Managing Project Finances

Understanding and Controlling Project Costs

Control your costs to stay within budget.

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A well-managed project is completed on time, on spec, and on budget.

It's generally the case that cost is one of the major factors in determining the success of a project – and no one wants to be responsible for a cost overrun. With that in mind, how do you make sure that you keep 'on budget' with your project?

The simple answer is 'control'. If you're going to have any chance of staying within budget then you need to manage the project costs proactively and systematically. Thankfully, there are many tools and ideas that can give you this control.

Project cost management includes three basic processes:

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