Business Cost Calculator - Help
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About help
About the Business Cost Calculator
About access
Collapse Using the Business Cost CalculatorUsing the Business Cost Calculator
About cost categories
About compliance cost constraints
Navigation tabs
Start a new file
Open an existing file
Export a report
Save a file
Print
Close the Business Cost Calculator
Screen tools
Major actions
Collapse Home screenHome screen
Start a new file
Open an existing file
Collapse Calculate costs screenCalculate costs screen
Add an overview
Set up compliance cost constraints
Calculate costs
Collapse Add an overview formAdd an overview form
What to include
What next
Set up compliance cost constraints form
Collapse Calculate costs - no optionsCalculate costs - no options
Create an option
Collapse Calculate costs - 1 optionCalculate costs - 1 option
Create a task
See an option
Delete an option
Copy an option
Collapse Calculate costs - options addedCalculate costs - options added
Create a task
See an option
Reorder an option
Delete an option
Copy an option
Collapse Calculate costs - tasks addedCalculate costs - tasks added
Create an activity costing
See an option or a task
Reorder an option
Reorder a task
Delete an option or task
Copy an option or task
Show and hide tasks
Collapse Calculate costs - activities addedCalculate costs - activities added
See an option, task or activity costing
Reorder an option
Reorder a task
Reorder an activity costing
Delete an option, task or activity costing
Copy an option, task or activity costing
Show costings for years
Show and hide tasks
Show and hide activities in list
Form 1 - create an option
Form 2 - create a task
Form 3 - create activity costing
See cost summary
See calculation formula
Wage calculator
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Business Cost Calculator report
Business Cost Calculator present value report
Business Cost Calculator detailed report
Business Cost Calculator cost category report
Business Cost Calculator supporting evidence report
Frequently asked questions
Glossary
Helpful websites
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Enter the Calculate costs tab
Your feedback
What's a regulation
Compliance costs
What's a BCC report
What's a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)

Screen tools

The Business Cost Calculator has a range of tools to make it really easy to use.

Show & hide link

This lets you expand a section to see it and hide it when you're done. The main ones are next to the Overview and Calculate costs sections in the Calculate costs tab.

But they're all over the place. When you see one, try it. You'll see more info that might help you.

Show all help link

This acts in the same way as the basic Show & hide link. But clicking on this will reveal hidden help info on the screen ... just in case you need more info on a form.

Save to your computer button

This is the MOST IMPORTANT button in the Business Cost Calculator. It lets you save the work you've done. It also updates a page, so you see the changes you've made.

You need to click this button many times - like when you're working in Word and don't want to lose work you've done.

If you don't, you'll lose stuff.

Cancel button

This takes you out of the form you're in. If you click this, none of the work you've done will be saved.

Add this ... button

A number of forms have an Add this ... button, for example, Add this task. Click this to add the info you're creating to your policy. You'll see when you start calculating costs.

Delete button

This deletes stuff you've created. For example, you can delete an option you've created in Calculate costs.

Copy link

This copies an option, task or activity costing you've already created. You can choose where you want the copy to appear in your proposal, including keeping it in the same area as the original.

Show costings for years

If you're costing for several years, not just 1, you can choose to see the costings for a specific year. You can also make the option only show the total costings of the specific year you've chosen.

For example, you have an option containing costings for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years. There are (3) 1st year costings, (1) 2nd year costing and (2) 3rd year costings. You choose to see only the 1st year costings. The Business Cost Calculator will add up all the 1st year costings for the option and provide a total of 1st year costings at the option level.

Note: This is only available if you chose 'variable' (costs change from year to year) when setting up your constraints.

Action links

Action links are like buttons, but look more like links. Click these to perform the action. For example, Create / choose wage.

Checkboxes

Checkboxes let you choose more than one option. You simply click on them to make your choice. A tick will appear to show you've chosen an item.

Radio buttons

Radio buttons let you choose only one option. You simply click on them to make your choice.

Print icon

You can print the page you're working on.

To do this, hit the print icon in the top right, choose your printer and print. It's that easy.

Messages

When using the Business Cost Calculator, a number of messages will appear onscreen. Read these, they're important.

Some will be error messages.
These will appear next to an error icon.

Some will be reminder messages.
These will appear next to an alert icon.

Warnings

Sometimes, you'll see a warning message about a problem. This could happen if you try to open the wrong file or try to close something without saving it.

The messages will appear in the top left corner of the screen.