The GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) formula for determining a business’s profit is Sales – Expenses = Profit. It is simple, logical and clear. In the GAAP formula profit is a left over, a final consideration, something that is hopefully a nice surprise at the end of the year. Alas, the profit is rarely there and the business continues on its cheque to cheque survival.
Sales – Expenses = PROFIT
With Profit First you to flip the formula to: –
Sales – PROFIT = Expenses
Logically the math is the same, but from the stand point of the entrepreneur’s behaviour it is radically different. With Profit First, you take a predetermined percentage of profit from every sale first, and only the remainder is available for expenses.