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Variable cost

A cost that is directly proportional to the volume of output produced. When production is zero, the variable cost is equal to zero.

Variable Cost

A cost to a person or business that varies over time according to a number of factors. For example, a dental office must buy dental supplies, which usually cost about the same. This is a fixed cost. On the other hand, the dental office must also pay the electric and gas and water bills, which may fluctuate considerably. This is a variable cost.

variable cost

The costs of production that vary directly in proportion to the number of units produced. Variable costs often include labor expenses and raw material costs, because labor and raw material usually must be increased to increase output. Firms for which variable costs represent a high proportion of total costs are usually less likely to experience large fluctuations in earnings, because changes in sales and revenues are accompanied by nearly equal changes in costs. Compare fixed cost.
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Those who have not yet thrown in the towel generally decide to address their challenge in one of three ways: Do nothing, discount goods and services and or trim variable expenses or restructure their fixed expenses.
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All we need to do is to build into the system a capacity to distinguish between the two types of variable expense just discussed--the time-variable expenses, as they might be called, and the output-variable expenses.
Management must then focus primarily on budgeting and controlling variable expenses.
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Reasonably minimise variable expenses in daily life such as food, electricity and water consumption, etc.
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It can be difficult to predict accurately some variable expenses such as entertainment.

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