Direct Costs

What are Direct Costs?

Direct costs are expenses that can be directly attributed to a specific product, project, or department, such as raw materials or labor. 

Example of Direct Costs

For a furniture manufacturer, direct costs include the wood, hardware, and wages for the workers assembling the furniture.

How To Identify Direct Costs

Determine if the cost can be directly linked to the production of specific goods or services. If yes, it is a direct cost. 

  • Special Tip: Regularly review and track direct costs to ensure accurate product pricing and cost control.
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  • Advantages 
    • Provides a clear understanding of production costs. 
    • Helps in accurate product pricing. 
    • Essential for cost management and profitability analysis. 
  • Disadvantages 
    • Can be complex to track for businesses with diverse products. 
    • Requires detailed record-keeping.


What is the difference between direct and indirect costs?

Direct costs are directly attributable to a product, while indirect costs are not.

Yes, they can fluctuate based on production volume and material prices.

They are a key factor in determining the cost of goods sold and product pricing.

Overhead expenses like rent, utilities, and administrative salaries.


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