The gross margin percent is the gross margin divided by sales, displayed as a percentage. Acceptable levels depend on the nature of the business. There are providers who can deliver standard gross margins for different types of industries based on SIC (Standard Industry Classification) codes that categorize industries.
A broker is an intermediary that serves as a go-between for the buyer or seller. Check out our latest articles on law and taxes for more information on the legal side of setting up and managing your business.
Value is the ratio of perceived benefits compared to price for a product or service. Check out How to Create a Unique Value Proposition for more on working out exactly what the value of your product or service is.
A business mission is, also called a mission statement, is a brief description of an organization’s purpose with reference to its customers, products or services, markets, philosophy, and technology. For more on your business mission, see How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Easy Steps and Mission Statement Examples.
Direct marketing refers to any method of distribution that gives the customer access to an organization’s products and services without intermediaries; also, any communication from the producer that communicates with a target market to generate a revenue producing response. For further reading, our article on the outline for a marketing plan can help you plan your...
Primary success factors include considerations regarding: The choice of business based on the status of the market Education and experience People and collaboration Creativity and innovation versus business skills and networks Incubation potential Leveraging available resources Management practices
Product life cycle refers to the phases of the sales projections or history of a product or service category over time used to assist with marketing mix decisions and strategic options available. The four stages of the product life cycle include introduction, growth, maturity, and decline, and typically follow a predictable pattern based on sales...
Equity financing refers to the sales of some portion of ownership in a venture to gain additional capital for startup. See Bplans’ articles on angel investment and venture capital for more.