Today it’s easier than ever to start a business. The barriers of entry are low and the cost of running a business can be close to zero. With the advent of communication channels and lean software development processes, choosing a pricing model is more like an everyday chore than a serious task. Most business owners simply chose the pricing model they like and move on. They don’t spend hours agonizing over pricing because they can change it with a click of a button.
This is the nature of the current market. Businesses aren’t afraid to experiment with different pricing models because they know that being agile pays off. There are too many pricing models to choose from, so business owners make quick decisions and then iterate based on the customer feedback.
Of course, this approach toward pricing only works for online businesses. Retail businesses with physical products still have to rely on data and market research to determine their pricing.
This article is intended to explore most popular business pricing models:
Then there are people who are incredibly passionate about their business and believe that they need to hustle to get results. People who live by this philosophy can be found in every city or town. But when you talk to them after years of hustling, you see that their passion was depleted of fuel. They are still the goal-driven go-getters, but in the quest for success, they lost who they truly are. Their goal has replaced who they are as a person.
Business is stressful. No matter which industry or market you operate in, you’re bound to face some obstacles and make a lot of mistakes. However, you can minimize the mistakes by engaging the right people. In the growing phase of business trying to keep up with everything is impossible and you’ll find yourself hiring multiple contractors and teams. Or perhaps, you have an internal team that executes your own projects or deliver projects to clients. No matter, what it is, your business can greatly benefit from project management methodologies. These are specially designed systems that can turn an unmanageable pile of tasks into a perfect melody of order, personal responsibility, motivation, and amazing results.
Project management is a science of managing projects, but in reality, you’re managing people. So, every methodology should be applied carefully. Consider your final goal. Sure, delivering a project is a priority, but if you do that at the expense of people’s motivation and natural levels of productivity, you might end up with a perfect system and profitable project but no team to deliver. Always remember that the key to a faultless project is the balance between the right methodology and the level of happiness of the people.
Also, don’t get too caught up on one methodology. You can mix and match and find the option that works perfectly for your business.
What does it take to make people work better and faster? This question has plagued researchers and business owners for years and it seems that the answer is still yet to be found. It’s natural for humanity to try to improve things. From wheel invention to car engines - it seems that nothing is ever good enough.
There are numerous ways to improve productivity. Online apps can help you track your activities and analyze sleep patterns. Productivity workflows such as “Get Things Done” can relieve the stress of having too many tasks on your list. Lastly, go to YouTube and you’ll see hundreds of free videos from productivity coaches in addition to paid coaching lessons. But while we’re getting better at self-improvement and personal development, employee efficiency is a trickier concept. Unlike personal productivity, workplace efficiency is a sensitive topic, for it involves more than one person - the employee and the boss.
When there are two people involved in the process, conflict of interests is unavoidable. Let's take a deeper look at this conflict.