# How To Calculate Recurring Margin in Basecamp | Arithmix

Learn how to calculate recurring margin in Basecamp with our step-by-step guide. Increase your profitability and streamline your project management with this essential skill.

Calculating recurring margin is an important aspect of running a successful business. It helps you understand the profitability of your recurring revenue streams and make informed decisions about pricing, expenses, and investments. In this article, we'll explain what recurring margin is, when it's valuable to calculate it, and how to do it.

## What Is Recurring Margin?

Recurring margin is the profit you make on your recurring revenue streams, such as subscriptions, memberships, or service contracts. It's calculated by subtracting the recurring expenses from the recurring revenue and dividing the result by the recurring revenue. The recurring expenses include the cost of goods sold, labor, overhead, and any other expenses directly related to delivering the recurring service or product.

For example, if you have a monthly subscription service that generates \$10,000 in revenue and costs \$5,000 in expenses, your recurring margin is 50%. This means that for every dollar of recurring revenue, you make 50 cents in profit.

Recurring margin is different from gross margin, which includes all the revenue and expenses of a business, not just the recurring ones. Gross margin is useful for understanding the overall profitability of a business, while recurring margin is useful for understanding the profitability of specific revenue streams.

## When Is It Valuable To Calculate Recurring Margin?

Calculating recurring margin is valuable in several situations:

• When you're pricing your recurring services or products. Knowing your recurring margin helps you set prices that cover your expenses and generate a profit.
• When you're evaluating the profitability of your recurring revenue streams. If a revenue stream has a low recurring margin, it may not be worth continuing or investing in.
• When you're comparing the profitability of different recurring revenue streams. Recurring margin allows you to compare apples-to-apples and make informed decisions about where to focus your resources.
• When you're forecasting your revenue and expenses. Recurring margin helps you predict your future profitability and make adjustments to your pricing, expenses, or investments.

## How To Calculate Recurring Margin

To calculate recurring margin, follow these steps:

1. Identify your recurring revenue streams and their recurring revenue. This can be done using your accounting software or by manually tracking your invoices and payments.
2. Identify your recurring expenses for each revenue stream. This can be done using your accounting software or by manually tracking your expenses.
3. Subtract the recurring expenses from the recurring revenue for each revenue stream.
4. Divide the result by the recurring revenue for each revenue stream.
5. Express the result as a percentage.

For example, let's say you have two recurring revenue streams:

• Monthly subscription service: \$10,000 in revenue, \$5,000 in expenses
• Annual service contract: \$50,000 in revenue, \$20,000 in expenses

To calculate the recurring margin for each revenue stream:

• Monthly subscription service: (\$10,000 - \$5,000) / \$10,000 = 50%
• Annual service contract: (\$50,000 - \$20,000) / \$50,000 = 60%

By calculating the recurring margin for each revenue stream, you can see that the annual service contract is more profitable than the monthly subscription service, even though it generates less revenue.

## How Do You Calculate Recurring Margin in Basecamp

Basecamp itself isn’t naturally geared towards letting you calculate complex metrics like Recurring Margin. As an alternative, teams typically use products like Arithmix to import data from Basecamp and build out dashboards.

## What is Arithmix?

Arithmix is the next generation spreadsheet - a collaborative, web-based platform for working with numbers that’s powerful yet easy to use. With Arithmix you can import data from systems like Basecamp, combine it with data from other systems, and create calculations like Recurring Margin.

In Arithmix, data is organized into Tables and referenced by name, not by cell location like a spreadsheet, simplifying calculation creation. Data and calculations can be shared with others and re-used like building blocks, vastly streamlining analysis, model building, and reporting in a highly scalable and easy to maintain platform. Data can be edited, categorized (by dimensions) and freely pivoted. Calculations are automatically copied across a dimension - eliminating copy and paste of formulas.