This Is What You Need To Know Before You Can Price Your Product

Seven steps to get to a proper pricing equation

Joe Procopio

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Pricing a new product is one of the hardest things you’ll do.

I’ve been through pricing decisions that have taken months, only to still get it wrong. It’s been argued to me that it’s easier to raise the price than it is to lower it, and I’ve been told I was crazy for doing the reverse. I’ve missed the mark way too high and way too low, and I’ve stuck by my guns, painfully, until I was proven right.

When you’re pricing a new product, there are a lot of moving parts in the equation. It’s not something you can just whiteboard or throw into a spreadsheet or sit in a room and brainstorm.

Before you price your lemonade, you need to know a lot more than just the cost of the lemons.

Here’s what most folks either miss or do out of order.

Gate 1: COGS

Before you can even think about how much you can sell your product for, whether that product is software, hardware, or sandwiches, you’ll need to know everything there is to know about the direct costs to produce the product itself. This is known as Costs of Goods Sold (COGS).

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Joe Procopio

I'm a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. NLG pioneer. Building TeachingStartup.com & GROWERS. Write at Inc.com and BuiltIn.com. More at joeprocopio.com