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Using Break-Even Analysis to Multiply Your Profit

Learn how to identify your business's break-even point and gain knowledge on the basic business profit equation.

The significant changes felt by both the largest and smallest businesses in the past two years mandate significant financial reevaluation. For example, a large firm shifting to work from home will face increased inefficiencies (increasing the variable costs of operations) but will save on rents, utilities, and other fixed operating costs. Many smaller firms, such as restaurants and mom-and-pops are working at a different level of operations, trying to discern how to remain profitable in the new economy. Finally, many small businesses are emerging, whose owners need a fundamental understanding of basic financial tools. Break-even analysis is a core element of financial education, and a must-do for anyone operating a business at any size or scale.

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Agenda

What Is Break-Even Analysis?

  • Break Even in Dollars
  • Break Even in Unit Quantity

Fundamental Definitions

  • Sales Price
  • Variable Costs
  • Contribution Margin
  • Gross Margin
  • Fixed Costs
  • Profit = Revenue - Total Costs

Introduction to the Break-Even Formula

Three Simple Examples

  • Manufacturing Example
    • Graphical Illustration
  • Retail Example
    • Graphical Illustration
  • Real Estate Example
    • Graphical Illustration

More Complex Situations

  • Step-Variable Costs
    • Graphical Example
  • Economies of Scale
    • Graphical Example
  • In the Long Run, All Costs Are Variable

Sensitivity Analysis

  • Operational Example (Spreadsheet)
  • Share Price Example (Spreadsheet)

Advanced Topics

  • Impact of Loss Leaders
  • Alternative Processes
  • Targeted Profits
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This course was last revised on September 14, 2021.

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  • AIPB 1.5
     
  • This program is acceptable for 1.5 CPEC(s) towards the CB designation through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
     

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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John A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., MAI

John A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., MAI

Greenfield Advisors LLC

John A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., MAI, FRICS

  • Manages Greenfield Advisors LLC, a Seattle-based consulting firm, as well as ACCRE, a private real estate hedge fund
  • A world-renowned author, lecturer, and business practitioner
  • Author or contributing author to 10 texts on business and over 100 journal and magazine articles, a highly sought-after consultant on bet the firm financial problems
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Product ID: 409043
Published 2021
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