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Margin

Margin is term commonly used in calculating the percentage of profit on sales. It sometimes gets misused in calculating markup on costs.

Project Reports – Introduction

06/09/2015

There are basically three groups of financial based project reports.  Each set has its own priorities and purposes.  Project reports are a function of production reporting with the exception of the balance sheet set (commonly used for cash flow [...]

Margins in Construction

05/06/2015

I’ve been asked to identify the average margins in the construction industry.  Honestly, there is no such thing.   I tried and after several hours of research I couldn’t even get one of the types of contractors to have consistency in their [...]

Carpet Cleaning Service – Margins and Expenses

03/27/2015

A very common small business in the service industry is the carpet cleaner.  Many owners of such businesses desire to know the margins and of course the associated operating expenses involved.  This article addresses these two questions and I’ll [...]

Types of Business Models

02/24/2015

In business there are four distinct business models.  Just about any business can be identified with one of the four.  The following are the four types of business models: Low-Volume, Hi-Margin Hi-Volume, Hi-Margin Low-Volume, Low-Margin [...]

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 [...]

What is ‘Cost of Goods Sold’?

12/20/2012

Simply put, ‘cost of goods sold’ equals the direct costs of materials, human resources, and equipment needed to produce the item sold.  However, this can be confusing because there are many marginal cost items that affect the real cost of [...]

What is the Difference between Markup and Margin?

12/08/2012

Mark Up Calculator It is amazing how one simple formula can be so confusing to the average business owner.  The formula is markup.  It is defined as the dollar amount or percentage of the cost of the item added to the item to equal its sales [...]