How many items do you need to sell before you start making a profit?
In business, your ultimate objective is to make money. So, when you launch a new product or purchase a new piece of equipment, how do you know whether a potential investment will at least cover the costs associated with it?
You can simply make a wish and hope it all works out – or you can evaluate the project more formally to see if it makes financial sense. One way of doing this is to complete a Break-even Analysis to determine the Break-even Point, the level of output at which the revenues generated by a project equal costs. At the Break-even Point, you don't make or lose money. Once you pass Break-even, you make money; below it, you lose it.
Using a Break-even Analysis, you can answer questions like these:
"When I started using Mind Tools, I was not in a supervisory position. Now I am. Along with that came a 12% increase in salary." – Pat Degan, Houston, USA
This ensures that you don’t lose your plan.
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