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3 Reasons Why Math Is Important In Business 


When you run a business, there will be times, especially at the very start, when you need to take on all roles. That means being competent in every aspect of business management, which is often a stumbling block for people. They might be excellent at design but poor at time management. They might be beautiful communicators but terrible when it comes to budgeting. 

Until a time comes when you can hire more staff to take on the roles that you are not so confident in or have the funds to outsource to a third party, you must learn as much as possible about all aspects of running a business. Math will be of great importance; this is part of many different business areas. Read on to find out why. 

Calculate Costs For Your Business

The point of running a business is to make a profit. The profit comes when you sell something for more than you bought it for or more than it costs you to make. Regarding service, the profit comes from working out your labor costs and ensuring that all materials you might need are also covered. 

This all, of course, requires a reasonable level of math, and the better you are at this subject, perhaps even obtaining a master’s in statistics online, the better for your business. Working out what something has cost you and then calculating what price you are going to sell it at so that it makes a profit is crucial. It is also essential to have an idea of the general cost of what other businesses are selling this product or service for and ensuring that you fall in line with their costs too. 

If you cannot make these calculations, you run the risk of making a loss, and if that happens for too long, your business will have to fold. 

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Budget For Your Business

Every business needs to run following its budget. Budgeting means that you can keep your costs down, only spending what you know you can afford. Without calculating a budget, you can easily overspend, which can leave you in enormous financial difficulties. 

You might have separate budgets for each department that add up to a whole amount that cannot be overspent on, or you might have one overall budget that you need to keep a tally throughout the year. However you choose to do it, you will find that having a budget helps you keep on track. 

Negotiation Is Key To Business Sucess

It is part of the business to negotiate deals and lower prices. If you don’t understand your initial costs, it won’t be easy – it may even be impossible – to carry out any successful negotiations. You won’t know whether or not you will be making any money on the price you agree to pay, and neither will you know what a good deal is when you reach one. 

Your customers may also try to negotiate. They may want to haggle for a lower price, and unless you know your costings and your breakeven point, there is no way you can enter into discussions with them successfully. 

Sean Jacobson

I'm Sean, a former HR and business consultant providing you insights into the business world for Leader to Leader.

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