Using The 4-Hour Workweek to Price Your New Product

One of the things you should give serious thought to in 2019 is how to craft a new product for your business. For many of you, it won’t be “new” at all. Instead, you’ll be transforming a service that already works into a product that sells and scales even better.

But how do you set a price for something like that?

In the following post, I’m going to explain a couple of different ways in which you can start thinking about how to price a new product. I’m also going to run you through an exercise from Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek as I think it’ll help shed some light on how many successful people establish the right pricing for their businesses.

How to Price Your New Product

To start, you have to look at the value of the product.

Let’s say your WordPress maintenance services reduce loading speeds by 1 second, on average. According to case studies aggregated by Hubspot, that could translate to:

An 11% increase in pageviews or 7% increase in conversions.

That’s just proof of how valuable performance optimisation is. That doesn’t even begin to factor in everything included in WordPress care plans. Security monitoring, ongoing edits and SEO-related tasks will only further drive up profits for your clients. So what you charge for your product should be commensurate with that.

But do you know what else should factor into the setting the price of a new product?

Your income and your profit.

This is something Mike Michalowicz talked about on episode #186 of the Agency Mavericks podcast. It’s also something he covers in his book Profit First.

While his formulas help you calculate how much profit and income you’ll earn at a certain rate, I’d suggest you take this a step further.

Use the 4-Hour Workweek to Price Your New Product

I recently started reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. In one of the earlier chapters in the book, he presents the idea that we all need a Dreamline. You can grab a copy of your own worksheet from his website:

4-Hour Workweek Worksheet

It’s this Dreamline that helps reverse-engineer our lives.

Basically, it goes like this:

Step 1: I want to live a certain kind of life and I want to make it a reality within six months. I define this life by the things I want to:

  • Have
  • Be
  • Do

Step 2: I choose the top four things that would make me the happiest and help me live life to the fullest.

Step 3: I assign a cost to each of the four things I’ve chosen. I then break it down to a monthly cost.

Step 4: I run the Dreamline formula.

Cost A + Cost B + Cost C + Cost D + (1.3 x monthly expenses)

4-Hour Workweek Expenses

This is the total monthly income (TMI) needed in order to live the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Step 5: Now, I have to plan out actionable steps that will help me generate that much income each month.

Note: Be mindful of Ferriss’s tip for setting realistic and real dreams for yourself:

“Be sure not to judge or fool yourself. If you really want a Ferrari, don’t put down solving world hunger out of guilt. For some, the dream will be fame, for others fortune or prestige…. If something will improve your feeling of self-worth, put it down.”

To show you how this works, here is the example Dreamline Ferriss created for himself:

Sample Dreamline to Price New Product

Wrap-Up

I’m not saying the Dreamline is the only thing that should dictate how to price your new product. I just don’t want you to forget to factor yourself into the pricing process.

When working out your calculations, consider all angles:

  1. How much income do you make from all services and products combined?
  2. What kind of value can you realistically deliver to your clients?
  3. How much money do you need to live your dream life?

You work with a company like Agency Mavericks because you want to do a better job of running your WordPress business. But you also come here so you can achieve more and finally be able to live the kind of life you’ve always wanted. You can’t do that if you don’t set a vision for it. By having a clear view of what you’re working towards – and a monetary value to assign to it – you can more effectively price your new product (and other services).

If you want more help in setting better fees for your WordPress business, sign up for this free training.

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Suzanne Scacca

Suzanne Scacca

Suzanne Scacca is a freelance copywriter whose work has been featured on WordPress and web design blogs like Elegant Themes, Pagely, and A List Apart. She believes in the power of good quotes, timely statistics, and simple, easy-to-follow language that speaks directly to the pain of the audience.

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