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Calculate rates for any equipment or service
Calculate budgeted hourly rates for any printing and packaging equipment or service.
Gain insight into your true costs
Get a detailed breakdown of every cost component that composes your hourly rates.
Works with any estimating software
Provides budgeted hourly rates (BHRs) required by any estimating & costing MIS/ERP software.
Fast and easy
No accounting knowledge needed. Update your budgeted hourly rates in just minutes!
Benchmark against other companies
Benchmark your labor, factory, and overhead costs and BHRs against other companies.
Increase Good Sales, Eliminate Bad Sales
Win more orders with higher profit and contribution margins.
Built-in industry "Blue Book" rates study
Includes cost and rates studies for thousands of equipment and services for comparisons.
Import your data
Effortlessly importing your spreadsheets, income statements, budgets, and other data.
Find the best pricing strategy
Create various cost and material markups and pricing strategies using your budget.
Project your profitability
Create income statement based on your budget with projected profit margins and ratios.
Create multiple sets of rates
Manage rates and costs for multiple companies, divisions, locations, or what-if scenerios.
Track changes in costs and rates
See how your rates and costs have changed over time and why.
Satisfaction guarantee or your money back!
If you're not happy within the first 30 days, for any reason, we'll refund all of your money.
FREE expert consulting support
You receive support from a real live Profectus industry business consultant, for any reason.
Makes Spreadsheets Obsolete
Cost Rates Advisor is considerably easier, faster, and more reliable than spreadsheets.
Secure, Protected, and Confidential
Profectus employs strict security policies to your account and data.
Works anywhere you do 24/7/365
Cost Rates Advisor runs in the cloud. Use it anywhere with a browser and internet.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to common questions about budgeted hourly rates and Cost Rates Advisor.
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How CostRatesAdvisor Works
Cost Rates Advisor works in harmony with your accounting software and your estimating, pricing, and costing MIS/ERP software.

It analyzes your financial information and calculates the budgeted hourly rates needed by your MIS/ERP software for estimating, price markups, commissions, job costing, job profitability, and Work-In-Process reports.

By consistently using rates that reflect your current financial and production costs, you'll make sharper pricing decisions and win more orders with optimal profit margins.
Easy to update and maintain your rates
Step 1

Create a secure account.

Get started by selecting a Cost Rates Advisor edition and creating a secure account. You’ll immediately be able to log into your Cost Rates Advisor account and begin entering or importing your data*.
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*Import feature is available in Premium and Professional Editions only
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Step 2

Enter or import your data.

Enter or import your equipment, expenses, and employee information into the user-friendly screens. Select how you would like to allocate your expenses using numerous built-in industry best practice formulas. Expenses can be allocated to SG&A overhead, General Factory Overhead, based on the area occupied by equipment, shared by a department, or allocated directly to equipment.

Step 2 The Data Import Wizard saves hours of manual entries by importing your data from spreadsheets or products such as QuickBooks, Enterprise 32, Monarch, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, ADP, Paychex, and other software. With just a few clicks, your budgeted hourly cost are automatically updated in minutes!
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Step 3

Use your updated rates in your MIS/ERP estimating, pricing & costing software.

Cost Rates Advisor will calculate the out-of-pocket costs and the budgeted hourly rates for your equipment or service so you know how much you need to charge to recover costs and make a profit.

Rates can be computed for any equipment or service including prepress, mailing, sheetfed presses, web presses, digital,large format, flexographic, ink-jet, rewinders, cutters, folders, gluers, binders, handwork, kitting, and more.

Cost Rates Advisor provides the budgeted hourly rates needed by your MIS/ERP software for estimating, pricing, and tracking job costs such as Enterprise 32, Avanti, ePace, Monarch, Tharstern, HiFlow, Accura, Printreach, Printsmith, Radius, Microsoft Dynamics, and other software.
  • Komori press budgeted hourly rate
  • HP Indigo budgeted hourly rate
  • Vutek budgeted hourly rate
  • Mark Andy flexo press budgeted hourly rate
  • Ricoh digital presss budgeted hourly rate
  • Bobst die cutter budgeted hourly rate
  • Delivery budgeted hourly rate
  • Horizon stitcher budgeted hourly rate
  • MBO folder budgeted hourly rate
Step 4

Benchmark your costs & rates against the competition and industry.

  • Benchmark your labor, factory, and overhead costs and budgeted hourly rates other companies.
  • A Competitive Cost Score benchmarks your rates against the median value of data collected from other companies.
  • Compare individual equipment and services.
  • Compare your entire plant to companies with similar equipment.
  • Find out if and where your costs are higher or lower than the competition and industry.
  • Provides the information you needed to support markup and pricing strategies.
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