Making money is the bottom line of every business both figuratively and literally. It's not as simple as setting up a financial plan that puts you in the black every month. You need to be able to listen to customers, track production costs, monitor inventory and maintain good relationships with other local business owners. If you should happen to step on someone's toes in the finance realm, you could be in for a retail war.

What's it worth

Everyone feels like their product or service is the best there is, but not everyone may agree on what you want to charge for it. In order to make sure you aren't cheating yourself out of a profit or overcharging customers in a way that's likely to turn them away from your company in the future, the art of simple math is the only thing you need.

By Bloggers wrote a very quick and easy equation for determining what it should cost someone versus how much it should cost you to make. Add together your advertising and distribution costs with how much it costs you to make the item, then divide by the number of products sold and the amount left after subtracting your production. These variables will be different for every business and product, but the source advised that there are also market and district elements that can affect the way you come up with a price point.

Identifying problems

A purely logical approach to pricing can still lead to complications down the line, both in profits and neighborhood friendliness. If you're offering the same item or service at the same price as a nearby competitor, chances are they won't appreciate it, so analyzing the market is crucial before putting an item on the shelf.

Biz Filings also wrote that a number of other things can impact the way a item is priced. The product life cycle and market elasticity of a certain item can give you more leeway or handicap your ability to sell. Things that can sit on the shelf longer could be marked up slightly, as they will outlast consumer indecision, but timed products will not be able to hold up to the same test.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to be aware of, though, is customer preference. If people are unwilling to pay for a product, even if it's reasonably priced, it may be more to do with the item itself.