Share on Facebook Calculating overhead costs as part of running a service business is a key to determining out how much to charge your clients. In addition, taking a close look at your overhead costs helps determine where to expenses if you want to improve your bottom line. Support Staff Overhead costs related to your support staff include the salaries and benefits you pay to employees that are not related directly to a project. This includes paying your administrators and clerical staff as well as accounting and human resources personnel.
My takeaway was twofold. Ironically, many advertisers spend little time in familiarizing themselves with the various components that make up agency overhead. Further, most client-agency agreements are weak with regard to defining the composition of the overhead rate which gets applied as part of the compensation calculation.
Therefore, determining what is included in or excluded from overhead rate calculations has a direct impact on the fees paid by the advertiser to the agency. Detailing these inclusions and exclusions within the agency Agreement is of utmost importance to promote clarity.
It should be noted that these are not static measurements; overhead rates vary within holding companies, from one agency brand to another and across geographic locations.
For advertisers utilizing services in numerous offices across an agency network, this can be an important consideration. However, sophisticated advertisers can and do negotiate overhead rates utilizing custom methodologies.
Transparency into this area is vital for advertisers to begin to understand the differences in overhead rates across agencies and geographies and will result in a much greater level of comfort when discussing this topic with their agency partners.
Such that the agency is not covering their overhead costs more than 1x across the client base. Lack of transparency in this area can lead to abuse opportunity and inflated fees. As an example, are there hours from individuals at the agency incorporated into direct-labor costs that should not be?
For instance, freelancers, independent contractors and or consultant time investment should not have overhead applied and therefore not be allocated to agency direct-labor costs. The subject of part-time and or temporary W-2 employees is a topic for conversation between the advertiser and their agency.
Interested in finding out how an advertiser can verify whether its agency is adhering to what has been mutually agreed to be included in overhead?What you need to know. Table A provides a list of questions you need to answer to help you meet your federal tax obligations.
After each question is the location in this publication where you will find the related discussion. The IRS mission. The allocation and identification of direct and indirect costs contributes to more accurate profit calculations. Not only is the clarification of costs important to business owners, it may be of particular interest to some prime contractors who may actually impose a specific accounting methodology in order to meet its own policy requirements.
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