Learn How To Take What Looks Like A ďPunyĒ

$Profit/Search Into A Healthy $$Profit/Search!

 

How many times have you been pushed out of a competitive situation because you didnít feel you could compete on price

 

There is no reason you canít be competitive at just about any price level and still make a handsome profit.Your standard retail price for a county criminal search is probably in the $12-$15.00 range. Your average cost is probably around $5.00, all depending on volume and how much work you do yourself vs. outsourcing to those all-important wholesalers.

 

Letís say you get into a competitive bid that drives the price down to a $7.00 level.Is this still worthwhile?Well, sure it is.Even if you can only make $2.00 on each search, why not make $2.00?Not worth it, you say?Look deeper.You can achieve much more than a $2.00 margin because the larger volume can get you lower costs.You can turn what looks like a ďpunyĒ $2.00 profit/search into a healthy $14.00 profit/search.

 

What?I can sell it for $7.00 and earn $14.00 on each search??????????????

 

Yes!, when you have your own network of direct sources.And, let me emphasize, this is not the correct path for everyone.But, by doing so, you can get your average data acquisition cost down under $2.00 per county (and that includes still doing a lot of volume through a wholesaler).But you need volume to achieve or even beat this $2.00 target.

 

Still confused?Look at the following example.

 

Lets say you are doing 30,000 county criminal searches per year and selling half at $15.00 retail and the other half at $12.00. With your $5.00 cost per search, your profit (actually your Gross Margin) for this piece of the business is $255,000.

 

Now you add a new client who generates 10,000 additional county criminal searches a year, but to get this volume you have to cut your price to $7.00 each.Bad idea? Not hardly!

 

If you leverage the additional volume to obtain less expensive sourcing, your gross margin per new search will, with only a $3.00 reduction in the average cost per search, jump to $14.00.

 

Huh?How can I get a gross margin of $14 per search if I am selling the search for $7.00?Well, letís take a look:

 

Current Customer Base

 

 

 

 

Clients

Volume

Retail

Old Cost

 

Profit/search

Total profit

A-M

15000

$††† 15.00

$††††† 5.00

 

$†††††††††††††† 10.00

$†††††††††† 150,000

N-W

15000

$††† 12.00

$††††† 5.00

 

$†††††††††††††††† 7.00

$†††††††††† 105,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Profit from existing clients

 

 

$†††††††††† 255,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a New High Volume Client

 

 

 

Clients

Volume

Retail

 

New Cost

Profit/search

Total profit

A-M

15000

$††† 15.00

 

$††††† 2.00

$†††††††††††††† 13.00

$†††††††††† 195,000

N-W

15000

$††† 12.00

 

$††††† 2.00

$†††††††††††††† 10.00

$†††††††††† 150,000

 

Total Profit from Old Customers at New Cost

 

$†††††††††† 345,000

New

10000

$††††† 7.00

 

$††††† 2.00

$†††††††††††††††† 5.00

$†††††††††††† 50,000

 

Total Profit from All Customers at New Cost

 

$†††††††††† 395,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incremental Profit from all customers

 

$†††††††††† 140,000

 

Value per search from new customer

 

$†††††††††††††† 14.00

 

 

So, because this incremental volume allowed you the leverage to get better costs, your incremental profit attributable to this one new volume customer is $140,000 or an extra $14.00 earned for each of the 10,000 extra searches.

 

The amazing power of volume.Sell a search for $7.00 and earn $14.00.

 

To obtain your free copy of this spreadsheet formula so can put in your own numbers or to get more information on reducing your costs, call Asysha Hogan at Berg Consulting Group, 561-712-1277, ext 3#

 

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