating your pricing strategy as you’ll be able to articulate your value.

#2. Consider Your Market

The second element of your pricing strategy is the market. This can be a heady topic, so I’m going to share some examples for you.

First, a few questions to consider:

  • Who is, and how many are, willing and able to purchase your service?
  • How saturated is the market?
  • What is the range of pricing in your industry? What is your position in the market?

Running a business relies on you having a supply of clients that are willing to pay for your services. If there are very few people who do what you do and your services are in demand, you can charge a premium without having to differentiate too much.

Conversely, if there are a lot of people who offer what you offer and very few people looking for the service, you can still charge a premium, but you have to position yourself as fundamentally different than your competition.

To figure this out, you have to do some research specific to your industry.

Let’s say you’re a bookkeeper. There are lots of bookkeepers and lots of people looking for bookkeepers. But you want to charge a premium because you’re highly experienced and are actually able to do things other bookkeepers aren’t.

If you do some research, you can figure out that if you do bookkeeping for a specific niche, like law firms, then you can charge more because you are positioning yourself as THE EXPERT when it comes to bookkeeping for lawyers.

#3. Your Pricing Model

The last piece of pricing strategy — but arguably one of the most critical — is your pricing model.

You need to spend some time figuring out what makes the most sense for you when pricing your services.

Usually with services, we see people charging by the hour, which isn’t entirely wrong, but it can create a cap on your income.

When you’re offering services, you’re trading time for dollars no matter what you’re doing — so please, please don’t get stuck here.

Your goal should be to look at how you can give yourself a raise by considering project pricing with a flat rate. That will factor in a higher hourly rate and help you grow your income.

If you’re a total pro and your skills are in demand, you can take your project pricing to the next level with value-based pricing. If you know your service generates X or Y, you can command those types of prices.

Take Action

If you feel like your pricing could use a check-up, it probably can. Your pricing is hands down the easiest way to start bringing in more money without doing anything drastic.

Set aside some time in the next few days to research your market and take a look at your current prices vs. what you find. Then, take steps to increase your prices with both your current clients, and your new ones.

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