Journal Price Calculator: How To Price Your Handmade Journals?

Updated: January 19th, 2023

Journal Price Calculator: How To Price Your Handmade Journals?

How to Calculate The Price For Your Journal

Our calculator is designed to be simple and easy to use. It covers:

  • your base costs of time
  • salary
  • materials

It also allows you to input a desired profit margin on top.

We hope this calculator helps you make more money for your journal brand.

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Learn more about starting a journal brand:

Where to start?

-> How to start a journal brand?
-> How much does it cost to start a journal brand?
-> Pros and cons of a journal brand

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-> Other journal brand success stories
-> Examples of established journal brand
-> Marketing ideas for a journal brand
-> Journal brand slogans
-> Journal brand names

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More Tips On Pricing Your Journal

How To Price Your Journal

One of the most challenging aspects to starting a journal brand is determining how much to charge for your journal.

When businesses under-price their product, this can be extremely detrimental to their bottom line and reputation.

Often times, businesses under-price their products to drive demand and volume, but that last thing you want is for customers to view your product/service as "cheap." Additionally, this can have a big impact on the type of customer you attract, which can be difficult to recover from.

On the other hand, when businesses over-price, this tends to be just as damaging to the business.

When customers buy, it's likely that they will explore the internet and look at other competitors to ensure they're getting the best value + deal. This is why it's so important that you research your competition and understand where you land in the marketplace.

Here are some factors to consider when pricing your product:

Understand your customer

It's important that out of the gates, you identify the type of customer you want to attract and how much they're willing to pay for your service. One great way to do this is by surveying your customers. Here are some important items you'll want to takeaway:

  • Customer demographic: Age, gender, location, etc.
  • Buying habits of your customer: What they buy + when they buy
  • Level of price sensitivity with your customer

All of these segments will help you identify the type of customer you're attracting and how to price your product accordingly.

Understand your costs

When pricing your journal, it's critical that you first identify all of your costs and consequently mark up your journal so you can factor in a profit.

The actual cost of your journal may include things like:

  • The actual cost to make the product (ie. raw materials, supplies, manufacturer).
  • Shipping + overhead fees
  • Rent
  • Operating costs to run your business

You may want to consider creating a spreadsheet with every single expense involved in operating/owning your business. This will give you an idea as to what you need to generate in order to at the very least, break-even and will help you price your products to factor in a profit.

Create revenue goals

When determining the price of your journal, you'll want to create goals for revenue + how much profit you want your journal brand to make.

This process is simpler than you may think:

  1. Think about your breakeven cost (by completing the above step).
  2. Create a revenue goal based on your break-even cost
  3. Evaluate the # of items you plan to sell in a given period (make sure this is a realistic number)
  4. Divide your revenue goal by the number of items you plan to sell

This figure will help determine your estimated price per product in order to meet your revenue goals.

Evaluate your competition

The last piece in determining how to price your journal is by simply looking at your competition.

The best way to do this is by finding like-minded businesses that offer product(s) with similar perceived value. Then, you can compare prices of the different businesses and determine where your journal fits best in the marketplace.

All of these factors play an equal part in pricing your journal, so it's important you evaluate each one individually to come up with an accurate price that will help optimize your business from the start.

Case Study

Lauren Costanza, founder of Bluminary provides us with a detailed spreadsheet of all of her costs associated with running her business:

I knew this would be a self-funded adventure, and I set aside $3,000. During the first three months, I had a detailed spreadsheet where I tracked where the money was going and what was going toward products versus researching and developing new products.

The spreadsheets involved columns and rows of numbers to craft a budget and gain an understanding of how much would need to be invested at each stage of the process - from gathering supplies to building a website, and shipping materials.



Lauren Costanza, on starting Bluminary ($500/month) full story ➜

Examples of a successful journal brand:

. MindJournal ($1.8M/year)

Ollie Aplin (from London, UK) started MindJournal over 7 years ago.

Case Study

Hey! My name is Ollie and I’m the co-founder of MindJournal – a journaling brand for guys.

At the moment I’m working on designing the 3rd edition of our core journal that’s helped over 3,000 guys from all over the world. We’ve helped guys at rock bottom, to entrepreneurs at the top of their game all achieve one thing — feel more in control of their emotions and significantly improve their life satisfaction and self-worth.


. Stone ($1.2M/year)

Stefan Johnson (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Stone over 5 years ago.

Case Study

Fast forward to 2019 and we have launched 6 new products with a further 12 in development, are launching an editorial side of the business and are now average around $40,000 USD per month in revenue with over 45,000 products sold.


. Planner Peace ($270K/year)

Jess Yasuda (from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) started Planner Peace about 8 years ago.

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jess. I’m 34 years old from Tasmania, Australia. I started Chasing Planner Peace back in 2015 when I was pregnant with my third child. Originally we were based on Etsy and only sold planner inserts, however, we’ve now turned into a one-stop planner shop that caters to seasoned “planner addicts” who want to add to their planners, and also planner newbies who love the fact our shop is the only store in Australia you can custom build your own ring planner style planner.

Over the past few years, we’ve really expanded our range to not only offer planners and inserts, but also planner dashboards (beautiful cover pages), dividers, notepads, stationery items and more. We also recently started our subscription box service where every two months customers can receive a “Planner Peace Box” which is full of planner and self-care goodies. We have so many more plans for new products in 2020.


. Saint Belford ($162K/year)

Tom and Alex (from Victoria, Australia) started Saint Belford almost 6 years ago.

Case Study

Much to everyone’s surprise, we turned a profit in our first year achieving a revenue of 43k. In our second year, we almost quadrupled this amount, turning over 160k in less than six months.


. Cinquanta Cox-Smith ($120K/year)

Cinquanta Cox-Smith (from Killeen, TX, USA) started *Cinquanta Cox-Smith * about 14 years ago.

Case Study

Hey, y’all I’m Cinquanta Cox-Smith I hate putting myself in a box, but If I had to explain what I do: I’m a Multipreneur. (Author, Podcaster, and Entrepreneur) I’ve been helping entrepreneurs start an EASY Print On Demand side hustle from anywhere for about 3 years now. I’m originally from a small town in South Carolina called Georgetown. It’s historic in many ways, especially for the Geechee Gullah culture. I’m an Army Veteran and my Husband (Shawn) is an active-duty soldier. We have 2 kids Kyree (15) and Sharye (12). Let’s not forget about our dog ChuChu. He's most definitely the star of this show.

I’ve always felt like this was just a hobby, or I was just making shirts but Print On Demand is so much more than that. It’s helped me create $7,000 in one month selling POD journals on Amazon KDP, it’s helped me land a Magazine Cover with my T-Shirts for Stars & Stripes (American Military Newspaper). It’s helped me teach over 10,000 people how to create passive & residual income from home with just a computer and some wi-fi. Most importantly it’s allowed me the gift of TIME. Time to spend and travel with my family. Once we get further along into this interview. I’ll tell you about how I accidentally started in the Print On Demand industry 12 years ago.


. Dreamfruit ($12K/year)

Elizabeth Russell (from Eugene) started Dreamfruit ago.

Case Study

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth Russell. I’m the creator of the Dreamfruit Almanac for Earthlings, which is a moon-based planner and guided journal that I self-publish each year.

Dreamfruit is a unique project that feels more like a “sacred assignment” than a business. That said, we are in year four and have just completed our first crowdfunding campaign with over 100% community support!


. The Food Diary ($9K/year)

Laura Mulkerne (from Yorkshire, Virginia, USA) started The Food Diary almost 6 years ago.

Case Study

Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m the founder of The Food Diary Co. We currently sell one key product: a food diary for people who want to track their food, symptoms, and wellness. Our diary was originally created for people with digestive and/or chronic illnesses such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBD, Coeliac and more, to better understand their trigger foods and digestive upsets, but it can help anyone better understand the effects of their diet on their overall health.

We’re based and ship from the UK, but we sell our diaries worldwide. In fact, the USA, Canada and Australia are our biggest markets after the UK. The greatest thing about selling this product is connecting with the people who buy it: we share stories of diary users on our blog and social media regularly, and hearing how this diary is helping people all over the world absolutely makes my day.


. PurposeCards ($3.6K/year)

Jared Gold (from Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., USA) started PurposeCards about 4 years ago.

Case Study

Hey there, I’m Jared Gold, and I’m a founder of PurposeCards: daily micro-journaling cards that help you make every day successful. Simply fill out the sun side in the morning, the moon side in the evening, and then store your card in the box behind the “Completed” tab for easy reference later on. They’re the size of a credit card so they’re easy to take anywhere and intentionally minimalist so they’re easy to commit to.

We launched our Kickstarter on March 24th, and as of April 6th, we’ve raised $1,565. We decided to launch right as COVID-19 infections started to accelerate because we figured this product could be very timely (and we wanted to get this out the door ASAP). Therefore, we didn’t have time to build a list or other pre-launch things ahead of time, but we have multiple other marketing initiatives actively going right now, where if a single connection works, it could really make the campaign a massive success (more on that below).


. Seph Crafts ($2.4K/year)

Sephora Thelismon (from Cameron, NC, USA) started Seph Crafts about 3 years ago.

Case Study

My name is Sephora. I am the owner of Seph Crafts. I started my company as a hobby about two years ago and have since transitioned to a full-time business owner during the pandemic.

Initially, it was easy for me to focus only on the bottom line. But the reviews from my clients were priceless and rewarding. I focus more on the quality and client experience. My passion and thoughtfulness show in every planner created. So, for me, it feels good knowing that Seph Crafts planners are great for increasing productivity in someone's everyday life.


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