Not every professional can say they love their job. As an eyelash extension artist, you know you are one of those professionals who loves and takes pride in a job done well. However, one of the most awkward moments you may face as a lash entrepreneur is bumping up your lash prices.

Your clients have been loyal patrons, and you may feel uncomfortable talking numbers with them. However, as a lash business owner, it is only fair to ensure you are leveraging your excellent service, brand value, time, and effort in the best way possible. You need to factor in specific components to ensure you benefit from your business and maintain your work-life balance. 

Why is it essential to raise your lash prices every year

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The past few years have not been the best for us, and when we are finally inching to a “normal way of life,” inflation is hitting many small businesses. To stay ahead of your finances and avoid any arrears, increase your prices yearly to make your lash business profitable. Remember, what sets you apart as a small business owner is that you are passionate about what you do and have direct contact with your clientele.

Unlike big businesses, you will be surprised how your customers may be more understanding towards your price changes because there is a sense of community in supporting local businesses. Increasing your lash prices also means you value the exceptional service you provide to your clients and are confident in your skills. 

When to increase your lash salon's price?

The biggest fear most lash artists face is increasing their prices, wondering if that will make them lose their clients. This will require you to do research and gather some data. Start with assessing your business. Are you working out of hours to fit in your clientele? Have your operating costs increased? Are you working on improving your brand value? Are you planning to hire new staff?

Create a list of the eyelash extension services and products you sell and compare them with your competitors’ prices in your area. It is also worth noting which time of the year you want to increase your prices. For instance, tax time can be stressful for your clients to deal with your price increase; however, tax return time or Christmas time can be ideal times to do it as it will be easier to accept the changes. 

How much to increase?

Lash Artists need to know how much to increase their lash prices

In marketing, perceived value is what customers think of your product or service and how much they are willing to pay. Based on this theory, you don’t want to undervalue your services by charging less; however, you don’t want to lose them by overcharging them, ensuring your price increase is in line with what is reasonable and achievable.

Round up your company costs and calculate your annual profit to give you more clarity in understanding where your business stands. In addition, calculating your annual growth rate will help you detect and analyze sales trends. 

The formula to analyze your growth rate = ending value/beginning value -1

For example, if you invested $10,000 in your lash business at the beginning of the year, and at the end of the year, your lash business is valued at $10500. Therefore, you divide your ending value by the starting value. 

10500/10000= 1.05.

Subtract 1 from 1.05 to get 0.05, equivalent to 5%, when the decimal numbers are converted into a percentage.

Based on your annual growth last year, you will have to decide how much profit you aim to make the following year. In this scenario, you should double up your profit margin, so an increase of 10% in your services can be easily applicable. 

Ways to increase your lash salon prices

The price increase can be done more innovatively. Research says that the human brain is more likely to recall even numbers than odd numbers; for instance, if you charge a set of classic lashes at $80, increase the price by $3, $7, or $9 instead of jumping to $90. They may get more affected by the jump of $80 to $90 instead of $80 to $87.

It is ideal to let your lash clients know in advance if you are raising your prices. You don’t need to do a huge song and dance, but even mentioning the price raise to them at their appointment is a respectful way to keep clients in the know. If your client questions the rise, it is best to smile and confidently tell why you have increased the price.

It is also wise to test the waters one service at a time. This strategy is called price cycling, where you raise and increase the price for one part of your service. The demand for that service before and after the price increase announcement would be worth noting.

After a while, you can introduce the next part of your price increase strategy to ensure that your clients don’t feel affected by your new pricing all at once if they have booked for two or more different services. 

The aftermath

Loyal clients will not leave your lash salon because of price increase

The price increase can disproportionately impact your clients and your business, and you need to be ready to deal with the challenges. Don’t feel disheartened if you lose clients during this process. This means you are keeping the clients that should matter to your business.

Loyal clients who value your services and skills will stay, which means you spend less time working and more time earning money. As a lash artist, your focus should be to hone your skillset, provide the best to your clients, and grow your business. Remember knowing and valuing the worth of your eyelash extension skills, services, and business will eventually grow your clientele. 

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