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Pricing your products: An introduction
Hello readers, today I am going to be writing about ways you can price your products. The pricing of your products will contribute to the success of your business. Prices must be high enough to cover your cost as well as make you profit. Your price must cover your costs if not you will be making losses and you definitely do not want that to happen. Some individuals put a markup on their costs, some use a profit margin, others use similar prices to that of the competitors.
The most popular method used is the profit margin. A situation where profit is calculated as a percentage of the sale price. A 20% profit margin on a sale price of $150 will give you $30. If you just have your cost price which we can infer from this is $120. Your sales price will be $120/(100%-20%) . You will get $150, from there you will know your profit will be $30. This is one way to price your products.
The second method you can use is the cost markup, which is a situation whereby you add a fixed percentage to the cost of your products to get your sales figure. For example, a mark up of 25% on a product costs of $100 will give you $25 as your profit, thus your sales price will be $125. This is another method you could use. You should know the difference between the profit margin and the cost mark up.
The third method is the competitive pricing. This is a situation where prices are fixed based on the prices of other competitors. For example if competitors are charging $20 on a small pack of rice, someone using this pricing strategy will also charge $20 for his/her own pack of rice. Competitive pricing is used when it is difficult to differentiate your own products. That is all for today, thank you for reading this article, keep checking my blog regularly, cheers!
Hello readers, today I will be writing about work-life balance. According to businessdictionary.com, work-life balance "is a comfortable state of equilibrium achieved between an employee's primary priorities of their employment position and their private lifestyle." All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, thus, you should find a balance between work and play. Here are some tips to help you achieve it. 1. Do not check your email (work) after working hours, this will help improve the quality of time you spend with your family and friends. Thus, you should not be distracted by work when spending time with your family and friends. 2. When you decide to improve the situation of your work life balance, take it one step at a time. For example if you do not get to spend time in the evenings with your family during the week days due to coming back late from work, you should decide to spend one day a week and gradually increase it to two and then three till you get to spend the…
Hello readers, it has been a while. Hope you did not miss me much, the good news is I am back now. Today, I will be writing about competence. Competence is the ability that enables a company or an individual to deploy its resources effectively. It is neccessary for a company to have a competence target in all its business activities so as to deliver value to its customers. This will help create a competitive advantage for the company. Competencies must provide value to customers. It must be unique or able to develop greatly or be better than that of competitors. New products and services must be able to be developed as a result of the competence. It must be difficult for other competitors to obtain or imitate. Continually producing high quality products can make a company become a market leader (which is a core competence) as it provides a company with a competitive advantage. With high quality, higher prices can be demanded by the company from customers and the company will also be able…