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The Financially Simple podcast is your one-stop resource for small business owners. Gain unique insights into growing, refining, and selling businesses. You will hear ways business owners have reduced their tax liabilities, increased their income, improved office morale, saved for the retirement of their dreams, and more.
Host Justin Goodbread is a serial entrepreneur, CFP® (Certified Financial Planning professional), CEPA (Certified Exit Planning Advisor), and CVGA (Certified Value Growth Advisor) with years of experience guiding business owners from start to exit in their business.

Oct 3, 2022

We entrepreneurs have an unbelievable propensity for optimism. When it comes to cutting ties with something familiar, we often face familiarity bias. So, when it’s time to phase out a product or service, we tend to cling to it. Or because it’s familiar to us, we never know the right time to innovate our product or service mix and lose out on opportunities to widen our margins. But, friends, the world of business is a world of change. The economy ebbs and flows, and consumer trends always evolve. And as things change, we business owners have to be adaptable and in constant creation mode.

In this episode, I outline the factors that tell us it’s time to let go of an offer in our business. I explain what the product life cycle is, the characteristics of its different stages, and the variables that impact its phases. I discuss some key considerations we must make before discontinuing a product or service. I also highlight how tracking the profitability of a product or service can help us evaluate if we should discontinue it and underscore how you can effectively communicate to your customers the discontinuation of a product or service.

“When we understand our biases, we can take an objective look at whether or not we should continue a product offering.” - Justin Goodbread

This week on the Financially Simple Experience:

  • Understanding the product life cycle and its four phases
  • Signs that a product has reached its growth and maturity phases
  • Different factors that impact the different phases of a product’s life cycle
  • Tracking the profitability of a product or service
  • How focusing on one product too much can harm your product mix and your business
  • Looking at employee costs and the cost of production
  • A quick and dirty math tip for business owners
  • How highly engaged and motivated employees can increase your profit margins
  • How to make cross-selling opportunities work
  • Considering your product array and the power of cross-selling
  • How products can “cannibalize” others in your product array
  • How to effectively communicate product or service discontinuation to your customers or clients

Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “We could be harming ourselves by chasing an old, dying product or service when we should be focusing on a new one which could make a greater margin for our business.” - Justin Goodbread
  • “As we try to navigate the world of business, we have to look at the offering we deliver to customers and clients. We want an offering that makes clients stick around—that drives profitability, scalability, and the value of our companies.” - Justin Goodbread
  • “The way you communicate a product’s discontinuation drives perception. And, as we say: perception is reality.” - Justin Goodbread

About The Financially Simple Podcast

If you are looking for a podcast that speaks directly to the challenges and puzzles of running a business, you’ve come to the right place. The Financially Simple podcast was built for you. With over 400 episodes and counting, our host Justin Goodbread covers a broad range of topics, from starting a small business, to prepping it for sale, to growing your personal wealth. Justin’s combination of analytical skills, tough love, and a healthy dose of experience delivers practical ideas that will benefit business builders at every stage of their business journey. 

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