Recent Articles

Definition of Contribution Margin

Contribution margin is a core business concept and is often used in cost accounting to identify the amount of financial contribution a sold product provides to the company. Simply put, contribution margin is the sales price less the direct costs (sometimes referred to as variable costs).

Marginal Revenue in Business

02/03/2015

The scholarly definition and reality are two different perspectives.  The student is taught that marginal revenue equals the additional dollars generated for an additional single unit of sales.  It is literally taken right down to the micro [...]

Fixed Costs – Explanation and Examples

02/19/2014

‘Fixed costs’ is a business term used mostly in cost accounting.  It has several meanings based on its usage.  The most common definition associated with fixed costs is expenses that must be paid regardless of production or sales volume.  The [...]

Alcohol Costs – Monitor Closely

01/26/2014

In the restaurant business, alcohol is the single best margin generator.   If you are going to have a profit, this is where the money is made.  As an owner, you need to understand the value of alcohol sales and the associated costs.  This aspect [...]

Definition of Contribution Margin

04/06/2013

Contribution margin is a core business concept and is often used in cost accounting to identify the amount of financial contribution a sold product provides to the company.  Simply put, contribution margin is the sales price less the direct costs [...]

The Cost of One Putt

11/21/2012

“That was ugly” quipped by brother. “Good thing you’re not a pro, your family would starve” remarks another brother. My playing partner just sneers at me. Another typical round of golf with family and as usual, I missed that dreaded 2 [...]