# Pricing Structures & Pricing Methods¶

You can find pricing settings under the Company Settings page in the main menu.

Real Build Pro's pricing methods provide a convenient way to customize the pricing on your estimates. While calculating an estimate, Real Build Pro will look at the project's chosen pricing structure and apply each of its pricing methods as necessary.

What is the difference between a pricing structure and a pricing method?

**Pricing Structure**: A pricing structure is a grouping of pricing methods.

**Pricing Method**: A pricing method is the actual line item applied to the estimate.

Property | Description |
---|---|

Client Visible | Choose whether or not to display the markup to the client. |

Accounting | The accounting code to apply the cost to. |

Name | The line item name that will be referenced on the estimate. Open book projects will display this to the client. |

Description | A description of the cost. This is not visible to the client. |

Tip

You can always add or delete a particular pricing method from your estimate or budget line if it is not required.

## How Pricing Methods Are Calculated¶

When it comes to determining how a pricing method gets applied to an estimate, there are two options:

Options | Description |
---|---|

Apply Per Budget Line | This option applies the pricing method to each new budget line. Pricing methods using this setting apply before any global pricing methods. |

Globally Apply Per Estimate | This option applies the markup across the entire estimate. Pricing methods using this setting apply after per budget line pricing methods. |

Besides choosing what to apply the pricing method to, you must also choose how to apply it. To handle this, the pricing method algorithm takes into consideration two variables when creating a pricing method: `Type`

and `Applied As`

.

### Type¶

The `Type`

of pricing method affects how the amounts are categorized within your project.

Type | Description |
---|---|

Profit | The amounts derived when using this type of pricing method are categorized separately from the cost and tax amounts and added to the project's total profits. |

Cost | The amounts derived when using this type of pricing method are categorized separately from the profit and tax category and are added to the project's total costs. |

Tax | The amounts derived when using this type of pricing method are categorized separately from the cost and profit categories and are added to the project's total taxes. |

### Applied As¶

The `Applied As`

variable gives you the option to calculate your pricing using either `Markup`

or `Margin`

. Use the dollar sign and percent sign toggle next to each `Cost Category`

to specify whether to use an absolute dollar amount or a percentage amount when applying the pricing method.

Applied As | Description |
---|---|

Markup | The pricing method is applied against the cost. |

Margin | The pricing method is applied against the total. |

### Cost Categories¶

What your pricing method is being applied to (per line or per estimate) will also affect how the pricing method applies to each category.

When using `Apply Per Budget Line`

, your pricing method will look at the category of each budget line, and if your pricing method uses that category (or the All category), it will be applied at the budget line level. If `Globally Apply Per Estimate`

is chosen, then the pricing method will apply the amount entered against the category's total amount instead of per line.

Category | Description |
---|---|

All | Applies the amount to all categories. Entering an amount into a category below will override this amount on that category only. |

None | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `None` category. |

Materials | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `Materials` category. |

Labor | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `Labor` category. |

Subcontract | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `Subcontract` category. |

Equipment | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `Equipment` category. |

Other | The amount entered into this field will be applied to the `Other` category. |

Markup Examples

**Calculating profit using markup as a percentage amount:**

Subtotal: $100

Markup: 10%

Profit: $10 = Cost x Markup

Grand Total: $110 = Cost + Profit

**Calculating profit using markup as a fixed amount:**

Subtotal: $100

Markup: $10

Profit: $10 = Cost + Markup

Grand Total: $110 = Cost + Profit

Margin Examples

**Calculating profit using margin as a percentage amount:**

Subtotal: $100

Margin: 10%

Profit: $11.12 = Cost / (100% - Margin)

New Total: $111.12 = Cost + Profit

**Calculating profit using margin as a fixed amount:**

Subtotal: $100

Markup: $10

Profit: $10 = Cost + Margin

Grand Total: $110 = Cost + Profit

Quote

There is no difference between a $5 markup and a $5 margin except for the percentage.