Cost of Goods Sold (Term Tuesday)

Cost of Goods Sold aka COGS or Cost of Revenue

1st of all please remember Cost of Goods Sold does not apply to just product based companies if you provide a Service you will have cost of services provided as well!

Definition

  1. Investopedia defines Costs of Goods Sold as “The direct costs attributable to the production of the goods sold by a company. This amount includes the cost of the materials used in creating the good along with the direct labor costs used to produce the good. It excludes indirect expenses such as distribution costs and sales force costs. COGS appears on the income statement and can be deducted from revenue to calculate a company’s gross margin. Also referred to as cost of sales.” http://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/cogs.asp
  2. QuickBooks Help defines Cost of Goods Sold as “The Cost of Goods Sold account is added to your chart of accounts the first time you add an inventory item. QuickBooks uses this account to track how much you paid for goods and materials that were held in inventory and then sold. While an item is held in inventory, its value is tracked in the Inventory Asset account, which is also added to your chart of accounts when you create your first inventory item. As soon as that item is sold using an invoice or sales receipt, its value is taken out of the Inventory Asset account and put into the Cost of Goods Sold account.”

For a service based company a few items that might be included but not limited to in your COGS account could include materials used to provide service, direct labor, subcontracted labor and commissions.

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Here is a link to brief informational video on Cost of Goods Sold by Investopdedia:

http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/what-are-cogs/

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Quick Tip- Shortcut for Writing a Check

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When using QuickBooks there are many shortcut key’s to navigate through screens quickly!  This week Quick Tip is for Writing a Check.

While you are in your Quickbooks Software press and hold the “Crtrl” key followed by the “W” key to open the Check Writing Screen.

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Direct Sellers- Do you know how much you’re earning on your hard work?

Direct Sales Businesses all operate on the same general principle of commissions & bonuses but do you track and understand your commissions and bonus’s or just wait till the end of the month to find out what will be deposited to your account or the check you will receive?  Direct Sales Company’s just like other companies make mistakes but if YOU aren’t keeping track of what you should be making how would you ever know if you were paid incorrectly or if they missed including you on a bonus? This is information you need to know PRIOR to your monthly, weekly, quarterly, or yearly checks!

Knowing what you’re going to make prior to your getting your check is important for many different reasons here are just a few:

  • Budgeting & Planning
  • Are you going to meet your monthly goal?
  • Are you going to miss out on a bonus because of just a few dollars?
  • Setting Goals for upcoming months to grow your business to the next level?
  • Are you working towards an incentive trip?  If so what do you need to sell each month in order to earn to that trip?
  • Can you afford to purchase that next round of sample products or promotional material?
  • Do you make more money on sales or sponsoring new members to your team?
  • Does your inventory need restocked and if so what do you need?

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Accounts Payable aka A/P & Bills (Term Tuesday)

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Accounts Payable aka A/P & Bills

Definition

  • “Any amount owed as the result of a purchase of goods or services on a credit basis. Although a firm making a purchase issues no written promise of payment, it enters the amount owed as a current liability in its accounts. Companies often incur this type of short-term debt in order to finance their inventories, especially in industries where inventory turnover is rapid.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/account%20payable
  • QuickBooks help center defines this account “The record of the outstanding bills of a business. Accounts Payable is called A/P for short. (Even though the word accounts is plural, QuickBooks uses a single account on the chart of accounts to track all outstanding bills.)”

“An account that QuickBooks automatically adds to your chart of accounts the first time you enter a bill. QuickBooks uses this account to track the money your business owes to others. When you enter a new bill, or pay off outstanding bills, QuickBooks records the transaction in the register for your Accounts Payable account.”

“Your chart of accounts lists the type of this account as “Accounts Payable.” If you need to use more than one of this type of account in your business, you can add additional “accounts payable” accounts to the chart. When you have more than one accounts payable account, QuickBooks lets you choose the account you want to use when you enter and pay bills.”

Have you ever asked yourself How do I pay myself? Salary or Draw?

Have you ever asked yourself as the business owner how you should pay yourself?  This Article from Intuit QuickBooks has some great suggestions on just that!

“Salary or Draw? How to Pay Yourself as Business Owner”