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New Book Announcement: Cost Accounting Made Simple

Cost Accounting Book CoverJust a brief announcement for today. We’ll return to our more typical discussion material on Friday.

My new book Cost Accounting Made Simple is available on Amazon. The book is meant to serve as a followup to Accounting Made Simple, which has been my best-selling book over the last several years.

The print version is temporarily on sale for 50% off the normal list price (i.e., just $7.50 rather than the usual $15).

What is Cost Accounting?

Cost accounting is the process of measuring how much it costs a business to supply customers with the goods or services that it sells.

Cost accounting is important because it provides business owners/managers with information that is critical to running the business. For example, if a business doesn’t know how much it costs to produce each of its products, it will make poor decisions about how much to charge for them.

Similarly, if a business has inaccurate information about how much it is spending to run one of its divisions, it may continue running that division for years, losing money the whole time without even realizing it. The opposite problem can occur as well. For example, if costs are inappropriately allocated to a given product line, the business may incorrectly think that the product line is unprofitable (and choose to shut it down) when the division is actually earning a net profit for the company.

Cost accounting is also useful for finding the source of a problem. For example, if a business reaches all of its sales goals, but still has a less profitable month than it had anticipated, cost accounting provides the tools to figure out exactly which costs were higher than anticipated.

What Does the Book Cover?

As with the other books in the “in 100 Pages or Less” series, this book seeks to provide a concise, understandable introduction to the topic. The book discusses:

  • Fixed costs, variable costs, contribution margin, and how to use those concepts to project a business’s income or loss for a given level of sales;
  • Direct costs, indirect costs, and how to assign each of them to products/departments for better decision-making;
  • How to budget for a business;
  • How to use variance analysis to identify potential problems when results vary from budgeted amounts;
  • Product costs, period costs, and why the distinction is important;
  • Job order costing and process costing; and
  • How to use activity-based costing to allocate costs.

Click here to see the book on Amazon.

To Learn More, Check Out the Book:

Cost Accounting Made Simple: Cost Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less

Topics Covered in the Book:
  • Cost accounting terminology (fixed costs vs. variable costs, product costs vs. period costs, direct costs vs. indirect costs, etc.)
  • Cost-volume-profit analysis
  • Job order costing, process costing, activity-based costing
  • Budgeting and variance analysis
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