For years I have been to meeting after meeting like this one for Atlanta ASMP chapter and the main topic is usually business practices.
I have written extensively on the subject and realize that all this talk is really to help the artist and not the public. The public doesn’t care any more about how much it costs you to make photos or a video than they do about how sausage is made. If the quality is great and the service then they buy it. They even become repeat customers.
Most everything I see on justifying pricing really has more to do with educating a craftsman who has a skill, but no business sense.
There is always someone cheaper
However, one thing in business that many miss is that there are those who intentionally price their products as high as possible.
The goal is to create the perception that the products must have a higher value than competing products because the prices are higher.
You may think that is wrong, but yet on the flip side when you price low you diminish the value of your work just as much.
I am a strong proponent of premium pricing for service-based business owners. I think it is better for you as the business owner, and I know it allows you to provide the best possible service to your clients.
You need to understand not just your spread sheets of costs and your time, but the psychology of buying.
No matter what you are selling, buying is actually an emotional decision.
As the service provider you will make a much better living doing your best for your customer and giving them the best service as well as product.
When you do this you must learn to name your products properly to communicate their value. Just as a writer of a good fiction picks the names of their characters you should spend as much time with the name of your product.
Business is more than knowing the “Cost of Doing Business” it is the art and psychology of selling.
Now the biggest flaw to this plan is if your work is the same as others then you will appear to be a commodity and then it is a race to the bottom for pricing.
Learn to be a craftsman of your trade. Learn to be a “service provider” who thinks of everything for your customer.
Go the extra mile
If your product looks the same and your attitude is the same as others, then you will struggle for the rest of your life.