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How To Easily Track Your Business Manufacturing Costs

One thing to look out for during your business career or working in the field is the costs. No matter what type of business you are in or how long you have been working, it will always bite you. The best way to deal with it is to track and manage it. How, though?

What are manufacturing costs?

To start, Manufacturing Costs are the expenses related to the resources used during the process of creating a product. It requires the analysis of all the departments to know how they contributed to the process of manufacturing and all the other associated costs.

There are three major elements in manufacturing costs. Direct Materials, the raw materials that become part of the final product, Direct Labor, the cost of workers, and Manufacturing Overhead, all manufacturing parts that are neither the aforementioned two.

It is considered a good idea to keep track of your manufacturing costs. And since technology is booming nowadays, there are simple, techy ways to do it! According to Brandon Ames, a CEO and a user of MRP Software, there is now an easy way to track all your manufacturing costs till the individual serial numbers of your product. With a few clicks on software, you can even manage your production, stock, purchases, finances, and others!

This is just one way of doing it. There are other ways to keep track of Manufacturing Lot Costs easily!

How to track your business manufacturing costs easily

1.   Setting appropriate prices

One simple way to track your manufacturing costs is by making certain that what you are getting are the right prices. From the product costs to the period costs, check to see if they are the right amount and prices. Your business is hemorrhaging if you are not getting the right amount of money for your products. That’s not ideal for a business.

2.   Managing the inventory

Manage your raw materials, products, and components. Check how much it will cost to manufacture products per quarter—brainstorm how best to maximize your facilities and the company’s overall productivity. The way you control and manage your inventory can make a difference in your manufacturing costs.

3.   Indirect costs

Take into account the indirect product costs. These costs are quite tricky to handle as they don’t exactly readily tie with the specific product. This includes rents, lunches, and office perks. Look at your business costs and think of ways to trim back the expense.

4.   Direct cost

You will need to understand your direct product costs. A direct cost is a price that can be directly (so the name) tied to the production of the goods and/or services. They are different from indirect costs. These include storage, materials, assembly, and distribution, which are always included or jotted down on books.


You will need to do what is best for your business or company. That includes keeping track of your manufacturing costs. There are easy strategies to do these, as stated above. Though, you will have to put in effort and time to accomplish it. Keep your costs under control to satisfy your customers and help your business thrive and fly!


Staff Writer at CPO Magazine