Margin calculator

Calculating your margin will help you find the right selling price for your product so you can optimize your profits. To use this calculator, simply enter the gross cost for your item and then how much money you’d like to make on each sale.

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What are margins?

Generally speaking, your profit margin is what your company uses to determine what percentage of sales has turned into profits. It’s also considered your bottom line after all other expenses have been taken into account.

To maximize your cash flow, you'll want to increase your gross profit margins, which can be accomplished by either increasing profits or decreasing costs.

How to manage your margins like a pro

  • Your profit margin offers critical insight into the health of your business, such as whether you’re making money or you’ve priced your product appropriately. Here are some helpful tips:
  • Profit margins generally differ from industry to industry. Look at how your profit margin compares with other businesses in your sector as a benchmark.
  • While a healthy margin is important, it’s only one measurement of your financial health and shouldn’t come at the cost of other factors, such as satisfied customers, happy employees, steady growth and good debt ratios.
  • Getting paid on time is key to increasing your profits. Check out how Wave offers better payment solutions to help you manage your cash flow and improve your bottom line.
  • Did you know that you can run cash flow and P&L reports by using Wave's free accounting software?
  • Check out our other accounting tools that can help you calculate cash flow, budget, burn rate, and more!"

How to use the margin calculator

To calculate your margins with this free calculator, follow these instructions:

  1. Enter how much it costs you to produce the good or service you sell.
  2. Enter how much you want to earn as profit off of your good or service.
  3. Click “Calculate” to generate your final sale price, the profit you will earn, and the gross margin percentage of your profit amount vs. your sale price.
  4. Keep using the tool to figure out the optimal margin you want to earn from the goods or services you sell.
  5. Consider the expenses you pay to provide your goods or services to customers, including production costs, software fees, and other operating expenses.
  6. Make sure your margins more than cover these expenses.

Essential parts of an income statement

There are 5 main elements of an income statement, also known as a profit and loss (P&L) statement:

  1. Total income: This is the total amount of money you earn from selling your goods and services
  2. Total costs: This is how much it costs you to product the goods you sell
  3. Gross profit: This is the profit you make on the goods you sell after production costs
  4. Total operating expenses: These are the expenses you pay to keep the lights on for your business, including software costs, internet costs, and other expenses
  5. Net profit: After all your costs and expenses have been covered, this is how much money you'll take home from your business

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

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There are 5 main elements of an income statement, also known as a profit and loss (P&L) statement:

  1. Total income: This is the total amount of money you earn from selling your goods and services
  2. Total costs: This is how much it costs you to product the goods you sell
  3. Gross profit: This is the profit you make on the goods you sell after production costs
  4. Total operating expenses: These are the expenses you pay to keep the lights on for your business, including software costs, internet costs, and other expenses
  5. Net profit: After all your costs and expenses have been covered, this is how much money you'll take home from your business

Benefits of using a margin calculator

  • This tool gives you a solid view of how profitable your business has been
  • Your profit margin can help you gauge your business' financial health
  • You can use your profit margin to benchmark yourself against peers in your industry, based on public data available
  • If you're looking to obtain additional funds, your profit margin can help lenders evaluate your request

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FAQs

What is gross profit margin?

Gross profit margin is a metric you can use to measure your business’ profitability by comparing the revenue you generate (net sales) and the costs directly related to the products you sell (costs of goods sold). These costs do not include any operating costs, taxes, and other expenses. Here’s how you calculate gross profit margin:

Gross Profit Margin = (Net Sales - Costs of Goods Sold) / Net Sales * 100

With gross profit margin, you can find out whether the revenue your business earns is fully covering your production costs.

Why is gross profit margin important?

A high gross profit margin tells you that your business is successfully earning more than enough profit to cover production costs. A low gross profit margin, on the other hand, tells you that your business is only slightly generating enough profit to cover production costs.

What is net profit margin?

Net profit margin is a metric you can use to measure your business’ profitability by comparing your net income with revenue. Net income is the revenue you have left over after costs of goods sold, operating costs, and other expenses like taxes, debts, and related payments. Net income can also take into account other sources of income you generate outside of your business. Here’s how you calculate net profit margin:

Net Profit Margin = (Revenue - Costs of Goods Sold - Operating Costs - Taxes - Other Expenses) / Revenue * 100

With net profit margin, you can find out how much of each revenue your business makes turns into profit after accounting for associated costs and expenses.

Why is net profit margin important?

A high net profit margin tells you that your business is turning a considerable amount of revenue into profit compared to the costs your business is incurring.

Why did my profit margin increase?

Your profit margin might increase due to one of the following factors:

  • Your net sales have increased while the costs of selling those goods has remained stable
  • Your costs of selling goods have decreased while your net sales have remained stable
  • Your operating expenses have decreased while your net sales have remained stable

Why did my profit margin decrease?

Your profit margin might decrease due to one of the following factors:

  • Your net sales have decreased while the costs of selling those goods has remained stable
  • Your costs of selling goods have increased while your net sales have remained stable
  • Your operating expenses have increased while your net sales have remained stable

How can I increase my profit margin?

You can increase your profit margin in a few different ways. First, you could increase your total net sales to increase revenue while keeping your costs of selling those goods and operating expenses stable. If you’re unable to increase your total net sales, see if you’re able to increase the price of your goods to increase total revenue. You can find ways to decrease your selling costs and operating expenses.

What's the difference between gross and net profit?

Gross profit margin shows the percentage of revenue your business makes that exceeds the costs associated with producing the goods you sell. 

Net profit margin, on the other hand, shows the percentage of revenue your business makes that becomes net profit compared to total operating costs and related expenses.

Where can I find profit margin data?

You can find both gross profit margin and net profit margin data in the profit and loss (P&L) statement that you can generate for free when you sign up for Wave. By analyzing your income, cost, and operating expense data, Wave will automatically generate a profit and loss statement that clearly displays both your gross profit and net profit.

How to manage your margins like a pro

  • Your profit margin offers critical insight into the health of your business, such as whether you’re making money or you’ve priced your product appropriately. Here are some helpful tips:
  • Profit margins generally differ from industry to industry. Look at how your profit margin compares with other businesses in your sector as a benchmark.
  • While a healthy margin is important, it’s only one measurement of your financial health and shouldn’t come at the cost of other factors, such as satisfied customers, happy employees, steady growth and good debt ratios.
  • Getting paid on time is key to increasing your profits. Check out how Wave offers better payment solutions to help you manage your cash flow and improve your bottom line.
  • Did you know that you can run cash flow and P&L reports by using Wave's free accounting software?
  • Check out our other accounting tools that can help you calculate cash flow, budget, burn rate, and more!"

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