Is it time to productise your service?

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For mosts businesses in the United Kingdom (and beyond) diversifying revenue streams and finding efficient methods to grow can be key to surviving in an ever-changing market landscape. One option that's increasingly gaining traction is productising a service. But what does this mean and is it right for your business?

What does productising your service even mean?

At its core productising a service means turning your bespoke services into standardised products. Instead of providing tailored solutions for each client, you develop a one-size-fits-most offering that can be sold at a fixed price and, often, with a defined scope and timeframe. It's a transformation from a client-driven to a product-driven approach.

Some examples of companies doing this well

  1. Design agencies - Many agencies have begun offering fixed-price design packages for logos, websites, and branding alongside their bespoke services.

  2. Consulting firms - Instead of only offering custom consultations, some consultants provide standardised training packages, audits or workshops.

  3. IT support and solutions - Many IT firms now have ready-made software solutions or support packages tailored to specific industry needs, bypassing the need for custom development.

Things to think about: advantages

  1. Scalability - By standardising your offerings you can serve more clients without a proportionate increase in resources or costs.

  2. Predictable revenue - Fixed price products can lead to more predictable cash flows.

  3. Efficiency - Productised services can often be streamlined, reducing the time spent on sales discussions, scope negotiations and bespoke solution development.

  4. Market appeal - Some customers prefer the simplicity and transparency of knowing what they're getting and at what price.

Things to think about: disadvantages

  1. Less customisation - Your product might not meet the specific needs of all potential clients.

  2. Competition and differentiation - As you're offering a standardised product, others can potentially copy it. It becomes imperative to constantly innovate.

  3. Fixed pricing limitations - While fixed prices can be a boon they also restrict your ability to charge more for complex jobs that might require more resources than anticipated.

Where to start

  1. Market research - Understand your customers' needs. Can they be met with a standardised offering?

  2. Start small - Begin by productising one aspect of your service to test the waters.

  3. Pricing - Decide on a fixed price that covers costs and brings profit but is also attractive to customers.

  4. Promote - Use your existing customer base to promote your new product. Gather feedback and refine.

  5. Keep innovating - The market changes, so ensure that your productised service remains relevant and competitive.


Productising a service can be a game-changer for many businesses offering a path to increased scalability and more predictable revenue. However, it's essential to approach this transformation with a well-thought-out strategy keeping both the advantages and disadvantages in mind. As always, understanding your market and continuously innovating is key to success.