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How to calculate your Break Even Point.

The Break Even Point is a crucial measurement for business and is often over looked.

Your Break Even Point is essentially:

1.    The point of zero profit and loss, i.e., where the revenue equals the costs; or
2.    The amount of money you are required to earn (your sales) that will cover all of your out goings.


Your Break Even Point can be calculated as follows:

Fixed Expenses / ((Revenue – Cost Of Goods Sold) / Revenue)

Revenue less Cost of Goods Sold will also calculate your Contribution Margin.  The total Contribution Margin will show how much a business has to contribute to its fixed costs.

The lower you can keep your Fixed Costs / Overheads the lower your Break Even Point will be.

Typical examples of Fixed Costs include:

  • Insurance
  • Rent 
  • Office expenses
  • Light and Power
  • Administrative salaries
  • Depreciation and Amortisation

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