For this assignment, you will focus on the operating budget. An operating budget shows the company’s projected revenue and associated expenses for an upcoming period—usually the next year. An operating budget starts with revenue and then shows each expense type. This includes variable costs—or the costs that vary with sales—such as the cost of raw materials and production labor. The operating budget includes fixed costs, such as the monthly rent on office space or the monthly payment for a photocopier lease. The budget also includes operating expenses, such as interest on business loans, and the noncash expense of depreciation. These items enable the company to compute its projected net income and net profit percentage.
Imagine you are the health care administrator for a nonprofit clinic, home health agency, or outpatient surgery center. Your first task is to locate the strategic plan for that organization or determine its strategic direction through the vision statement, mission or purpose statement, and strategic priorities or goals. You will also need the audited financial statements for the organization. Using the information from your research, develop a one-year operating budget for the chosen entity, which will include operating revenues and expenses. Include a 1–2 page document to justify the approach you use in constructing the operating budget with the strategic plan or strategic direction.
- Upload the strategic plan or strategic direction and audited financial statements as an attachment or include the Web link.
- Complete your operating budget using Excel.
I would use the financial statements from the organization and make changes to it for the operating budget. Let’s say you chose a OSC, you could look up to see the future trends. Let’s say they are calling for a 10% increase in cases, how would that impact your operating budget. Will it lead to more revenue? How will it impact your costs? You would find those categories on the the financial statements and incorporate that into the budget. If the we are expecting more cases, then your revenue would increase. It would also increase certain categories of expenses. Make the adjustment to the current number and put that in the template for the operating budget. The Excel template should be available, via an announcement, tomorrow.
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