Boost Profits with Smart Pricing Strategies

by Tracey Hrica Jun 18, 2024 | Share

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“Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” — Aldo Gucci

Setting the right prices for your business services is key to making a profit and staying competitive. However, it’s not just about covering costs; it’s about delivering value that clients will appreciate and remember.


The cost of acquiring a new customer is five times more than retaining an existing one, according to research by Invesp, highlighting the importance of pricing strategies that foster customer loyalty.  In addition, research by Nielsen shows that 59% of consumers prefer to buy new products from brands familiar to them, indicating the importance of establishing a strong brand value.

Here are some tips to help you get it right:

Know Your Costs

First, figure out all the costs involved in delivering your services. This includes materials, labor, overhead, and any other expenses. Your prices need to cover these costs and leave room for profit.

Research the Market

Look at what your competitors are charging for similar services in your area. This will give you an idea of the standard rates and help you find ways to stand out based on value, not just price.

Define Your Value

Be clear about what makes your services unique and valuable to clients. Focus on the benefits and outcomes they can expect. This helps justify your pricing.

Choose a Pricing Model

Consider different pricing methods like hourly rates, project-based pricing, retainer fees, subscription models, or value-based pricing.

According to a survey by Simon-Kucher & Partners, companies that use value-based pricing achieve 24% higher margins compared to those that do not. 

Pick the model that fits your business best and is easy for clients to understand.

Include Profit Margin

Make sure your prices cover your costs and include a profit margin. Think about how much profit you want, market demand, and the value clients see in your services.  

The Small Business Administration (SBA) states that the average net profit margin for small businesses in the U.S. is around 7%, emphasizing the importance of effective pricing to maintain profitability.

Offer Tiered Pricing

Provide different pricing options to suit various client needs and budgets. This way, clients can choose what works best for them, and you can cater to a wider audience.

Bundle Services

Create service packages that offer added value. Bundling related services can encourage clients to buy more and increase the total value of each sale. 

A report from Deloitte shows that 60% of customers prefer bundled services as they perceive it to be of better value.

Monitor and Adjust

Keep an eye on how well your pricing strategy is working. Be ready to adjust prices based on changes in costs, market trends, or client feedback. Regular reviews help you stay competitive and profitable.

Communicate Value

Clearly explain the value of your services in your marketing materials, proposals, and sales talks. Show the benefits and outcomes clients can expect to justify your prices.

Provide Great Service

Deliver excellent service to exceed client expectations. Happy clients are more likely to see your services as valuable and worth the price.

In fact, according to a study by PwC, 86% of buyers are willing to pay more for a great customer experience.

By following these strategies, you can set effective prices that boost your profitability, attract clients, and ensure long-term success.


About the Author

Tracey Hrica

Tracey Hrica joined the firm in 1995 as a bookkeeper. In 2012, she earned the designation of Enrolled Agent(EA), which enables her to prepare personal and business tax returns and represent clients before the IRS. To maintain the designation of EA, she must complete yearly continuing education in the areas of personal and business taxation. Working closely with her clients, Tracey’s primary areas of concentration are new client onboarding, client communication, research, and QuickBooks support. As a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she works closely with clients who rely on QuickBooks for the day to day running of their business. Tracey has expertise in both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.

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