Finance / July 19, 2018 / Emmalynn Leach
The basic idea behind doing a break-even analysis is to calculate the point at which revenues begin to exceed costs. To do this, one must first separate a company's costs into those that are variable and those that are fixed. Fixed costs are costs that do not change with the quantity of output and they are not zero when production is zero. Examples of fixed cost include rent, insurance premiums or loan payments. Variable costs are costs that change with the quantity of output. They are are zero when production is zero. Examples of common variable costs include labor directly involved in a company's manufacturing process and raw materials.
Cash is king when it comes to the financial management of a growing company. The lag between the time you have to pay your suppliers and employees and the time you collect from your customers is the problem, and the solution is cash flow management. At its simplest, cash flow management means delaying outlays of cash as long as possible while encouraging anyone who owes you money to pay it as rapidly as possible.
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