What is a good percentage for profit?

good percentage for profit

What is a good percentage for profit?  This is a question that we get a lot at our accounting firm. The answer, unfortunately, is not as straightforward as we would like it to be. It depends on a number of factors, including the industry in which your business operates, the size of your company, and the current economic conditions.


That being said, there are some general guidelines that you can follow when it comes to setting your profit margins. In this blog post, we'll outline what those guidelines are and give you some tips on how to increase your profit margins so that your business can be more successful.


Profit Margin Guidelines for U.K. Small Businesses

As we mentioned above, there is no magic number when it comes to what percentage of profit is "good" for small businesses in the UK. However, there are some guideline numbers that you can use as a starting point when determining your own profit margins.


For example, the average net profit margin for all businesses in the UK is 5%. This means that for every £1 of revenue that a company generates, they can expect to make 5 pence in profit.


However, the good percentage for profit number varies depending on the industry in which your business operates. For example, businesses in the retail industry tend to have lower profit margins than businesses in the professional services industry because they have higher overhead costs (e.g., inventory, staff, rent). As such, businesses in the retail industry typically aim for a net profit margin of 3-4% while businesses in the professional services industry typically aim for a net profit margin of 10-15%.


Of course, these are just averages and there will always be businesses that outperform their peers regardless of industry. For example, Apple has a net profit margin of 20%, which means that for every £1 of revenue generate they make 20 pence in profit. This is significantly higher than the average net profit margin for all companies in the UK and is a testament to Apple's efficient operations and strong brand equity.



So, what is a good percentage for profit? The answer really depends on a number of factors including the industry in which your business operates and the size of your company. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow when setting your own profit margins. By following these guidelines and continuously looking for ways to increase your profits, you can ensure that your business is successful now and into the future.


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Annette Ferguson 

Owner of Annette & Co. - Chartered Accountants & Certified Profit First Professionals. Helping online service-based entrepreneurs find clarity in their numbers, increase wealth and have more money in their pockets.

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