Business owners use cost allocation to assign costs to specific cost objects. Cost objects include products, departments, programs, and jobs. Cost allocation is necessary for any type of business, but it’s more frequently used in manufacturing businesses that incur a wider variety of costs.
If you have a business, you have overhead costs. Whether you work alone or have a staff of 50, overhead expenses are a part of doing business. Learn what overhead costs are, the different types of overhead your business may have, and how you or your bookkeeper can learn to easily calculate them.
As a business owner, you need to manage all aspects of your business, including accurately accounting for various costs. Whether you’re using accounting software or recording expenses manually, one area where business owners may struggle is properly categorizing direct costs and indirect costs.