An activity variance is **the difference**. **between a revenue or cost item in the flexible budget and the same item in the static planning budget**. An activity variance is due solely to the difference in the actual level of activity used in the flexible budget and the level of activity assumed in the planning budget.

Contents

- How do you know if a activity variance is favorable or unfavorable?
- How is activity variance calculated?
- When activity variance for revenue is favorable?
- What is a spending variance and what does it mean?
- Who is usually responsible for sales activity variances Why?
- What makes a good variance?
- What is the activity variance in net operating income?
- What will the fixed expenses activity variance be?
- How do you find a company’s variance?
- Is favorable variances always good?
- Is variance a risk?
- What are some possible causes of variances?
- How do you avoid variances?
- Why variance analysis is important?
- Which variances should be investigated?
- What Favourable and Unfavourable variances are?
- Why is the identification of favorable and unfavorable variances so important to a company?
- What is revenue variance?
- What are variances in accounting?
- What are the 3 main sales variances?

## How do you know if a activity variance is favorable or unfavorable?

**If revenues were higher than expected, or expenses were lower, the variance is favorable**. If revenues were lower than budgeted or expenses were higher, the variance is unfavorable.

## How is activity variance calculated?

When adding up the activity variance of a series of tasks you don’t just sum the figures. **AV is the square root of the sum of the total activity variance**. The standard deviation for the project as a whole is the sum of all the actvity variances. If you sum those figures 1089 + 10,000 + 17,689 + 2,7556 = 56,334.

## When activity variance for revenue is favorable?

Significance of a Budget Variance

A variance should be indicated appropriately as “favorable” or “unfavorable.” A favorable variance is one where **revenue comes in higher than budgeted**, or when expenses are lower than predicted. The result could be greater income than originally forecast.

## What is a spending variance and what does it mean?

A spending variance is **the difference between the actual amount of a particular expense and the expected (or budgeted) amount of an expense**.

## Who is usually responsible for sales activity variances Why?

Sales activity variances are most often the responsibility of **marketing managers**. However, if factors such as quality of product and meeting delivery schedules impact the volume of sales, production managers who affect quality and delivery may also affect the sales activity variance.

## What makes a good variance?

A favorable variance occurs when **the cost to produce something is less than the budgeted cost**. It means a business is making more profit than originally anticipated. Favorable variances could be the result of increased efficiencies in manufacturing, cheaper material costs, or increased sales.

## What is the activity variance in net operating income?

An activity variance is due solely to **the difference in the actual level of activity used in the flexible budget and the level of activity assumed in the planning budget**.

## What will the fixed expenses activity variance be?

Fixed costs will be the same in the static/planning budget and the flexible budget because fixed costs are unaffected in total by changes in the activity level. Therefore activity variances for fixed costs are **always zero**.

## How do you find a company’s variance?

It is calculated by taking the differences between each number in the data set and the mean, then squaring the differences to make them positive, and finally dividing the sum of the squares by the number of values in the data set.

## Is favorable variances always good?

Obtaining a favorable variance (or, for that matter, an unfavorable variance) **does not necessarily mean much**, since it is based upon a budgeted or standard amount that may not be an indicator of good performance.

## Is variance a risk?

**Variance is a measurement of the degree of risk in an investment**. Risk reflects the chance that an investment’s actual return, or its gain or loss over a specific period, is higher or lower than expected.

## What are some possible causes of variances?

**There are four common reasons why actual expenditure or income will show a variance against the budget.**

- The cost is more (or less) than budgeted. Budgets are prepared in advance and can only ever estimate income and expenditure. …
- Planned activity did not occur when expected. …
- Change in planned activity. …
- Error/Omission.

## How do you avoid variances?

**When coming up with the next steps for larger variances, consider:**

- Adjusting your budget to be more realistic.
- Reconsidering your projected revenue by changing your prices, volumes or sales process.
- Increasing your customer demand by changing your product or increasing your marketing budget.

## Why variance analysis is important?

Importance of Variance Analysis

Planning: **Helps managers to budget smarter and more accurately**. Control: Assists in more significant control management of departments and budgeting. Responsibility: Helps with the assignment of trust within an organisation. Monitoring: Helps to monitor success and failure.

## Which variances should be investigated?

**When should a variance be investigated – factors to consider**

- Size. A standard is an average expected cost and therefore small variations between the actual and the standard are bound to occur. …
- Favourable or adverse. …
- Cost. …
- Past pattern. …
- The budget. …
- Reliability of figures.

## What Favourable and Unfavourable variances are?

What does favorable and unfavorable mean in accounting? In the field of accounting, variance simply refers to the difference between budgeted and actual figures. **Higher revenues and lower expenses are referred to as favorable variances.** **Lower revenues and higher expenses are referred to as unfavorable variances**.

## Why is the identification of favorable and unfavorable variances so important to a company?

Understanding Unfavorable Variance

Budgets are important to corporations because **it helps them plan for the future by projecting how much revenue is expected to be generated from sales**. As a result, companies can plan how much to spend on various projects or investments in the company.

## What is revenue variance?

Revenue Variance Analysis is **used to measure differences between actual sales and expected sales**, based on sales volume metrics, sales mix metrics, and contribution margin calculations.

## What are variances in accounting?

A variance in accounting is **the difference between a forecasted amount and the actual amount**. Variances are common in budgeting, but you can have a variance in anything that you forecast. Basically, whenever you predict something, you’re bound to have either a favorable or unfavorable variance.

## What are the 3 main sales variances?

**How to Calculate Sales Variance**

- The actual sale price of your product (per unit)
- The standard sale price of your product (how much you budgeted to sell your product for per unit)
- The number of units sold.